A simple St. Patrick’s Day craft for kids to do. Rainbow Heart Clovers give your kids practice with measuring.
I have to be honest. In the past couple of years I really scaled down the amount of crafts I do with my kids. Some of this had to do with the fact that we moved twice and painted 3 houses in 2015. Some of it has to do with the fact that my 3rd pregnancy really sucked and I just didn’t feel up to dealing with crafts with my kids. Whatever the reason or combination of reasons, I’ve been realizing lately that we really need to bring more crafts back into our homeschooling.
My kids love crafts. And they don’t mind doing them by themselves. But as I looked back at pictures from old blog posts where the kids and I did crafts together, I realized that I’m missing out by not sharing that experience with them.
I remember how much fun we had painting and creating together, and I want to make sure to keep that a priority, at least once a month. So I decided we would start with an easy St. Patrick’s Day craft, so we made these rainbow heart clovers.
To make rainbow heart clovers you need:
- Construction paper in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple
I let the kids work on measurements with this project. You’ve always got to incorporate learning if you’re homeschooling, right? So I told them how long to measure each piece.
We cut 3 strips of each color as wide as the ruler, which is 1″.
Then we folded each strip in half. While they were folded in half, we cut them.
We left the green as is, which is 6″.
The yellow we cut 5 1/2″.
The orange we cut 5″.
The red we cut 4 1/2″.
The purple we cut 4″.
The blue we cut 3 1/2″.
So there should be 3 of each color cut at these lengths.
We cut another piece for the stem from the green, and this piece was 1″ wide by 5″ long.
To put these together, make a heart with the blue piece, then put one end of the purple into the crevice of the heart, pull the other end around, and tuck it in to the crevice as well.
(Sorry that these hearts are all upside down. I didn’t really think that through while I was making them!)
Then continue to add each color in rainbow order. Once all the colors are part of the heart, we stapled the ends.
After making 3 hearts in this way, staple the hearts together in between, and add the stem.
Super simple, but fun. My kids had a blast with this, and they went on to make dozens of other items out of construction paper and staples.
What kind of crafts have you been doing with your kids? I’d love it if you would share it with me in the comments. I read every single one!