St. Patty’s Arts & Crafts with Your Toddler
If there is one thing we know about our toddlers and leprechauns, it’s that they are both a wee bit playful, so what better day to celebrate this impish little attribute than St. Patrick’s Day? Let’s give our little ones free range to be sneaky and messy, shall we?
Gather up some old news papers, a balloon, some flour and water, a lot of Elmer’s Glue, and a few rolls of crepe paper to make a St. Patrick’s Day piñata. Together, make a pasty mixture out of flour and water, and dip the strips of news paper in it; then with gooey, little hands, drape the coated strips over an inflated balloon until the entire thing is covered. After it’s dry, let your creative little toddler glue crinkled squares of colorful crepe paper to the hardened structure. Now, when he’s not looking, cut a small hole in the top of the piñata, and fill it with candy; so when he goes in for hit and breaks it, he will be showered with treats and feel like the luckiest kid in the world!
ST. PATTY’S PICASSO
Oh, the endless fun of a roll of butcher paper and a few kitchen supplies can offer! Take a muffin tin and squeeze a few drops of food coloring into each individual muffin cup, and then pour a generous amount of Karo Syrup in it. Cover your table in butcher paper. Then have your toddler dip her messy-loving fingers into the homemade paint and create a St. Patrick’s Day inspired painting, where handprints are shamrocks, finger trails are rainbows, and foot prints are leprechauns. This little piece of art can be used as an impressive St. Patty’s Day decoration, and then cut down to scrapbook-size when the festivities are over.
MAGIC SHAMROCK SLIME
Slimy and gooey, this glob of slime is something your mischievous little leprechaun will surely love to stick his hands in. Help your little one create this magical slime by combining the ingredients as follows:
- Mix a teaspoon of borax in one cup of water until it is all dissolved; set it aside.
- Pour in a bottle of Elmer’s Glue; add an equal amount of water to it and mix, mix, mix.
- Add green food coloring now; and for an extra bit of magic, add a teaspoon or two of glow paint and glitter.
- Add the borax-water mixture.
- Now, it’s time to get magical- with little hands, mix, squish, and smoosh the mixture, and watch how it transforms from a sloshy liquid into a squish-able ball of slime!
Oh goodness, there are so many fun activities to do with your toddler this St. Patrick’s Day; so whatever you do, just make sure to add a little green!