Even though my brain is already starting to jump ahead to Easter (you know for the sake of the blog and all). I realize most of us are probably just getting around to doing some St. Patrick’s Day projects.
Being that C loves to paint but I am more of a Mess Averse Momma, I’ve tried to find different ways of getting creative with his painting. Marble painting is something he really likes. Personally I think it’s because he can get his whole body into it with the shaking and all. Regardless, it’s really not that messy so it’s a big win in my book and we do it often.
Recently we decided to put a St. Patrick’s Day spin on our marble painting and do some marble painted shamrocks. If you’ve never painted with marbles it couldn’t be easier. I’m certain your kiddos will love it as much as mine. Just grab a plastic container (large enough to fit the paper you are working with) a few marbles and some paint.
I found some shamrock cut outs among our holiday decor and used them as stencils to cut shamrock shapes out of white paper. Ideally I would have used card stock for this but I didn’t have any on hand so plain old white printer paper it was.
Put your shamrock, the marbles and a few squirts of paint into the container and then put the lid on. It really doesn’t take much paint at all.
Now the fun part. Shake it up! (Did I mention C loves this part?) In hindsight I could have totally let Little E have a whirl at this activity and I’m sure he would have loved it. Alas he was napping and this happened during some Mommy & Me time for C.
I personally think the best part is the big reveal. He’s always so excited to lift the lid and see what his art looks like.
I love that each one comes out just a little bit different.
If you’re looking for more creative ideas for some St. Patrick’s Day themed painting look no further. I’ve polled a few friends and found some great ideas for you. Links to the individual activities are below the collage and in order from left to right and top to bottom.
Mom 2 Posh Little Divas Spin Art Shamrocks.
St. Patrick’s Day Clover Stamps from Playtivities
Mess for less straw painted shamrocks.
Kids Creative Chaos Shamrock Wand.
Plain Vanilla Mom Shamrocks on Canvas.
Potato Stamped Shamrocks from Creative Family Fun.
Puffy Paint Shamrocks from No Time for Flash Cards
Shamrock Drip Painting by Toddler Approved
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds Painting with Brayers