St. Patrick’s Day: Easy last minute arts & crafts


Here are a few last minute, easy crafts we did today.  One is a repeat of an idea I already posted (because we had two little friends who hadn’t made them yet), one is a variation of something we already did (just because I like to experiment), and one is brand new!


Hand-print Shamrocks:
(This time I just used printer paper with a pre-printed message and green finger paint.  Stampers were a 1 and a 2 year old visiting with us.  For more details on how to make these, see this post and this one.)

Thumbprint Shamrocks:

(We previously used pointer fingers and stamp pads, but this is a thumb print and Do-a-Dot marker ink.  The stem is colored pencil.  Also see this post.)


Do-A-Dot Marker Rainbows:
(I modeled one on my own using Do-A-Dot Markers while the kids watched.  Then, Luke did his entirely on his own.  I helped Lilah with the first red arc and she did the rest.  The 4th rainbow was done by a 2yo who was visiting with us — he held the stamper and I guided his hand.  We made sure to say the name of each color as the child stamped it because the younger two are still working on color recognition.)

I modeled the making of this rainbow first.
Then Luke (4yo) did his rainbow next, independently.
Lilah (2-1/2yo) went third.
I guided her with the first color (somewhat) and then she did the rest on her own.
The 2yo who was visiting us went last.
He held the markers and I helped to move his hand to do the dots.
We added the shamrock thumbprints afterwards.

Check out my other St. Patrick’s Day arts and crafts posts here:
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!



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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

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