Falling on the 17th of March each year, the day is a global celebration of Irish traditions, culture, and heritage. Also known as the Feast of St. Patrick and often shortened to St. Patty’s Day, celebrations typically include parades, traditional music and dancing, and Irish cuisine! There are many ways to include younger members of the family in the festive fun, including bonding over St. Patrick’s Day crafts. Here are some of our favorite craft ideas for preschoolers to mark St. Patty’s Day:
A quick and easy craft, this shamrock rubbing from Family Education requires few materials and is great for little hands. Cut shamrock shapes out of sandpaper and then all you need is paper and colored crayons. We also think it could be a great idea to turn the rubbings into keepsake St. Patrick’s Day greetings cards for loved ones when completed; after all, the shamrock is a famous Irish symbol.
This cute handprint leprechaun from Messy Little Monster is another easy craft that would make a fabulous gift or memento. Plus, many little kids can’t resist the chance to cover their hands in paint! You could expand and turn it into a larger project by having your child craft the hat too. Use felt or tissue paper to decorate a pre-cut hat template, or simply let your child color the hat in various shades of green.
Rainbow Glitter Vase Crafts
Perfect St. Patty’s Day crafts to fill a few spare hours (and if you don’t mind getting glitter everywhere!), this enchanting rainbow glitter vase from Honeybear Lane is well worth the effort. And, it would make a beautiful addition to any shelf or table all year round. Fill it up with foil-covered candies when finished to represent the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and watch your kid’s eyes light up!
Leprechaun Stick Puppet Crafts
Have fun with your preschooler as you create this cheeky leprechaun stick puppet, courtesy of iHeartCraftyThings. Although the instructions include an orange cupcake liner, we think it would work just as well with a paper plate. Simply get your child to color or paint the plate orange before starting to build the leprechaun face. Once your St. Patty’s crafts are complete, your child can enjoy putting on a St. Patrick’s puppet show too.
St. Patrick’s Day Wreath
Help your child to make this attractive St. Patrick’s Day wreath from Flamingo Toes for some cool festive home décor. Complete with mini shamrocks and colorful bunting, you could easily mix it up and add extra touches like an Irish flag, gold coins or rainbows. It’s so easy to customize and makes for a terrific ongoing craft project to dip in and out of.
For even more great preschool crafts for St. Patrick’s Day, check out the leprechaun hats from Meaningful Mama, marble painted shamrocks from Plain Vanilla Mom, pot of gold mobile from Country Living, St. Patrick’s Day terrarium from Design Improvised and the easy leprechaun trap from Modern Parents Messy Kids.