St Patricks Day Rainbow kids Crafts

Rainbow Kids Crafts

Its St Patricks Day on March the 17th and what screams more of St Patricks day than rainbows?

Here are a selection of rainbow inspired kids food and craft activities that look so fun they need to be shared!

Rainbow rice krispies

These are so simple but look so fun, who wouldnt want these in their lunchbox?

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Rainbow heart layer cake

Ok little ones might need a hand with this one, but i couldnt leave this out, how amazing does this look? Takes the standard layer cake to another level!

 

Rainbow Jelly Eggs

Yep thats right jelly rainbow eggs! Probably laid by a rainbow hen as well! ūüôā

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Rainbow Sensory Bottles

Great for musical little ones.

Make a Rainbow Sensory Play Bottle / Musical Shaker, great for all ages. From My Little 3 and Me.

Rainbow Salt Crystal painting

I really like the look of this, i can imagine my little one really enjoying the different colours.

 

Rainbow Ice Ball Bin

How big are these?! They make me want to get in the box and have a go!

Rainbow Ice Ball Sensory Bin

 

Shamrock Stamps

I love food stamping and finding out shapes you never knew were there!

pepper stamping st patricks day craft how we learn

 

Rainbow Play dough kit

This is a great kit to have ready for colourful play.

Rainbow Play Dough Kit | Mama Papa Bubba

 

 Keep an eye out for more St Patrick day ideas coming up. 

 

 

 

Sensory Bags for kids using laminating pouches!

Ive seen sensory bags being made before and ive thought they are brilliant, ive still yet to do any, just trying to find the time at the moment but ive come across this website hannahshotchpotch.com which explains this fully.

Making sensory bags but using laminating pouches so these can be sealed with a hot iron or in this post hair straighteners, what an easy idea plus I have load of laminating pouches that aren’t being used. Im really going to have a go at this on the weekend. Please be careful though if trying this, keep hot things away from little hands!

 

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Instead of using ziplock bags I used a nifty trick suggested on a childminding forum I belong to…laminator pouches sealed on three sides using straightners (not to be done with kids around!)  I then filled them with the desired mediums before sealing the last open side again with the straightners.  I will say at this point I used A4 size laminator pockets and I think next time I will use A5 size pouches as they will be more manageable.

 

The first two bags I filled with cheap blue hair gel and letters and number sequins.  I thought this would be great to use with bean and one of my preschool mindees for number and letter recognition.  After using in childminding group today I came away with some further ideas about using these.  The gel inside allows for easy mark making and also we discussed that if they were cooled in the fridge this would add another dimension to the sensory play.

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The second two were filled with shaving foam and food colouring ‚Äď the bags give a slightly softer feel than the gel, and the white of the shaving foam dilutes the colour to give more of a pastel hue. ¬†This led me onto an idea for a future activity with the little ones of mixing colours in the shaving foam to introduce the concept of colour mixing.

sensory bags kiddy crafty

 

The final two bags were filled with the following recipe for goo, from hellobee.  It was great to make and is another addition to future resources, I am very tempted to use it without the bags for messy sensory play.

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Recipe for goo:

1 cup of cornflour

1/3cup sugar

4 cups cold water

food colouring

Add the cornflour, sugar and water to a medium pan (it does expand when cooking)

Heat over a medium heat whisking frequently.   The mixture will begin to thicken and solidify, and as is ready when it turns more translucent.

Allow to cool and mix in the food colouring.  use to fill bags or as on its own for messy play.

Find the rest of the instructions here.