Nothing says Saint Patrick's Day like a great big shamrock. Simple and symmetrical, this symbol of Irish culture is a perfect shape for preschool prints. Stamp your Irish cheer on any paper surface by creating a lucky shamrock stamp! Now your kid can show his love of the Irish on cards, gift wrap or book covers while learning the basics of printmaking.
What You Need:
- Green tempera paint
- 2 Cardboard squares, 6" x 6"
- White construction paper square, 6" x 6"
- Low-temperature hot glue gun
- Paper plate
What You Do:
- Cover the table you're working on with newspaper.
- Show images of shamrocks to your child and explain that a typical three-leaf clover isn't symmetrical. However, the four-leaf clover, which is rare in nature but commonplace at any St. Pat's celebration, is symmetrical. Show him how the leaves of the clover are heart-shaped.
- Have your child fold the white paper in half and draw half of a heart on the paper. The mid-section of the heart should meet up at the fold. This will create a template for the stamp.
- He can now cut out the heart shape from the paper, unfold it into a heart, and trace it on one of the cardboard squares.
- Help him cut out his cardboard heart and set it aside.
- With the second cardboard square, help him bend it into a roll so it resembles a long tube.
- Help him glue the cardboard "tube" in place. This will become the handle for his shamrock heart stamp.
- Now, help him glue the end of the handle to the center of his cut-out heart. Allow this to dry for a little while.
- Time to make some shamrock prints! Pour some green paint onto a paper plate. Then, have him gently dip the heart into the paint while holding the handle of his stamp.
- Test out the stamp on the newspaper to get the correct paint consistency.
- Show your child how to position the heart-shaped stamp to create shamrock prints.
- Use your stamp to spread St. Patrick's Day cheer!