Shamrock Chain Craft
Looking for a super easy and creative craft that will get your children excited for Saint Patrick’s Day? This Shamrock Chain Craft is so easy and fun and will get the kids excited for Saint Patrick’s Day instantly! I love this craft because it is fun and easy and because it helps teach toddlers and preschoolers to develop their fine motor skills. Skills needed for writing; in this craft, we practice scissor skills and pattern recognition. Before we begin please take a moment to pin this post to your crafts board.
What you will need to make the Shamrock Chain Craft:
You most likely have all the supplies you need already in your home, if you don’t, a quick run to your local drugstore or office supply store should be able to supply you with all you need, however, I have included affiliate links to Amazon where you can purchase everything you will need.
What to do:
- First, you draw lines about 1 1/2 inches apart on each paper.
- Then your little one can cut these lines which is great for fine motor skills and to help with learning to cut (it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful).
- Once all the strips are cut you connect each end making a circle and linking each piece as you go, gluing the ends. (Make sure to leave some extra strips for later)
- If you have varying shades of green as we do, you can make a pattern which is very good for development.
- Once your chain is complete, draw out shamrocks on green construction paper or cardstock and cut them out.
- Next, with the extra strips attach the shamrocks to the pieces and attach them to the chain, so they are dangling off
- For added shimmer, add some green glitter to the shamrocks.
How patterns help children
Patterns help to develop critical thinking skills. It is so much more than that. Patterns are all over our world, by teaching children how to recognize the patterns in their world you are opening a door that not only gives them tools to think critically but builds their confidence and understanding of how the world around them works.
Learning about patterns helps children develop skills needed in reading and math, and it also teaches them how to see the order in their ordinarily chaotic world.