Get out your green gear – St. Patrick’s Day is near! Sunday, March 17 is the official excuse for wearing all green, pasting shamrocks everywhere and for drinking spinach juice (right?). Whether you’re a teacher, parent or babysitter it’s good to have some ideas for St. Patrick’s crafts for kids to celebrate! Since dressing like a leprechaun is taking it a bit too far you can create all kinds of fun kids crafts, from pots-o’-gold to shamrocks and more.
And where is the best place to find great craft ideas? Pinterest of course! Below are some of my favourites!
Use leftover Valentine’s Day craft supplies to make cool stamps like this one. All you need is a rectangle for the stem and a heart stamp for the leaves. I’ve also made sponge stamp by cutting around cookie cutters. Use green paint or ink and make St. Patrick’s Day-themed stationary, t-shirts and more!
Tie-Dye is easy and fun to do with kids, though you may want to do it outside because it can be a little messy! Pick up some green dye and either use white t-shirts or socks that you already have or pick some of those up as well as some elastic bands. There are different techniques for tie dying, but to make it easy for kids all you need are squirt bottles with dye and rubber elastics. Tie the garment in knots with rubber bands and spray on the dye. Follow the dye directions as this will need to sit for a bit before you can wash or wear it.
I’m bad for picking up interesting jewelry second-hand, but it’s great for crafts like this! Bigger places like Value Village have bags of beads usually that are great for making jewelry. Just be sure to give them a quick wash first. Use plastic, elastic or string and slide some green (and gold?) beads on for cool St. Patrick’s Day bracelets, necklaces and anklets!
Gardening season is a great time to find small plant pots like the one on the left. You can also pick them up second-hand or use old ones of your own. Terra cotta pots are best because they’re easy to paint, though plastic ones work too – you can add stickers and stamps to them. Let your child’s imagination flow, and once it’s done it can become a change or candy jar!
Dress up unused picture frames (or you can buy them from Michaels or a second-hand store) with green paint and make 3D St. Patrick’s Day art with things like buttons, pieces of felt or other fabric, pipe cleaners, old jewelry, etc. All you need is some paint, paintbrushes and a hot glue gun!
You don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun making St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids. Really you can take just about any craft and make it green. I hope these ideas spark your imagination for other fun things to try. Share your great ideas with our ChatterBlock community!