Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is a long-standing tradition, and getting pinched is no fun when you don’t have something green to wear. To make sure they don’t get pinched, have a fun craft day with the kids beforehand and don’t worry if they don't have green clothes to wear to school or daycare on St. Patrick’s Day.
Here are five quick and easy St. Patrick’s Day adornments that even toddlers can make with a little supervision.
Kids love to string beads, so sort out some green ones and let the kids come up with a neat design for a necklace for St. Patrick’s Day. Add letters as in this necklace and you can turn craft day into a spelling lesson. They can make a necklace with their name, or an appropriate phrase fitting the St. Patrick’s Day theme.
Spools painted or dyed green are big enough for little fingers to handle easily, so this craft is suitable for smaller children too. String them onto twine or ribbon, tying a knot in between each spool, or use a wooden bead to separate the larger pieces.
Remember the candy necklaces you loved as a kid? Help your little one make their own for St. Patrick’s Day by stringing just the green colored cereal from a box of Froot Loops. Make sure everyone washes their hands first, then pour the cereal into a large bowl and turn edible fun into another lesson by having them separate the colors. They can munch on the remaining colors for a snack. To add to the original idea, you could add green marshmallow clovers from Lucky Charms cereal in between the loops (although this will probably require help from an adult or older child who can use a needle).
No children’s necklace craft idea would be complete without mentioning the macaroni necklace. Dye macaroni or other tube shaped pasta with a green tint, and string it into a necklace for St. Patrick’s Day. Cut a shamrock pendant out of craft foam to complete the look.
Tie one on for the boys
If your little boy would rather not wear something called a necklace, this cool green tie should make him happy. Cut the tie shapes out of construction paper and fasten the ‘knot’ over a ribbon that can be tied around the neck. Use glitter glue or other adornments to embellish it, or add a shamrock or other St. Patrick’s Day printable.