5 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids
Get your kiddos excited about leprechauns and rainbows with these 5 easy St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids. With easy being a key word, you can make these leprechaun and rainbow crafts with items you probably have around the house. After all, us parents and teachers are on budgets, and have to stick to the easy, low cost, ways to keep the learning fun.
Easy Rainbow Crafts
Paper Plate Rainbow and Pot of Gold
This end of the rainbow twirler craft was the first to catch my attention when searching for St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids on pinterest. The twirling rainbow with a pot of gold makes a beautiful display of St. Patty’s Day kids art. Can’t you just picture these hanging around the room or in the hallway outside of the classroom?
Before you get started with these rainbow twirlers, decide whether you will have the kiddos paint or color the rainbow colors onto the plate. After doing this craft with my daughter, we realized it will look much prettier when hanging if you paint a rainbow on both sides of the plate! Paints will be more vibrant in color, but also require more supervision. If you are looking for easy rainbow crafts for kids to make during St. Patrick’s Day centers, then I suggest having them use markers. After coloring the plate beautiful rainbow colors, either you or a parent volunteer will need to cut a spiral into the paper plate. If you want the kids to cut their own spiral, I suggest using a black sharpie, and drawing the spiral onto their plate for them. Then, as they cut, they can follow along the black line.
Now that the rainbow spiral is complete, you will need to make a pot of gold. When making the black pot, you can give your kiddos a cardstock template for them to trace, or have them already cut and ready for the kids.
Next, the gold coins get glued onto the pot. You can make gold coins from yellow construction paper, or use plastic gold coins like the ones we used in our pictures. Skyler was very particular when placing her gold coins onto the pot. 😉 She wanted to be sure some gold coins were sticking up over the top…as if the pot of gold was overflowing 🙂
The gold coins would be the perfect manipulative for St. Patrick’s Day math activities and sensory bins.
Dot Rainbow Craft
If you are in my FB group, Teachers on a Budget, then you know I love amazon! I get a lot of my crafting supplies on amazon, and it was a no brainer when planning for this dot rainbow craft.
Yes, you can use a large hole puncher to punch out dots of colored construction paper. But, I’ll be honest…I don’t have time to do that for an entire classroom of kiddos, and I’m pretty sure you don’t either. So, keep it simple and jump on amazon to order thousands of rainbow sticker dots for under $10!
St. Patrick’s Day Snacks
Rainbow St. Patrick’s Day Snack for Kids
Run to the store, or check your cupboards, for marshmallows and Fruit Loops. If you want a healthy St. Patrick’s Day snack for kids, you can swap the marshmallows for bananas.
To make this rainbow St. Patrick’s Day snack, start by cutting 1/4 of the pipe cleaner off. You can leave it full size, but it’s too big to stand up on it’s own once bent into a rainbow. Put one end of a pipe cleaner into the marshmallow, standing straight up.
Next, the kiddos will add pieces of the fruit loop cereal in a rainbow pattern. When done, carefully put a marshmallow onto the other end of the pipe cleaner. Last, you will bend it to form a rainbow!
Easy Shamrock Crafts for Kids
St. Patrick’s Day Bead Bracelets
My daughter and I made bead bracelets for our Valentines Day crafts video, and we had so much fun! So, naturally, making a St. Patrick’s Day bead bracelet was a no brainer. I’ve seen cute beaded shamrocks on pinterest, but want to incorporate some word work and vocabulary into this easy St. Patrick’s Day craft for kids. Grab your year-round vocabulary cards for all of your holiday activities, here!
Use these St. Patrick’s Day illustrated vocabulary cards, and encourage the kiddos to build the words using the letter beads. This would also be a great activity for a St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin.
Marshmallow Shamrock Painting
If you’re looking for easy St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids, this shamrock marshmallow painting is a winner! Simply print and cut a large shamrock outline. Next, hold or tape it down onto a piece of white paper. If you want something more durable than printer paper, cardstock would work great! Give your kiddos a mini-marshmallow and green paint, and let them have some fun!
Start by dipping the marshmallow tip in paint, then dab all around the edges of the cut-out shamrock. Once the shamrock is outlined in marshmallow dots, the kiddos can freely make prints all around the page.
When done, carefully pull the shamrock off the paper or cardstock. This is a must have on your list of St. Patrick’s Day crafts.
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