I recently bought a big tube of green finger-paint. It's a good thing I did because St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. A shamrock, or trifoliate plant, is the national emblem of Ireland. Shamrocks are easy and fun to create. These five shamrock crafts for kids are perfect for St. Patrick's Day.
For this craft, you will need green paint, scissors, sponges, paper and paper plates. Even toddlers can create some shamrocks with sponge painting. First, you can cut some sponges into the shape of a shamrock. Then, place washable green paint onto paper plates. For some contrast, use different shades of green. Before placing their sponge shamrock onto the paper, teach kids to blot excess paint onto an empty paper plate or napkin.
Little thumbs, paper and a green stamp pad are all you need for this delightful craft. Since shamrocks have compound leaves, you need two thumbprints for each leaf. For each leaf, take the child's inked thumb and turn it slightly to the left. Then, turn the thumb to the right and make another thumb print. Repeat this process for all three leaves. After making the thumbprints, use a marker or some green glitter glue to make the stems. Afterwards, you can back the shamrocks with black construction paper.
This craft requires green sequins, glue, glitter glue and light blue paper. For each shamrock, you need to glue three sequins down (in a shamrock shape) so that the edges touch. Then, draw a stem for each shamrock. Repeat this process until you have sea of sequin shamrocks. If you don't have sequins, you could also use buttons. Your child could draw a rainbow and a pot of gold or a leprechaun to complete the picture.
I love crafts that only require paper, glue and scissors. For this project, have your child cut out three hearts. In order for the hearts to be congruent, layer three pieces of paper together and then cut out the hearts. Next, place the points of the hearts together to form a shamrock. Finally, cut out a stem and glue everything onto a piece of paper.
In my experience, kids love shaking glitter over glue, pouring off the excess and then seeing a glittery masterpiece. The same goes for these glitter shamrocks. First, "draw" the shamrocks with some white school glue. Then, kids can shake glitter onto the drawing. Then, take it outside to shake off the excess. You can use green or gold glitter. Another idea to make five shamrocks and use glitter in a rainbow of colors.
These art projects were a success with my five-year-old daughter. I hope your kids will enjoy making these shamrocks crafts too!