St. Patty’s Day Crafts for Toddlers

There isn’t anything I love more than crafting with my three year old! He is really starting to understand the concept of coloring and painting, so our art projects are really getting fun and he’s really putting his own little spin on things which is really cool to watch.

With that being said, it is fun to find “themed” craft projects.  With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I went searching for some fun, toddler-friendly arts and crafts ideas. Here are a few of my favorite St. Patty’s Day Crafts that we will be creating over the next several days:

Loopy Rainbow from One Artsy Mama

I highly suggest you plan this craft around snack time, because I am sure more Fruit Loops will be going into mouths than onto the paper, but that’s all part of the fun! This cereal rainbow is an awesome way to teach not only color recognition, but sorting and patterns. First, have your child sort the colors and make piles of red, orange, green, etc. cereal rings. Then when you are glueing them onto the construction paper, have them identify the pattern you are making from the top of the rainbow to the bottom. Take the above example, the pattern would be red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

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Paper Plate Leprechaun form All Kids Network

Now this particular craft may be a “tad” advanced for my toddler,but  it was just too cute not to share. I may use this craft as an opportunity to teach my son how to operate/use kid scissors. He is becoming more and more fascinated when I use scissors and it might be a good time to “show” him how to safely use them with A LOT of supervision.

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4 Leaf Clover Sensory Play from No Time for Flashcards

This activity will definitely speak to my son’s messy side or any three year old’s desire to get their hands dirty! I love that it really requires little hand holding from me, only my supervision. More and more, I am trying to loosen the reigns and let him lead and make decisions for himself. This craft is perfect for that. Kids also learn SO much through using their five sense and in this case they are using touch and sight to grow and learn about the world around them.

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Paint Chip Shamrocks from Childcare Land

Add this to the ever growing list of cool things you can do with paint chips! What I love about this craft is a) it helps your child work on their hand eye coordination by having to pick up each square and glue them in place, and b) it helps you demonstrate that colors have different “shades”. I know my son gets confused sometimes when I call something “blue” and it isn’t the “blue” he is used to seeing. I actually am thinking about taking this concept a step further and getting paint chips for all the basic colors and doing a larger “color shades” craft.

Looks like my son and I have several projects ahead of us, so we better get to work! Do you have any toddler-friendly St. Patty’s Day crafts you will be working on?  Please share!