10 St. Patrick's Day Crafts Your Preschooler Will Love
Regardless of your nationality, everyone is Irish on St. Paddy's Day! These St. Patrick's Day crafts for kids are simple, fun activities that are sure to put a smile on your child's face. Gather the kids and make a few of these creative craft projects to pass out to family and friends on St. Patrick's Day.
1. Lucky Leprechaun
Leprechauns are one of the most well-known characters associated with St. Patrick's Day. This fun and easy Leprechaun craft can be used as a special keepsake box all year round if they like, instead of just seasonally. All it takes is a few materials which you will find in the instructions below, a little good luck, and the result is a fun art project that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. Your little ones can use it for candy (like chocolate gold coins) or anything they like!
Read the instructions for Lucky Leprechaun.
2. Shamrock Rubbings
This is a super simple art project that is perfect for tiny hands. For St. Patrick's Day, your child can place a piece of construction paper over a sandpaper shamrock and make a crayon rubbing of the shape that makes everyone think of Ireland. It's one of the simplest toddler and preschool crafts!
Read the instructions for the Shamrock Rubbings.
3. Pot o' Gold
Let the kids search for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Assemble a chest full of candy coins and send your kids on a treasure hunt for St. Paddy's Day. Once the craft is made, they can play this game again and again. All you have to do is give them new clues to solve. The best part is that you can put your spin on it for other holidays or special occasions!
Read the instructions for the Pot o' Gold.
4. Potato Prints
The Irish are known for potatoes, and this easy craft is a simple way to teach little ones and make something fun. This fun St. Patrick's Day craft allows children to make their stamps out of potatoes. Use some green and gold paint, glitter, and more to make your stamp unique.
Read the instructions for the Potato Prints.
5. Handmade Four-Leaf Clovers
This St. Patrick's Day art activity is a fun craft for the whole family. Make some lucky shamrocks with your child in just ten easy steps. You trace their handprint onto construction paper and cut them out. They are arranged into a four-leaf clover shape that can be decorated any way they like. These are a great keepsake project that can also be given out as a gift!
Read the instructions for the Handmade Four-Leaf Clovers.
6. Shamrock Men
Your children can celebrate the Irish holiday by creating their little shamrock men. These cute cutouts are made by using the shamrocks as the body and cutting out extra strips for the limbs. The kiddos can use crayons or markers to make them unique before they are hung up for everyone to see.
Read the instructions for the Shamrock Men.
7. Shamrock Necklace
Children can play dress-up with these festive St. Patrick's Day DIY shamrock necklaces. This fun shamrock craft will give them something extra to wear to a St. Patrick's Day party! They are so simple and fun to make, and everyone can make theirs uniquely their own by decorating the individual shamrocks before putting them on the string or shoelaces.
Read the instructions for the Shamrock Necklace.
8. Mischievous Elf
This is a fun homemade St. Patrick's Day spin on the "elf on a shelf." Children can create this adorable leprechaun to set atop a bookcase or shelf. They are simple to make and don't require a large list of materials. Plus, your kids can take turns hiding their elves so others can find them. Maybe even use them in conjunction with Leprechaun Traps as an even more fun experience.
Read the instructions for the Mischievous Elf.
9. Grow a Leprechaun
This St. Patrick's Day holiday activity will inspire kids' creativity and pique their interest in science. It's so incredibly cute and a great craft that will get their little brains thinking. At the end of it, they will have a little plant to take care of that doubles as "leprechaun hair."
Read the instructions for Grow a Leprechaun.
10. St. Patrick's Day Carnations
Kids can watch white carnations turn green for a festive St. Patrick's Day flower. This is another fun science experiment. It is so simple and fun, too! Just add food coloring to the vase of water and watch the white flowers turn green overnight (and watch the amazement on the little ones' faces!)
Read the instructions for the St. Patrick's Day Carnations.
For even more inspiration you can check out some other sites for fun St. Patrick's Day decorations and crafts!
- Yarn Wrapped Shamrocks by Red Ted Art
- Stick Leprechaun Puppet by I Heart Crafty Things
- Shamrock Photo Craft by Simple Everyday Mom (includes a free template!)
- 3D Rainbow Craft by Easy, Peasy, and Fun
- Paper Plate Shamrock Suncatcher by Crafty Morning
- Leprechaun Hats by Meaningful Mama
- Some of the cutest free printables
If you are looking for some fun craft ideas then these are all great options! These St. Patrick's Day activities are great fun and help with developing fine motor skills, too. From preschoolers to big kids, these are a blast for everyone!
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Stefanie is an experienced parenting writer and has published works in other publications such as Motherly.