Doing themed crafts with kids is a fun way to encourage their creative sides. And there are so many ways to explore the holiday and keep little hands busy. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon, and you might be looking for some kid-friendly fun. Try this short list of crafts and activities to keep little hands busy.
St. Patrick’s Day Crown
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day royally with custom, handmade crowns. And making these crowns is also a great way to practice fine motor skills. For example, kids will string different items onto pipe cleaners. Gather foam shamrocks, a hole punch, colorful straws, and scissors. Then cut the straws into beads. Let kids design their crowns and tiaras, and help smaller kiddos twist the pipe cleaners into a crown shape.
Put Your Stamp on It
You don’t have to buy expensive stamps at the store to create great shamrock designs. In fact, it’s easy to carve a stamp out of something you probably have in your kitchen. For example, potatoes or apples both make great natural stamps. However, you might want to help smaller kids with the carving part. Next, use acrylic or tempera paint and let the kids stamp away.
Rainbows Lead to Gold
Everyone knows there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. And the little ones can make their rainbows with things you may already have around the home. For example, you probably have colored paper and cotton balls. Start by cutting strips of paper in rainbow colors. Then cut out a cloud shape from some white paper. In addition, make it easier for kids by using a glue stick to stick the cotton balls to the cloud. Finally, let them arrange the long strips of colored paper from the bottom of the cloud.
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Making crystal shapes is easy, and you can end up with pretty decorations that sparkle. But because of the borax and boiling water, it’s important to help kids with this craft. Make sure kids can’t eat or breathe in the borax. Help kids twist pipe cleaners into shamrock shapes. Then boil three cups of water and add half a cup of borax for each jar. To get lots of crystals, make one jar mixture for each shape. In addition, you can add a few drops of food coloring, which might help color the crystals. Let the mixture sit overnight, and you’ll see crystals formed the next day.
These crafts work great for just a few kids or a group. Also, the supplies are easy to find and won’t break the bank. And there’s no reason you can’t get in on the fun and make the crafts, too. Have a great St. Patty’s Day with these simple, fun crafts!