3 Great Shamrock & Rainbow Activities for St. Patrick's Day!

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Getting your centers ready for St. Patrick's Day? Check out these awesome activities and crafts shared over at Rockabye Butterfly! Use one, use them all - your kiddos are sure to have a great time as they brush up on color recognition, build fine motor skills, learn about ordering, etc.

Homemade Lime Kool-Aid Play Dough

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A fabulous sensory activity for your students, the green yummy smelling dough paired with shamrock cookie cutters makes a great addition to your holiday plans! You can grab the dough recipe over at Rockabye Butterfly and, perhaps, alter it to play with different scents. For example, instead of Kool-Aid you might try green food coloring and mint essential oil.

Heart Cookie Cutter Shamrock Craft

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This is an oldie, but a goodie! Using a heart cookie cutter and green paint, as students make prints of the cookie cutters, invite them to arrange the prints in a group to create clover shapes. And encourage them to explore working with the prints!

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Use the tip of their finger on the wet paint to brush the excess paint toward the middle of the shape.

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Layer the cookie cutter prints.

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Slide or rub the cookie cutter on the paper (making sure to slide each print the same direction so that the clover shape is still visible).

Paint Chip Rainbows

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This activity provides a great opportunity for your kiddos to practice with color recognition, ordering, and matching! Simply draw a rainbow shape onto a piece of white craft paper, using markers to add a colored dot or line in each section to help guide your kiddos as they place their paint chips. Finally, have students work one section at a time, adding a line of glue and covering the wet paste with the appropriate colored paint chips. [NOTE: You could also use squares of tissue paper/construction paper, dyed pasta, craft puffs, etc.]

The best part - these are just three of the six activities shared over at Rockabye Butterfly! Be sure to check out the full post for more great ideas!

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