How cute are these little thumbprint four-leaf clovers? This easy St. Patrick's Day kids craft is perfect for the kids. You can use an ink pad or regular green craft paint for this. Put it on some cardstock for an adorable, easy card for grandparents, friends, your kids' teacher…or just hang it on the fridge!
After the Thanksgiving-Christmas-Hanukkah-New Years-Valentine’s holiday gifting barrage, it’s refreshing to enter the quieter spring months. I love crafting for smaller holidays like Saint Patrick’s Day, April Fools and Easter. Without the expectation of gifts, it really seems special when you take a few extra minutes out of the day to show loved ones that you thought of them on holidays like this. It’s easy for kids to make a personalized card to give to their grandparents, teachers or friends! We even make little commemorative thumbprints for the kids to put in their scrapbooks each year, so we can look back over time and see how their bodies have grown.
Sidekick's teacher is REALLY big on crafts, so we always try to do something special like this for her. It warms my heart to think of her hanging it up on her own refrigerator or sticking it in a memory book, which I know the totally does. Isn't it awesome when you wind up with a teacher who really cherishes your child the way you do? Our son has grown in leaps and bounds in her class, and I'm so thankful to have her as an inspiration in our lives.
We're making these with her class as a surprise for all the parents. Also on the docket for our St. Patrick's Day celebration at school? Green eggs and ham, of course!
St. Patrick's Day Thumbprint Craft
Green paint or green ink pad
Markers, colored pencils or crayons
White paper or cardstock
- Coat your child’s thumb with the green paint or ink and stamp once towards the middle of the paper.
- Repeat three more times to form the top of a four-leafed clover.
- Draw a stem.
- Add some festive wording.
- Let your kids decorate the card and write their own message on the inside. Don’t forget to have them practice signing their names!
Chat with your kids about other holidays that they’d like to celebrate, and crafts that would go with each one. Now's the time to get them excited about Easter eggs, and teach them to give back to their community for May Day. How about Mardi Gras or Cinco de Mayo? Don’t forget about Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and any graduation celebrations coming up! There are a ton of easy crafts for every single one of these days. It doesn't have to be complicated, but the little gestures and gifts for friends can go a long way in making people have a great week and a great time celebrating. Handprint and thumbprint crafts are definitely one of our favorite ways to go with the kids, since they're simple and quick and don't require a lot of supplies.
How does your family celebrate the “smaller” holidays? Do you have any favorite St. Patrick's Day kids crafts?