What better way to spend this chilly week with St. Patrick’s Day coming up than to craft?!
We are expecting snow tomorrow and if you add freezing temperatures + my babies having colds, that = us not leaving the house much this week!
That’s ok! We have a lot of St. Patrick’s Day activities planned. We are going to make green sparkly home-made play dough, play some counting coin games, and make some adorable crafts.
Here are 4 of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day crafts for you and your little ones to enjoy!
As a kindergarten teacher, I loved holidays and themed activities, and with a closet full of craft supplies (which is now in multiple bins in my basement!) I have a lot of ideas and materials. I love that James is old enough now that he can enjoy painting and crafting with me! We like to complete these messy activities when Ella is sleeping, for the most part!
1. Sensory Rainbow Paint Bag
Who doesn’t love a good sensory paint bag, and no mess?! We do these all the time, and mostly with freezer bags, but I didn’t have any left today so we used a quart size bag. All I did was dump a few drops of each color paint in the bag on top of a small piece of cardstock paper. The more colors the better! This is especially great for young toddlers who like to eat everything.
We have been talking a lot about rainbows in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and love to sing the Rainbow song from The Mother Goose Club. James knows how to say all of the colors, but doesn’t quite associate them yet!
2. Handprint Rainbow
Another great rainbow activity that came out so cute is this hand print rainbow. I glued a black pot of gold to a piece of cardstock, and dipped James’ hand in each color paint to create a rainbow. Then we played with small coins made of construction paper for a bit, and I let him glue them on the pot of gold. Counting is a great activity around St. Patrick’s Day too! You can count down the days until the holiday, count coins, or count colors of the rainbow. James is just starting to count now, and can make it to 5! How cute is this craft?
3. Sponge-Paint Shamrock
I like to do this craft a lot, just change the image based on the theme you are using! I taped a cut out shamrock to a piece of yellow construction paper, and then let James sponge paint over the top of it and all around the paper using cotton balls. This craft is so simple, keeps toddlers occupied for a while, and practices fine motor skills. You can even pinch the cotton ball with a clothespin to practice holding a longer utensil and to keep hands less messy!
4. Pepper Stamp Shamrock
This is so adorable, and so toddler friendly! James got a kick out of the pepper too. All you do is cut a green pepper in half and use it as a stamp! Dip it in paint and let your toddler stamp away on the paper. You just have to add a stem to the shamrock when they are done. I love using food or other objects in the house for art projects. Plus this stamp is bulky and easy for toddler hands to hold.
My absolute favorite paint has to be Crayola washable paints for kids. The colors are perfect, it easily wipes right off with a baby wipe or wet paper towel, and is easy to pour! They have great fingerpaints too.
I need to start organizing my craft supplies better because I find myself bringing up more and more art stuff from my teaching supplies each week!
Crafting is so much fun and can be a great activity to enjoy with your toddler, especially on a cold day where outside play isn’t an option. As a bit of a perfectionist, it takes patience and control to stay out of the way and let James explore while crafting, but either way he has a great time!
I hope you enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day crafts and have a wonderful week!
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