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St. Patrick’s Day Craft Ideas for the Whole Family

Crafty concepts for creative kids

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St. Patrick’s Day fun isn’t just for the adults. From leprechauns to rainbows, shamrocks to pots of gold, there are plenty of opportunities to engage children in St. Patrick’s Day themed activities.

Putting away technology and working on crafts with children is a simple and fun way to get them involved with age-appropriate holiday activities. Approaching the crafting session with the intention to engage the child in participating in the process of creating rather than focusing on the end result of the craft will ensure that everyone not only has a fun and relaxing experience, but it also empowers the children to feel confident with their creative choices and allows parents to subtly track their child’s development.

There are certain milestones that children should be meeting each month (from one month of age through to six years and up). Most parents will not have any concerns about their child’s development, but for those who are concerned, access to support and resources is readily available.

York Region Early Intervention Services (EIS) offers programs to support families who have children with confirmed or suspected special needs. If you have concerns about your child’s development, please visit our Early Intervention and Special Needs resource page or contact the KIDS Line at 1-888-703-KIDS (5437). Calling KIDS Line will direct you to an intake worker who will:

  • Explain EIS programs and services
  • Ask questions about the child’s development
  • Suggest resources for the child to access
  • Refer the child to other services in the community for additional support

For more insight into monthly developmental milestones, you can register for eNDDS, a developmental checklist that follows children from one month of age to six years old, providing a snapshot in time of a child’s development and a starting point for discussions with health and childcare professionals.


Enjoy these age-appropriate and delightful St. Patrick’s Day crafts!

We want to see your little Picassos in action – share your artistic journey and finished products with us by uploading your masterpieces to social media and use the hashtag #loveyr. Get messy, get creative and have fun!

Shamrock (12-18 months)

Materials needed – Construction paper/ cardstock, nontoxic bingo dabbers or thick washable markers

  1. parents to print out template of shamrock on cardstock or construction paper
  2. provide child with nontoxic bingo dabbers or thick washable markers
  3. child to use the dabbers or markers to decorate the rainbow
  4. label the colours as the child creates

Benefits to further the child’s development

  • Grasping objects / pincer grasp (fine motor)
  • Eye hand coordination (fine motor)
  • Early colour recognition (cognition)
  • Labelling objects / colours (communication)

Handprint Rainbow (18-24 months)

Materials needed – Nontoxic pants in a variety of colours such as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple ( mixed with soap for easy removal ), finger-paint paper or construction paper, paintbrush / paper plate, black construction paper, glue or glue stick, gold glitter

  1. Pour some red paint onto the paper plate
  2. Use a paint brush to paint a thin layer over your child’s hand…if the child is interested, you can also assist your child in placing their hand directly into the paint on the plate
  3. Assist your child verbally and or physically as needed, to place their red handprint onto the paper starting on the left side, following through to the right to form an arch-shape
  4. Wash the paint off your child’s hand
  5. Repeat the first four steps with the orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple paint; the palm prints will form a rainbow
  6. Cut out a pot out of the black construction paper, and have the child glue it onto the paper
  7. For an added effect, assist your child in place some glue above the pot, and have them shake gold glitter on top

Benefits to further the child’s development

  • Experience of paint on hands (sensory)
  • Eye hand coordination (fine motor)
  • Increase attention to activity (attention)
  • Colour recognition (cognition)
  • Labelling objects / colours (communication)
  • Increase interaction with adult (socialization)

Shamrock Wreath (Two to Three Years)

Materials – Paper plate, green paint, paintbrush or sponge, green paper cut into hearts

  1. Adult to cut the center circle from the paper plate prior to craft time
  2. Place the green paint into a dish (add some detergent for easy clean up)
  3. Encourage the child to paint the paper plate ring green using a paint brush or sponge
  4. Adult to cut hearts from the green construction paper
  5. Set the painted green ring to the side to dry briefly
  6. Asist the child to glue three hearts together to form a shamrock
  7. Have the child glue the shamrocks on the green ring
  8. Display the shamrock paper plate wreath

Benefits to further the child’s development

  • Opportunity to experience paint and glue (sensory)
  • Eye hand coordination
  • Use of hands with painting and gluing (fine motor)
  • Increase attention to activity (attention)
  • Colour recognition (cognition)
  • Labelling objects / colours (communication)

Rainbow Paper Plate Craft (Three to Four Years)

Materials needed – white paper plate, scissors, cotton balls, glue, tape, party streams in a variety of colours (precut)

  1. Assist your child as needed in folding the paper plate in half
  2. Allow the child an opportunity to cut the plate in half; provide prompting and physical support as needed
  3. Demonstrate to the child how put tape on the back of the plate to attach long strips of colorful party streamers; assist as needed
  4. Encourage communication throughout the activity; discuss the colours that the child would see in the rainbow
  5. Turn over the plate with the streamers on it,  and allow the child an opportunity to spread glue on the front of the plate; stick the cotton balls on top
  6. Assist with support as needed
  7. If you would like to hang it, ensure that you punch a hole at the top of the plate and attach a piece of yarn / string / pipe cleaner to the top

Benefits to further the child’s development

  • Opportunity to experience gluing (sensory)
  • Eye hand coordination
  • Use of both hands with gluing (fine motor)
  • Increase attention to activity (attention)
  • Colour recognition (cognition)
  • Labelling objects / colours / following directions (communication)

Pot of Gold (Four to Five Years)

Materials needed – Glue or glue stick, white construction paper,  black construction paper, gold craft paper cut into circles, white chalk / sharpie marker, squares of tissue paper in a variety of “rainbow” colours…red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple

  1. Parents to precut a black pot, as well as gold coins
  2. Place glue in a shallow dish, or provide a glue stick
  3. Encourage the child to glue on the pot as well as the gold coins
  4. Discuss the colours of the rainbow
  5. Encourage the child to glue the various tissue paper squares on, to represent a rainbow
  6. Provide verbal and/or physical support as needed
  7. Using white chalk (or a white / silver sharpie), encourage the child to print their name on the pot of gold

Benefits to further the child’s development

  • Opportunity to experience gluing (sensory)
  • Eye hand coordination
  • Use of both hands with gluing (fine motor)
  • Increase attention to activity and detail (attention)
  • Colour recognition (cognition)

Paper Rainbow (Six Years and Over)

Materials needed – thin cardstock cut into oval, long thin construction paper in rainbow colours (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple), precut small white circles , glue, string, hole punch

  1. Encourage the child will draw a large cloud on the white cardstock. Assist as needed.
  2. The child will cut out the cloud using scissors
  3. The child can pick up the rainbow construction paper and cut one thin strip from each colour (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
  4. The child will use the glue to stick the circles onto the oval; encourage the child to overlap the circles to create a “cloud” effect
  5. Once the child has created the cloud, instruct the child to turn the cloud over
  6. Punch a hole in the top of the cloud and thread through a string to hang the finished cloud

Benefits to further the child’s development

  • Eye hand coordination
  • Cutting to promote bilateral hand skills
  • Increase hand strength (fine motor)
  • Increase attention to activity (attention)
  • Sequencing (cognition)
  • Following multi step directions (communication)


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