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Make a thumbprint rainbow for St. Patrick's Day

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St. Patrick's Day is approaching and this is a great craft that kids of many ages can complete independently. My 8, 6 and 4 year old all did this with little to no assistance. You don't need many supplies either. My kids really enjoyed this craft just because they were able to do it with little assistance. You can check out the steps to do this craft with your child. Each of the steps have pictures as well.

Have fun and enjoy!

Gather materials
Gather materials Kim Fiscus

Gather materials

First, gather the materials you will need for this craft. You will need paint (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, gold and black), glue, cotton, paintbrushes, white paper and little containers to hold the paint.

Begin by pouring each color of paint into a separate container.

Begin the rainbow
Begin the rainbow Kim Fiscus

Begin the rainbow

Instruct your child to create a rainbow starting at the bottom left corner and going towards the top right corner of the paper.

Brush some purple pain on their thumb and guide them to place their thumbprint on the paper. For additional help, you could draw a faint line with a pencil to help guide them. You can help them repaint their thumb every 3-4 prints.

Have them repeat with each of the colors of the rainbow. I used this opportunity to teach my kids about Roy G. Biv.

 

Continue painting
Continue painting Kim Fiscus

Continue painting

Continue instructing your child to make thumbprints for each of the remaining colors of the rainbow. Continue to have them wash their thumb in between each of the colors.

Create the clouds
Create the clouds Kim Fiscus

Create the clouds

Next, take the glue and place some on the paper at the end of the rainbow. Take the cotton and pull it apart and press it onto the glue to create the cloud.

Paint the pot of gold
Paint the pot of gold Kim Fiscus

Paint the pot of gold

Give your child the black paint and a paintbrush and instruct them to draw a pot for the gold at the bottom of the rainbow. If needed, draw the outline of one for your child to color in.

Paint the gold
Paint the gold Kim Fiscus

Paint the gold

Lastly, instruct your child to create the gold pieces by using their thumbprint again. Instruct them to create a pile of gold coming out of the black pot and going up to the beginning of the rainbow.

Enjoy
Enjoy Kim Fiscus

Enjoy

When finished, let the paint dry for at least an hour. Allow your child to write their name on their masterpiece or even draw a leprechaun.

Enjoy!

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