The green of Saint Patrick’s day is an end-of-winter reminder that spring is just a month away. There are so many cute and colorful Saint Patrick’s Day crafts you can do with your kids. Between the shamrocks, rainbows, and leprechauns, these cheerful activities will brighten up your days. Below are some of my favorites. Try out a few and let me know which ones you and your kids love!
Pot of Gold Rainbow Picture: (Ages 2 and up)
All Kids Network uses bingo dabbers and colorful gold stickers to create this pot of gold craft. If you want to keep it simple, you can use paint, markers, or crayons. In addition to being cute, this Saint Patrick’s Day craft can help younger kids learn the colors of the rainbow while working on their fine motor skills.
Marshmallow shamrock stamping: (Ages 2 and up)
This Saint Patrick’s Day craft for kids couldn’t be more straightforward! It’s easy enough that even a toddler will enjoy it. Using a giant marshmallow and some green paint, stamp three overlapping circles on some paper to create shamrock leaves. Then, draw or paint in a stem, and voila, you have a page covered in green shamrocks! As Susannah over at Simple Moments Stick says, you may end up with a green blur when doing this craft with really young toddlers, but all that matters is that they have fun!
Pot of Gold Slime: (Ages 4 and up)
This is a super fun craft, especially for slime-obsessed kids. Instead of using typical white glue, Trisha at Momdot uses clear sparkly glue! It really gives the effect of a glittering pot of gold, and you can use any colors you want—green and gold look great together. You’ll need a lot more liquid starch when using clear glitter glue, so adjust your classic slime recipe accordingly.
Rainbow shaker wands: (Ages 4 and up)
With a cloud on one end, a pot of gold on the other end, and playful sounds down the middle, this rainbow shaker wand is a ton of fun to make and to shake! Every crafty mom I know has an overflowing supply of toilet paper and paper towel tubes. This craft is perfect for using a few up! Chrystal over at Happy Mothering has the full instructions for this Saint Patrick’s Day craft.
Fairy Garden: (Ages 6 and up)
Building a fairy goes a little beyond simple crafting, but it’s such a great idea I just had to include it! You can use rocks, twigs, popsicle sticks, plants, marbles, seashells, tree bark; the only limit to what you can use is your kids’ creativity! Allow them to create what they think is the perfect environment for fairies—and leprechauns—to live. Julia, over at Fatherly, has some great ideas for bringing a magical fairy world to life.
Rainbow wreath: (Ages 5 and up)
Why should Christmas be the only holiday with a festive wreathe? For a fantastic Saint Patrick’s day decoration, you could take a store-bought rainbow wreath like Jennifer did and add some garland, gold coins, and a pot of gold. However, if you’re feeling extra crafty, why not make your own rainbow wreath using multi-colored crepe paper, garlands, tulle, or ribbon?
Four-Leaf Clover Man: (Ages 5 and up)
This is another great craft idea from All Kids Network. A cute little four-leaf clover man with accordion arms that are bound to make your kids giggle. You can find a template for the four-leaf clovers on the website alongside directions. Feel free to get creative and allow your kids to decorate their little clover men with paint, sparkles, or stickers. A bunch of these guys hanging from the ceiling really gets you in the mood for Saint Patrick’s Day!
Popsicle Stick Leprechaun Hats: (Ages 4 and up)
Leprechauns are one of the classic symbols of Saint Patrick’s Day, and your kids will love making this cute craft. Using regular and jumbo size popsicle sticks, you can easily create green leprechaun hats for your kids to display. Amanda over at Crafts by Amanda has the full directions, along with a link to making a simple easel to display your Saint Patrick’s Day craft.
Handprint Rainbow (Ages 2 and up)
This simple, fun craft is perfect for toddlers who love to get their hands dirty. Lay out a line of paint in order of the colors of the rainbow. Then, take your kid’s hand and help them push it into the paint. When they lift their hand, you should see alternating bands of color. Help them push their hand onto a piece of paper, then repeat in an arch shape. Voila, you have a simple, adorable, handprint rainbow that you can display on the fridge. If you need directions that include pictures, head on over to 3 Dinosaurs.
10. Rainbow Playdough (Ages 3 and up)
This rainbow playdough is both fun to make and fun to use! Younger kids will enjoy stirring and mixing the playdough ingredients as you add them to the bowl. Everyone will enjoy the creative fun that comes after making your dough. Homemade playdough is inexpensive and simple to make, and it doesn’t have any nasty ingredients, so it’s definitely worth trying out if you’ve never done it before. Messy Little Monster has the directions to make rainbow-colored playdough if you need a recipe
Saint Patrick’s Day is full of magic for kids with stories of leprechauns, lucky four-leaf clovers, and treasure that’s found at the end of a rainbow. The crafts in this post will help you capture that magic and bring it to life as you spend time with your kids. Try out some of my favorite Saint Patrick’s Day crafts for kids and let me know which ones your kids loved!