45 Fantastically Fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids

Celebrate The Luck Of The Irish With This Fantastic Shamrock Craft

45 Fantastically Fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids

We’re always on the lookout for fun Irish Crafts For Kids. This Shamrock Craft is suitable for older kids and is a festive way to decorate your home for Saint Patrick’s Day.

This winter has been particularly long for all of us. Long Island always gets its fair share of snow, but this year, it’s been a mess. Too many of our snow days have been full of wet, slushy snow instead of fluffy white, sleigh riding snow. This means that our kids are feeling really cooped up and cranky.

I don’t blame them. We’re not really winter people here, so we get a bit flustered when we can’t get outside and run around. We try our best, but there are only so many igloos one can build and so many snowball fights one can have and so many sleigh rides one can go one before dreams of green grass start to become an obsession.

When this happens, we take a deep breath and find something fun to do inside. My kids are really into making their own canvas art right now, so I always make sure I have plenty of blank canvases waiting for them in our craft bags. I really enjoy when we craft together as a family because it lets me see their little minds at work.

I know it sounds a bit dorky, but crafting together works. It takes their minds off of the fact that it’s way too cold to go outside and it puts their creativity to good use. Plus, it keeps them from over-indulging on their Kindle Fires or the X-Box. My kids are really into Disney Infinity and Minecraft, and could easily get lost in those worlds if I let them.

As it turns out, I had been at Michael’s earlier on in the week and picked up some new art supplies just in case another snow storm came along. It kind of goes without saying that I was pretty psyched that I had everything we needed for this cute Saint Patrick’s Day Craft today.

As a rule of thumb, I never micromanage their craft sessions. I just set out some supplies, suggest a theme, and let them do what they want. Even though I sit at the table with them, I am usually just a casual bystander – offering a helping hand when asked or chatting away about whatever’s on their mind.

The cool thing about crafting with my kids is that they get a chance to show me what they think is cool. For this shamrock craft, my son wanted to use some nail heads that I had picked up for a completely different project. Even though I was planning to use them for something else, I wanted to see what he’d do with them. The end result was pretty cool, don’t you think?

My daughter, on the other hand, is all about glitz, glamour and sparkly things. For her, the more color, the better – and if you can add rhinestones to it, life is just perfect. I love that she made something completely different from her big brother and let her wild, bubbly personality shine through. Do you craft with your kids? What do they to do?

Shamrock Craft Materials:

  • Canvases (I buy mine on sale at Michael’s!)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Nailhead trim
  • Self-adhesive rhinestone gems
  • Piece of paper for the shamrock template
  • Hammer
  • Pencil

Shamrock Craft Directions:

Step 1: Using a pencil and a piece of paper, draw a shamrock. Cut it out. Tip: Make sure that the shamrock fits completely inside of the wooden canvas frame or it will make it very difficult for little hands to hammer them in.

Step 2: Encourage your kids to paint the canvas however they want to. This will be the background for the shamrock craft.

Step 3: Once the paint is fully dry, have your child trace the shamrock onto the canvas using a pencil.

Step 4: Then, using whatever embellishments desired, have your child place them along the traced line of the shamrock.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day,

Denine

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Source: https://www.weknowstuff.us.com/2015/03/craft-shamrock-canvas.html

Green Glitter Slime For St Patrick’s Day

45 Fantastically Fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids

I’ve read that everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so we show show our lucky side with awesome homemade slime. Our last name is Irish, so of course we had to make a St Patrick’s Day green glitter slime this year. Our homemade slime is a fun activity for science and sensory play all in one!

HOW TO MAKE SLIME

Kids love to play with homemade slime in their favorite slime colors!  Slime making is even more fun when you add in a St Patrick’s Day theme with confetti and glitter. We have quite a few quick and easy St Patrick’s Day activities to share, and we are always adding more!

Slime making is a serious matter with kids, and I know everyone is looking for the best slime recipes around.  Our Green Glitter Slime for St Patrick’s Day is yet another AMAZING slime recipe we can show you how to make.

Oh and slime is science too, so don’t miss the great information on the science behind this easy slime below.  Watch our awesome slime videos and see how easy it is to make the best slime!

BASIC SLIME RECIPES 

All of our holiday, seasonal, and everyday slimes use one of five basic slime recipes that are super easy to make! We make slime all the time, and these have become our go-to favorite slime recipes!

I will always let you know which basic slime recipe we used in our photographs, but I will also tell you which of the other basic recipes will work too!  Usually you can interchange several of the ingredients depending on what you have on hand for slime supplies.

Here we use our Liquid Starch Slime  recipe.  Slime with liquid starch is one of our favorite sensory play recipes!  We make it ALL the time because it is so quick and easy to whip up.   Three simple ingredients {one is water} are all you need.  Add color, glitter, sequins, and then you are done!

Click below to get your quick and easy STEM challenges. 

A variety of new activities, which are engaging and not too long!

Where do I buy liquid starch?

