With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, your child can explore the concept of resist with this fun green-on-green shamrock art activity. It’s as simple as getting out a green crayon, watercolor paints and a piece of white paper. Your child can experiment making many different shamrocks to create lots and lots of decorations for St. Patrick’s Day!
What You Do:
- Start by taking a look at what a shamrock looks like with your child by researching on the Internet or in books. The shamrock is a symbol of Ireland and is a small three-leafed clover plant that grows all over Ireland.
- Offer your child the white paper and green crayon and invite her to draw a large shamrock that almost touches the edges of the paper. Encourage her to press hard with her crayon, making a strong line and encouraging her fine motor skills!
- Now get out the watercolor paints and ask your child what she thinks might happen if she paints the paper – will the green crayon show through?
- Invite your child to cover her paper with green watercolor paint and watch as her shamrock pops out! Crayons are made with wax, which repels (or resists) water!
- Once she’s covered her entire paper, she can let her green shamrock dry and then proudly display it in a special spot for St. Patrick’s Day!
Did you know: Shamrocks are worn on St. Patrick’s Day, and all year round, in Ireland to bring a bit of luck to the Irish and all their children, no matter where they are!
Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.