Mini Monets and Mommies: St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Kids' Art Activity

Thursday, February 5, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Kids' Art Activity

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t all too far away. I was thinking about what kids’ art activities would be perfect for this holiday, and I realized that I already have one. And, it’s GLITTER!!! I know a lot of you are afraid of glitter, but I’m a fan. It’s perfectly ok to get a bit anxious when your child wants to get the sparkly stuff out. Aside from the fact that she’ll probably pour it all over the place, it seems to stick around forever (evidenced by the glitter flecks that have been stuck in my living room carpet for the past few days – following an incident where the cat batted the glitter tube off the table).
Gold craft


Many months ago we did a rainbow glitter clay paint. What’s clay paint? It’s just like finger painting, but with super-slippery modeling clay. It gives those fine motor skills a work out and is somewhat neater than using real paints. It also traps the glitter, meaning that the sparkles won’t get quite as messy. To turn the clay paint into a St. Patrick’s Day project, I added a pot of gold paper collage!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Soft modeling clay in at least four different colors

·        White Crayola Model Magic

·        Glitter – match each color of sparkles to the clay

·        Black, white and yellow card stock paper

·        A marker or crayon

·        Scissors

·        Clear-drying school glue

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Pull the first color of clay apart into quarter-sized pieces. Have your child roll a piece into a snake shape.

2.     Pour a tiny pool of glitter (in the same color as the clay) onto a piece of scrap paper. Roll the clay through it, smooshing the glitter in.

3.     Spread the glitter-covered clay onto the white card stock, making a semi-circle rainbow shape. Your child can stretch out the clay with her fingers, ‘painting’ it on. It will stick to the paper the more she presses it in.

Holiday Crafts
 
4.     Repeat the steps with the other colors, making more bands on the rainbow.

Rainbow craft
 
5.     Roll the Model Magic into two golf ball-sized balls. Your child can smash the Model Magic into opal-colored glitter.

6.     Press the Model Magic onto each end of the rainbow to make clouds.

Clay Paint
 
7.     Fold the black paper in half, book-style.

8.     Draw half a circle on the paper, with a flat top starting at the fold.

Math art
 
9.     Cut the half circle out.

10.   Open the paper to reveal the pot for the St. Patrick’s Day pot of gold.

Circle art
 
11.    Fold the yellow paper in half.

12.    Draw half circles on the paper at the fold.

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13.    Cut the circles out and open them to make gold coins.

St. Patrick's Day

14.    Glue the pot and the gold onto the paper near the rainbow.
 
Holiday art

Are you looking for more St. Patrick’s Day activities? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas!
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