We pick up our liquid starch in the grocery store! Check the laundry detergent aisle and look for the bottles marked starch. Ours is Linit Starch (brand). You might also see Sta-Flo as a popular option. You can also find it on Amazon, Walmart, Target, and even craft stores.

But what if I don’t have liquid starch available to me?

This is a pretty common question from those who live outside of the United States, and we do have some alternatives to share with you.  Click on the link to see if any of these will work! Our saline solution slime recipe also works well for Australian, Canadian and UK readers.

Now if you don’t want to use liquid starch, you can absolutely test out one of our other basic recipes using saline solution or borax powder. We have tested all these recipes with equal success!

NOTE: We have found that Elmer’s specialty glues tend to be a bit stickier than Elmer’s regular clear or white glue, and so for this type of glue we always prefer our 2 ingredients basic glitter slime recipe.

THE SCIENCE OF GREEN GLITTER SLIME

We always to include a bit of homemade slime science around here!  Slime is an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too!   Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross-linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!

What’s slime science all about?  The borate ions in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross-linking!

The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until…

You add the borate ions to the mixture,  and it then starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less the liquid you started with and thicker and rubbery slime! Slime is a polymer.

Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms, the tangled molecule strands are much the clump of spaghetti!

Is slime a liquid or solid?

We call it a Non-Newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!  Experiment with making the slime more or less viscous with varying amounts of foam beads. Can you change the density?

Did you know that slime aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? 

It does and you can use slime making to explore states of matter and its interactions. Find out more below…

  • NGSS Kindergarten
  • NGSS First Grade
  • NGSS Second Grade

GREEN GLITTER SLIME RECIPE

I always encourage my readers to read through our recommended slime supplies list and How To Fix Slime Guide before making slime for the first time. Learning how to stock your pantry with the best slime ingredients is easy!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1/2 Cup of Clear  Or White PVA School Glue
  • 1/4 Cup of Liquid Starch
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • Food coloring, confetti, glitter, and other fun mix-ins

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STEP 1:  In a bowl mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of glue (mix well to combine completely).

STEP 2: Now’s the time to add (color, glitter, or confetti)! Remember when you add color to white glue, the color will be lighter. Use clear glue for jewel toned colors!

You can never add too much glitter! Mix the glitter and confetti and color into the glue and water mixture.

STEP 3: Pour in 1/4 cup of liquid starch. You will see the slime immediately start to form. Keep stirring until you have a gooey blob of slime. The liquid should be gone!

STEP 4:  Start kneading your slime! It will appear stringy at first but just work it around with your hands and you will notice the consistency changes. You can also put it in a clean container and set it aside for 3 minutes, and you will also notice the change in consistency! 

SLIME MAKING TIP:   We always recommend kneading your slime well after mixing. Kneading the slime really helps to improve its consistency. The trick with liquid starch slime is to put a few drops of the liquid starch onto your hands before picking up the slime.

You can knead the slime in the bowl before you pick it up as well. This slime is stretchy but can be stickier. However, keep in mind that although adding more liquid starch reduces the stickiness, and it will eventually create a stiffer slime.

You will love how easy and stretchy this St Patricks Day slime is to make, and play with too!  Once you have your desired slime consistency, time to have fun!  How big of a stretch can you get without the slime breaking?

STORING YOUR ST PATRICK’S DAY SLIME!

Slime lasts quite a while! I get a lot of questions regarding how I store my slime. We use reusable containers in either plastic or glass. Make sure to keep your slime clean and it will last for several weeks. I love the deli-style containers I have listed in my recommended slime supplies list.

If you want to send kids home with a bit of slime from a camp, party, or classroom project, I would suggest packages of reusable containers from the dollar store or grocery store or even Amazon. For large groups, we have used condiment containers and labels as seen here.

We have the best resources to look through before, during, and after making your leprechaun slime! Make sure to go back and read the slime science above too!

CHECK OUT MORE FUN SLIME IDEAS FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY!

Pot of Gold Slime Recipe

St Patrick’s Day Green Slime Recipe

How To Make Rainbow Slime

Gold Slime Recipe

MORE SLIME MAKING RESOURCES!

You will find everything you ever wanted to know about making homemade slime right here, and if you have questions, just ask me!

HOW TO FIX STICKY SLIME

HOW TO GET SLIME CLOTHES

21+ EASY HOMEMADE SLIME RECIPES

SCIENCE OF SLIME KIDS CAN UNDERSTAND!

WATCH OUR AMAZING SLIME VIDEOS

READER QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

YOUR SLIME SUPPLIES LIST

FREE PRINTABLE SLIME LABELS!

THE AMAZING BENEFITS THAT COME SLIME MAKING WITH KIDS!

EASY TO MAKE GREEN GLITTER SLIME RECIPE!

If you are looking for more easy St Patrick’s Day activities, click below!

BUILD LEPRECHAUN TRAPS

ST PATRICK DAY STEM IDEAS

Click below to get your quick and easy STEM challenges. 

A variety of new activities, which are engaging and not too long!

Source: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/st-patricks-day-slime-recipe-holiday-sensory-play/