St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner. As I rush around for all things green (hey I don’t like to get pinched haha), I also have been gathering up fun and educational craft activities for my kids. These two St. Patrick’s Day activities below are perfect for your little one who is learning both colors and numbers as well as matching and hand-eye coordination.
Think Green, Think Clovers
I have 3 kids: 18 months, 5 years and 6 years. I wanted find activities that would best suit each child depending on their learning capabilities. The first activity I thought of involved clover leaves. You can’t talk about St. Patrick’s Day without mentioning four leaf clovers. In this activity, you or your child (if capable) will cut out small heart from green construction paper. 10-12 hearts will be plenty. You will next either sketch out the clovers, or print out my Clover Leaf Activity!
Your child will practice placing each heart aka clover leaf onto the outlined leaf on the paper. This simple task was perfect for my youngest child. Now to take it up a notch for my older children. I added in an adding and subtraction component to the clover leaf activity by having my older two kids subtract or add leaves depending on what number I gave them. We used the clover leaves and outline sheet as a visual aid.
- green construction paper
- white paper with outlined clovers-1 with 4 leaves, 1 with 3 leaves, 1 with 2 leaves, and 1 with 1 leaf-Clover Leaf Activity
Over the Rainbow.
Not only can you not have clovers on St. Patrick’s Day, but you must have some sort of rainbow activity. The pot of gold is hopefully there, right?! This next activity is similar to the clover activity in that it can be modified depending on age. For this activity, all you need to do is cut out a cloud shape from white construction paper, or print out my Rainbow Cloud Activity Printout!
Once you have your cloud cutout, you will make your rainbow strips. To do this, you will cut a strip from red construction paper, a strip from orange construction paper, a strip from yellow construction paper, a strip from green construction paper, and a strip from purple construction. Now take the stripes and glue them to the bottom of the cloud.
With a marker, pencil, or crayon, write either numbers 1-5 on each strip. Have your older children count the strips. If your child is capable, you can have them write the numbers on each strip of the rainbow. Another learning activity for the rainbow is practicing naming colors. I wrote the color name on each strip and had my older 2 children read them to me. I read the colors allowed to my 18 month old 🙂
- White construction paper for cloud cutout out (or PRINT Rainbow Cloud Activity Printout)
- Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Purple construction paper
- writing utensil: pencil, pen, sharpie, marker, crayon-your choice
I hope you find these activities as much fun as we did and don’t forget to wear your green!