I’ve always used the term “four leaf clovers,” but a quick drive-thru trip after baseball practice recently introduced my boys to the word “shamrock” (via the Shamrock Shake), and now they think shamrock is much more fun to say. No matter what you call it, this little green plant with heart shaped leaves is the quintessential symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, and we’ve put together a fun kids craft to celebrate the holiday – mosaic paper shamrocks!
- Green poster board or heavy cardstock
- Paper – (plain and patterned) in assorted shades of green
- Elmer’s Early Learners Glue Stick or Glue Pen (available soon at Michael’s stores!)
- Scissors (not pictured)
Begin by cutting the assorted green papers (we used glittered, solids and prints) into strips approximately 1/2″ wide and then cutting the strips into squares. There’s no need to be perfect! Cut shamrock shapes from the green poster board or heavy cardstock.
I’ve said it time and time again, but we genuinely love our Elmer’s Early Learners glues around here! The glue pen (which my boys call “dab dab glue”) has a soft dauber tip that allows them to apply the right amount of glue with no mess, and it has enough strength to hold heavy objects like rhinestones, buttons and pom poms to the paper (it’s seriously my favorite kids glue ever!). The Early Learners glue stick applies smoothly and is easy to grip with a large angled surface area that is perfect for little hands. Both go on purple and dry clear so that the kids can easily see where they’ve applied their glue.
Apply the glue to the shamrock cut out, and start placing paper mosaic squares on to the shape. Don’t worry if the squares overlap the edges of your shamrock – they can be trimmed to size later.
Simon (age 3) had so much fun with this activity that he actually made three shamrocks of his own! He was especially enamored with the “pretty sparkly paper” and worked happily at the table on his projects for quite a long time.
Sutton (age almost-7) and Sawyer (age 8) also had a lot of fun with this craft, and we’ve decided to recreate it with our homeschool group at our St. Patrick’s Day party. This activity is perfect for a large group because minimal supplies are needed, and it’s appropriate for a wide variety of age groups.
We added the shamrocks to the window on our mantel (we’re rockin’ a St. Patrick’s Day-Spring themed mantel mashup these days haha!), and my boys are so proud that their work is front and center in the display!