12 St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids

March 11, 2021
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St. Patrick's Day (and springtime!) is right around the corner! Parents, sitters or nannies can help kids get into the Irish spirit with these fun and easy crafts. Here are 12 rainbow, pot 'o gold, shamrock and lucky leprechaun-inspired St. Paddy’s crafts for kids of all ages. 

1. Froot Loop name rainbows

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With just a few simple supplies, these Froot Loop name rainbows from Chantelle Frank are a craft and a kids' learning activity all in one. Little ones can practice identifying colors, counting pieces for each row and spelling their name (and, you know, grab a snack in between). Parents will love hanging these beauties on the fridge. 

2. Rolled paper 4-leaf clover

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This rolled paper 4-leaf clover craft from Eureka Public Library looks more complicated than it is. You’ll simply need three different shades of green paper cut into strips and a stapler. 

3. Leprechaun trap

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Everyone loves building a good leprechaun trap! Really, the most fun part of this craft is letting the kids come up with their own ways to catch the little green guys. But here’s a cool leprechaun trap example from South Bay Kids Connection

4. Froot Loops rainbow

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This Froot Loops rainbow craft from AKA Moms is great for toddlers and preschoolers learning their colors and building fine motor skills. An adult can outline the rainbow in colored dots, and then let kids glue on the cereal pieces in corresponding colors. 

5. Tissue paper shamrocks

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Here's a St. Paddy's Day craft that's easy enough for toddlers and Pre-K children but still fun for older kids too. All you need to create these festive tissue paper shamrocks from Simply Colleen is some shamrock shapes cut from paper or cardstock, strips of green tissue paper, and glue. 

6. Pompom rainbow

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Make your own pompom rainbow in the clouds or use a free printable rainbow template from Making Life Blissful. Just glue colorful pompoms and white cotton balls to make the cutest (and fluffiest) St. Patrick’s Day rainbow. 

7. Counting clover leaves

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This counting clover leaves craft from Little Ones Learn is an easy dot-stamping activity for the youngest leprechauns! Adults can write out numbers and draw stems, letting the kids use dot stampers to practice counting while making the clover leaves.

8. Fruit Loop craft-snack

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Are these Fruit Loop rainbow creations from DIY Bucket List a sweet craft or a sweet snack? Yes! They're fun for kids to make — and eat! — and only require cereal, ribbon and some cotton candy for the clouds. 

9. Pot o' gold

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To make this pot of gold craft from book.obsessed.mama, start by having kids do some rainbow watercolor paintings for the background. Then, have them glue on some gold coins and their very own pot ‘o gold. Just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

10. "I'm lucky to be me" shamrock

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Here's a St. Patrick's Day “craftivity” from Lessons for Little Ones that gets kids writing and really thinking about what makes them feel lucky in life. No two shamrocks will be the same!

11. Shamrock chalk art

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Stacey of Capturing Parenthood used black sandpaper to create a textured look on this sidewalk chalk shamrock. Just trace a shamrock or four-leaf clover and use fingers to create a smudged “glowing” look.

12. St. Patrick's Day slime

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Gather the kids and make a batch of this St. Patrick's Day slime from Design Dazzle. It's easier than it looks. And it's full of glitter and gold and a hit for kids of most ages. 

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