Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Finger Print Shamrocks: St Patrick's Day Crafts Project #50

Finger Print Shamrocks Preschool Craft
Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 2 Years and Up    
We used both paint (left) and stamp pad ink (right).

Supplies Needed:
Time Needed:  
  • 15 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do: 
  1. Easy Peasy!Dip thumb into the green paint (or stamp ink).
  2. Press thumb onto the white paper 3 times: 1 to the left, 1 upright, and 1 facing right. 
  3. For the stem, get some green paint (or stamp ink) on your pinkie.
  4. Press the side of the pinkie onto the paper when the stem should go.
  5. That's it! Cover the paper with as many shamrocks as you wish.
  6. Let dry completely!
  7. ENJOY! Hang for St Patrick's Day!
  8. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:   
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs:  Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

If your child enjoys playing with finger paint, let him paint lots of pictures today!

If you child does NOT like touching finger paint you can substitute an object for his thumb! Try using a cotton ball, or a thumb-size piece of apple or pear!

Using the thumb for this may prove difficult for some children, so you can use any finger that works for you!
For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by creating different shades of green (by adding a little white paint) and creating shamrocks that will all be green, but slightly different shades of green. That will give the project an interesting look!

A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "That's What Leprechauns Do" by Eve Bunting. A funny tale about how the mischievous leprechauns get the pot of gold to the end of the rainbow.  Part of the Berenstain Bears collection of books!  Fun tongue twisters! So silly that I'm sure your kids will enjoy it :)

Make a Shamrock Counting Book:
Fold 5 sheets of 8.5" x 11 papers in half. Print the numbers 1-10 at the top of each page. Put the number of thumb print shamrocks on each page that matches the number at the top (1: 1 shamrock, 2: 2 shamrocks etc).

Check out these FREE St Patrick's Day Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!
PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.   

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1 comment:

Krissy @ B.Inspired said...

Love those fingerprint shamrocks! I featured them on my blog today:

Thanks for the inspiration!

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