Here are some fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids that will delight, spark creativity and strengthen fine-motor skills too.
With March 17th just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to round up a few of our favourite St. Patrick’s Day crafts for you.
These St. Paddy’s Day crafts and art ideas are all suitable for toddlers and preschoolers but elementary students will enjoy some of them as well. All of these crafts and activities use common household materials, so they’re perfect for home, daycare, preschool or the classroom.
As you would expect, there are several rainbow crafts here – rainbows and St. Patrick’s Day always go hand in hand together – pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and all that good stuff.
And speaking of “pot of gold”, one of our crafts is a “lucky green wreath” adorned with some gold coins. Chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day crafting if you have a pot of gold craft to make.
8+ Fun and Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids
Rainbow Ink Blot Shamrock Craft
Our first St. Patrick’s Day craft is this Ink Blot Shamrock Craft.
This project is fun for toddlers and preschoolers because the process is easy for little hands to do. Young children find ink blot painting fascinating and they’re always so excited to see their results. Older kids will love this art activity too.
Rather than making our shamrocks green, we’ve made rainbow-coloured shamrocks. Afterall, rainbows are fitting for St. Patrick’s Day, and with the holiday falling smack dab in the middle of March, the weather can still be quite dreary, so our rainbow shamrocks can really brighten your space.
You can even turn this craft into a lesson about why we associate shamrocks with St. Patrick’s Day.
Beaded Rainbow Sun Catchers
These rainbow sun catchers are easy to make and look so pretty hanging in a window with the sun streaming through them. This is a terrific craft for kids of all ages, and will help to strengthen fine-motor skills and teach colour matching.
Yarn Rainbow Wall Hanging
Kids who are old enough to measure, cut and tie can make this bo-ho inspired rainbow wall-hanging for a bedroom, playroom or classroom.
St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Mandala Craft
The next St. Patrick’s Day craft is a paper plate rainbow mandala that’s perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary students.
This craft provides a great opportunity for kids to learn rainbow colour order AND a really cool way to draw a rainbow.
Suspend some fluffy white clouds from your mandalas, and these rainbows will be perfect to hang from the ceiling of the classroom, or in a window on St. Paddy’s Day.
Rainbow Scavenger Hunt for Toddlers
If you’re exploring rainbows with your toddlers and preschoolers, here’s a terrific activity for them. This rainbow scavenger hunt is simple to do in a toy room or classroom, using the items that you have right there in the room.
This activity gets kids up and moving, helps develop critical thinking, and it’s a wonderful way to work on colour recognition and colour order with little kids.
Tissue Paper Rainbow Craft
This tissue paper rainbow is a great St. Patrick’s Day craft for kindergarten or for toddlers or preschoolers. It’s similar to the rainbow mandala.
Young children love crafting with tissue paper. It looks, feels and sounds so lovely. Kids can crumple their tissue paper before gluing it to their rainbow, or they can lay their pieces flat like you see in the photo above.
Handling tissue paper helps develop fine-motor skills because a delicate touch is required to pick up and separate the pieces from one another.
This activity also teaches about colour order and following a colour map.
Rainbow Water with Coloured Ice Cubes:
Here’s a fun rainbow treat to serve the kids for St. Patrick’s Day. Rainbow Water is super-easy to make and it’s sugar-free.
You just have to remember to prepare this the night before.
Rainbow Collage Art for Preschoolers
My daycare toddlers and preschoolers loved making rainbow collage with colourful odds and ends from our craft cupboards.
It was a great colour-matching activity and the results were really pretty. This activity was also great for helping to develop fine-motor skills as the pieces they were working with were quite tiny.
To finish off the project, the kids painted a blue sky all around their rainbows.
Bead and Pipe Cleaner Rainbow Craft
Although they look simple, these beaded rainbows offer lots of learning and skill-development. Fine-motor skills will be tested, children will learn about colour order, colour matching and colour families, and they can even try their hand at using a low-heat glue gun.
St. Patrick’s Day Painted Rainbow Bunting
These painted rainbows make a great St. Patrick’s Day craft for elementary students.
They’ll love the way you paint these rainbows. It’s the coolest! Circle, circle, circle, SNIP! You can decorate with these rainbows in all kinds of ways.
We turned ours into a St. Patrick’s Day bunting for our playroom.
Happiness Rainbow Craft
This fun and colourful happiness rainbow covers two holidays in one: St. Patrick’s Day and International Happiness Day, which follows on March 20th. Its intent is to get kids thinking happy thoughts and focusing on the positive. It’s a cheerful pick-me-up for a child’s bedroom, playroom or classroom.
Rainbow Stacking Stones
These DIY stacking stones are easy to make, and they promote so many different skills. Kids will learn how to put things in colour order and in size order. They’ll also develop their critical thinking and fine motor skills, coordination and concentration.
Lucky Green Wreath and Tissue Paper Rainbow Craft
Our last two ideas are featured together here in one post.
Kids of all ages will love making our lucky green wreath for St. Patrick’s Day. Once again, tissue paper is the star of the show for this easy craft. The gold coin and gold ribbons make it shimmer just like a pot of gold.
These tissue paper rainbows are similar to the other rainbows in our round-up but we’ve added some fluffy clouds at each end. You could get creative and add a pot of gold to one end of this rainbow too!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope your kids have as much fun with these crafts and activities as we did!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
We celebrated St. Patrick’s day with Rainbow water and it was a great hit. Such a simple idea, but it made things quite fancy and they loved it. Thank you.
Yay! I’m so glad the kids got a kick out of the rainbow water!
I thoroughly enjoyed all your rainbow activities. So bright and uplifting after a long winter. Thank you for so many BLESSINGS!!
Thank you, Kathy! What a lovely thing to say!