Inside: This toddler St. Patrick’s Day art adds fine motor building by replacing paintbrushes with cotton swabs. When the blue and yellow paint is mixed on the slick tinfoil, fun color mixing is taking place! Use the free printable to turn this process art into shamrocks.
Our 2 year old class was full of energy as soon as they walked in the door.
I’m talking running, pushing, screaming.
There is something about painting on slick foil that is so soothing. Add some color mixing and it is even more fun!
Simple prints on blank paper can be made, or you can download the free shamrock printable and add it to your toddler St. Patrick’s Day curriculum.
Either way, it’s open-ended, calming, and a great way to strengthen those little fingers.
Toddler St. Patrick’s Day Art that Builds Fine Motor Skills (Printable)
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What we used:
Cotton swabs (also known as Q-Tips)
Setting up this St. Patrick’s Day art for toddlers:
I taped a large piece of paper to the surface of a table as a small group activity. However, you could also make this be an independent art activity by giving each child his own piece of foil. Just make sure to tape it to the surface or it will slide around.
I added a dollop of yellow paint and a dollop of blue paint on either side of the large sheet of foil. (When done individually, only use one dollop of each color.)
I chose to use cotton swabs instead of paint brushes as another way to strengthen the fingers, discouraging “fisting”. Because the cotton swabs are shorter, encouraging the tripod grasp. This is an important pre-writing skill.
The foil has a slick finish, so the paint moves around easier while the blue and yellow paints mixed.
Lines and curves were made as the paint moved and mixed.
Typical of toddlers, some tried a few strokes and left. However, others stayed for quite awhile, absorbed in moving the cotton swabs all around the foil.
We then took a fresh sheet of white paper and pressed it on top of the painted foil.
Our toddlers love making prints, as it feels a bit magical as they lift the paper to find a colorful design.
We could see all 3 colors on our prints!
For a St. Patrick’s Day activity, you can use the same process, swapping the plain sheet of paper with a shamrock. (Make sure to grab the free printable!)
You can take it one step further and cut out the shamrock, gluing it onto a solid black piece of paper. Or leave it as it is. Your choice.
No matter which idea you choose, this is an easy and fun St. Patrick’s Day art for toddlers!
More St. Patrick’s Day activities for toddlers:
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