With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, I thought it'd be fun to experiment with some toddler-friendly craft ideas. Whether you're Irish or not, everyone can take pleasure in the festivities that come along with the holiday! PLUS, since it's the dead of winter and many of us longingly await the green grass and warm sunshine, there's an added bonus of decorating your space with a little taste of spring!
Care to be entertained by my inspiration for this craft? Gravity. No, really! That darn bag of mini marshmallows kept falling onto my head every time I opened the kitchen cabinet. (You know it's happened to you, too!) Enter shamrock idea. I suppose it literally hit me in the noggin! I'm just glad it wasn't the canned fruit! :)
- Mini marshmallows (two for each clover)
- Scissors or kitchen shears
- Clear craft or school glue (not a glue stick)
- Green marker
- White and green cardstock or construction paper
- Paintbrush and glitter (optional)
Use the shears/scissors to cut your marshmallows in half. You need two marshmallows (four halves) for one clover. Keep in mind that your scissors will get sticky and will need to be wiped with a wet cloth.
Cut a few stems from the green cardstock. I snipped tall, skinny triangles, but feel free to get creative by adding leaves or using a different shape.
Let your child color the marshmallows with the green marker. They need only color one side. I recommend using washable marker because small marshmallows and developing motor skills equals messy fingers!
Glue the marshmallows to the cardstock in a clover shape. I dabbed three or four dots (depending on how many leaves we wanted) on the paper and then prompted my daughter to place the marshmallows on the dots. Glue the stem to the clover. Repeat these steps for additional clovers.
If you wish, you can end your project here. These look cute just as they are!
Another optional step is to add glitter to your clovers. Tip: If you choose to add glitter, wait for the clovers to dry completely on the cardstock. Otherwise, you'll end up with glitter sticking to the excess glue in between the leaves and around the stem.
The first time we added glitter was a process of trial and error. I poured some glue into a paint tray (you can also use a scrap piece of paper) and used a paintbrush to dab the glue onto the clovers. As it turns out, too much glue made the marker run, and our clover leaves turned blue!
The key to the glitter component is to use very little glue. I suggest that you dab the paintbrush VERY gently with minimal glue onto the clover.
The final step is to apply the glitter and shake off the excess. Allow to dry for at least 8 hours.
- To minimize the mess, use glitter that your child can shake onto the craft. Try using an old salt shaker or an empty spice container. Consider shaking the glitter on the clovers into an empty shoebox.
- In case your're thinking of painting the clovers instead of coloring them with marker, allow me to share our experience. The marshmallow kept sticking to my daughter's paint brush, which prompted her to shake it (flying marshmallow)! Also, the wet paint made the marshmallows mushy when my tot tried to hold them while painting. My suggestion-- stick with the marker.
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