20+ St. Patrick’s Day Kid Craft Ideas

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and there is something about this magical day that delights children.
Maybe it’s the gold coins and leprechauns?  Gold and glitter are two items that are sure to delight all children.  In case you are looking for a few craft ideas that you can make with your children, both school-aged and preschoolers, look no further.  I’ve gathered together a collection of more than 20 St. Patrick’s Day Kid Craft ideas that are sure to please your littlest Leprechauns!

Looking for some fun projects to make with your kiddos this St. Patrick's Day? Here are more than 20 ideas to inspire you and your kids-- More than 20 St. Patrick's Day Kids' Craft ideas for you to try today!

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Easy Kids’ Craft: A Goldfish Snack Tote

Who eats snacks in the car?  Who lets their kids eat in the car?  I mean honestly, my “Mommy-van” is covered in crumbs.  (And sand.  Lots and lots of sand, so much so that I am honestly shocked that there is any left in the sandbox at preschool.)   The snack that we eat on the playground and the car are usually Goldfish, and I know that my Monkey and Peanut aren’t the only Goldfish cracker lovers out there.  When the Monkey had to pick his snack foods for preschool, he usually said that he wanted to take Goldfish to share with this friends.  And his class mascot is a Dolphin, so using my Cricut Explore, the two of us created a very special Goldfish Snack Tote that has his “Dolphin School” mascot on it.  Since we found that it was a great mommy-son project, I thought I’d share this tutorial for making your very own Goldfish Snack Tote.

Does your kiddo love Goldfish Crackers? All of my boys love the crackers, and are probably one of the most beloved snack foods in our house. Since my preschooler loves to do projects with me, we used my Cricut Machine to create a very special Goldfish Snack Tote! {Project sponsored by Goldfish Crackers.}
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Glittery Ocean in a Bottle

This past week was Vacation Bible School at our church, and I was supposed to be the co-director.  I say “supposed to” because both my Monkey and my Peanut got horribly sick with some stomach bug, and I was at home with them for 3.5 of the 5 days of VBS.  However, I did get to plan the crafts for the little guys, which was so much fun!  Our theme was, “Catch the wave of God’s amazing love,” and one of the theme was, “God Calms.”  The suggested activity was a calming bottle, and I decided to take it to the next level, and made a Glittery Ocean in a Bottle.  I found so much amazing sensory bottle inspiration that I didn’t know where to stop, or start.  When that happens, I started experimenting, until I created something that I find mesmerizing and calming.  And so easy.  It is perfect for summer, as it makes me think of the beach, sunshine and summer vacations with family.  This week we’ve been on a road trip to the mountains, not the beach, but we’ve been enjoying our ocean in a bottle.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

This is definitely a project for any kiddo that is three or older, and all you need are a few supplies, most of which you have around the house.  The rest you can pick up at you local craft store.  We used Powerade bottles, which has a stronger plastic than the really inexpensive water bottles, but you can use whatever you have around the house.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

We found the inexpensive dyed seashells at the craft store, and we also put in a little sand from our sandbox (at least in our first bottle).  The Monkey and I were trying to create an authentic beach experience at least at first.  We didn’t add any sand in the second bottle because it didn’t mix as well with the water beads.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

After the wheels, we added ultra fine translucent glitter to the bottle.  We added about 2 tablespoons through a funnel.  It really helps to do this before you add the water to add in mixing.  In a separate container, we took about 12 ounces of very warm water, added about 2 drops of royal blue food coloring and one drop of green food coloring.  You can experiment, but I didn’t want it to be too dark.  Then with our funnel, we slowly added the warm tap water to the bottle.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

The Monkey then added a bottle of glitter glue to the water.  The glue that we added was from the children’s craft section of the craft store, and was called “Midnight”– it had the field of the ocean water with blue, turquoise, black and gold pieces of glitter.  Once the glitter glue was in the bottle, we used a chop stick to mix it thoroughly with the water.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

Then using a teaspoon, we added some dry water beads.  You can find these in the floral section of your local craft store.  Here are a hint– don’t let your enthusiastic preschooler add too many into your ocean in a bottle!  The dry water beads expand a lot, and if you add too many, they will absorb all of the water and the “Ocean in a bottle” will disappear.  All you need is 10-12 beads.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

The water beads when expanded will take on the color of the water, because they absorbed it, and will basically disappear in the bottle.  You’ll barely be able to see them, but they add to the “rolling” effects of the waves.  The very last step is to fill the bottle to the very top of the neck with cooking oil.  The oil and the water won’t mix so you’ll get wonderful waves.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

However, the translucent glitter and the oil will blend, and it will make the waves shimmer.  The water will also glimmer with all of the blue and translucent bits of glitter.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t really reflect how beautiful this bottle turned out being.

Get away to the ocean every day and help your little kids calm down with this relaxing glittery ocean in a bottle! All it requires is glittery, food coloring, oil, and water beads. It's a totally awesome sensory bottle!

The effect is really so close to the look of the oceans on the Gulf of Mexico, that I can hardly believe it.  We can all just shake and watch it, and relax.  Perfect for the summer, and Vacation Bible School.

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Chicken Handprint Art

I’ve got a BUSY three-year-old who keeps me on my toes.  He’s adorable, snuggly and sweet, but most of the time, he’s a blur.  And there is a big difference between a two-year-old and a three-year-old.  (That’s another post!)  He now tests limits in a more determined thoughtful way.  He wants to be independent and explore.  He needs to prove that he is a big brother who doesn’t always need to be with Mommy.  However, he’s also needs Mommy more than ever– he’s gained new fears and an awareness that the world is a big, giant, and sometimes dangerous place.  I was asked to share a book as a part of National Picture Book Month, and the book that the Monkey and I read, Lulu the Big Little Chick, was perfect for his current stage of life.

My Mom Made That: Chicken Handprint Art for Picture Book Month

Lulu the Big Little Chick by Paulette Bogan is about an independent little chick, like my sweet Little Monkey, who wants to prove that she can go do things all by herself and without the help of her momma.  She does a pretty good job, until she realizes that sometimes being all by herself is a big scary.  The Monkey adored the book, and asked me to “read again.”  Even the sweet Peanut enjoyed looking at the bright colorful pictures.  In honor of the book, the Monkey and I created some Chicken Handprint Art.
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Witches’ Hat Pudding Cups

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We are finally getting into the fall season, and the weather around here is finally beginning to turn.  The other morning I even noticed the smell of fall air when I walked outside to get into my Mommy Van.  Guess what?  That means that it is the perfect season for wonderful fall crafts and recipes!  This week we are beginning to decorate for halloween, and today I want to share a Halloween snack craft that is a perfect way spice up your Hershey’s Ready-to-Eat Pudding Cups and make it extra spooky for halloween!

My Mom Made That: Witches' Hat Pudding Cups #ReadySetSnack

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