The kids have been asking a lot of questions about St. Patrick’s day recently. My favorite story to tell them is about when I had braces. I would get green rubber bands and not wear any green on my person. Then if someone tried to pinch me, I’d smile at them. It was all kinds of hilarious to me at the time.
Anyhoo, we’ve been reading The Night Before Saint Patrick’s Day and the kiddos have been asking lots of questions about leprechauns and rainbows and pots of gold and the like so I’ve been trying to incorporate some fun St. Patrick’s day crafts into our days.
My favorite thing about this paper plate craft was that it kept Peyton (2.5) busy for more than 10 minutes at a time! Babysitter win!
End of the Rainbow Paper Plate Craft
Black construction paper
Yellow construction paper or Gold paint
stapler or glue stick
This craft is pretty straight forward. Have your little one paint whatever their heart desires on one side of the plate. Peyton got very involved with her process. “Water, towel, paint, paper” I just let her go to town until she got a little bored. I asked Noah if he could do a rainbow pattern and he was all for it.
While the kiddos were painting, I cut out the pots of gold and painted the gold on the inside. If you have yellow construction paper on hand, you can cut out some circles and let the kids glue them onto the pots.
While we waited for one side of our plates to dry, I grabbed us all a snack. They’ve been really into Pirate Booty and apples. ( I have ceased to ask questions as long as its healthy-ish)
Okay, fast forward 15 minutes and washed hands later and it was time to paint the other side. Peyton was still super enthusiastic about paiting the other side. “That’s purple Chelsea”. Noah wasn’t as enthusiastic, but he finished because he couldn’t wait to see how the craft would look like.
Once everything was dry, we cut the plates in a spiral pattern and stapled the “pots of gold” to one end of the spiral… and VOILA! We had some really cool pots of gold at the end of a twirly rainbow.
If you make these, they’re great to hang outside like flags telling Leprechauns to stop by. Who knows… maybe you’ll trap one!