For The Kiddies ~ St Patrick’s Day Rice Art, Finger Paint, & More

With March quickly approaching I wanted to share some easy, little to no cost kiddie projects to gear up for St Patrick’s Day. We recently finished a ‘mini art gallery wall’ in the kitchen and these pieces were perfect little masterpieces to showcase. {I’ll share that project in a another post} My little guy and I had a blast getting our hands messy not to mention how much fun it was to have a crafting buddy.

~Colored Rice Shamrock~ My little guy loves playing with uncooked rice so this project was his favorite. I started by enlarging a free shamrock image from supercoloring.com and printing it out on a sheet of cardstock. You can print the image here already enlarged to fit a standard 8 1/2 X 11 piece of paper.

Next you’ll need to color your plain uncooked rice. Just scoop a bit in a bowl and add few drops of regular food coloring. A little rice goes a long way.
Let your little ones in on the fun of mixing if you are not worried about them having green fingernails for a few days. The color absorbs pretty quickly into the rice.
Working in small sections squirt some white glue inside the shamrock and use a paint brush to spread the glue around.
Let your little ones go to town sprinkling the rice over the glue. {it’s a good idea to work on a cookie sheet to help somewhat control those tiny grains of rice – it helps with the clean up as well} Once covered gently pat over the area to assure you have a good hold. Shake off the excess and repeat until you have a lucky green shamrock.
~Colored Rice Rainbow ~Don’t put your rice away just yet. Every lucky leprechaun needs a rainbow, right? Again, I started by enlarging a free rainbow image from eprintables.com and printing on a sheet of cardstock. You can print the rainbow here already enlarged to fit a standard sheet of paper.
Using the same process as above color your rice, spread your glue and sprinkle away.
I mixed all the left over rice together and stored in a container for future play. Around here a small bowl of rice, some funnels and containers keeps my three year old busy long enough to get dinner started for the night!
~Lucky Finger Painted Shamrocks~For this ‘masterpiece’ I began by cutting five shamrock shapes from plain white cardstock.
Yellow and Blue make Green, right?
Scoop a little of each color on the shamrocks and let your little one mix the magical transformation right before their eyes. Again, I used an old cookie sheet as our working surface to protect the furniture and help with cleanup. I admit I had to do one shamrock myself…I could resist the fun!

I had to let our dry overnight as we used gobs and gobs of paint. They dry with a cool tie-dye appearance ~ something a little different then your straight bright green. I created the letters to spell ‘LUCKY’ in a publishing program and simply printed, cut out and glued on top of each shamrock with a glue stick. You can print the LUCKY letters here.

~Hand Print Shamrock~There is no better way to capture those tiny finger memories than a handprint ~ and you all know I love handprints. This one is quick and easy. I found another free shamrock image at thecoloringspot.com, enlarged and printed on a sheet of plain cardstock. You can print the enlarged image here. Paint up those small chubby fingers with some green paint and ‘hand print’ away!

I am finally so glad to be back! I have recovered almost everything from my computer failure with only a few losses here and there. Reloading all my programs took a little longer than expected. A quick reminder to back up all your files…frequently. If you are like me you need a reminder! I have a couple more kiddie art projects to post tomorrow so see you then. Enjoy!
~Part Two can be found here~

                  

Comments

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  2. What great ideas for the kidlets! I like the rice ideas. My kids always love to dig their hands in rice. They would be in heaven if I gave them the green light to play with it. Thanks so much for linking!

  3. thanks for your fun ideas…I teach kindergarten and I am going to use some of your fun ideas in my class next week!!!

  4. Great, great ideas! I am def doing the finger paint shamrocks with my 4 and 1 year olds. A great lesson on mixing colors!

  5. That’s a great idea for the kids! We’re going to have to try that this week!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Rachelle

  6. Glad to see you back! I am loving the rice ideas. I know that all of my children would love to do that! I’ll have to go but some rice this week and add this into our school craft for the week.

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  8. Very cool…. I like the rice art… its rainly today, so this looks like some fun for indoors..
    Have a great weekend.

  9. I love all the kiddie art projects. They turned out great. I would love to see a picture of the whole wall decorated.
    teri

  10. Wonderful idea. I never thought to use colored rice for an art project. I think we will do this tomorrow :)

  11. Great ideas!
    God’s blessings,
    Sarah :D

  12. I had never seen anything done with coloring rice and using it in a project – what a fun idea, especially for kids.

    Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

  13. Great crafts for little fingers! I just had to follow, great ideas, my kids will love it!

  14. I love this. What a great craft for little hands! Just wanted to let you know I linked to you on my blog:
    http://delicious-ambiguity-nennyk.blogspot.com/2010/03/saint-patricks-day-toddler-craft.html
    I hope you will stop by & take a look. Cheers!

  15. I’ve been searching for St. Patrick’s Day crafts for my twins’. These are perfect for them. Thank you!

  16. SO so cute. What a fun project!

    Thanks for linking it up to my party!!!

    XOXO
    Jen

  17. So fun! Can I send my kids to your house?

  18. I’m definitely doing the fingerpainted shamrocks with my kiddos! They looooove to fingerpaint and get dirty! I love all these too!

  19. We love the variety of activities you’ve done! They’re featured in a post scheduled for this Wednesday on our blog. We sent you an email too.

  20. I really loved it when my children made artwork for me. I just don’t understand why their colleges refused to make time for finger painting and coloring? lol
    Enjoy all the frig art they can produce.

  21. what cute ideas you have :)

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  24. Stephanie,
    Awesome projects!! So cool! Thanks for joining the party! Happy St. Patty’s day!
    Linda

  25. You have some awesome ideas here…I will be doing and sharing them on my blog.

  26. I think that shamrock hand painted is another original idea!
    If I had children, I surely would attempt to do such a cute affair
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