Shamrock Stones: St. Patrick's Day Craft & Activity for Preschoolers

Shamrock Stones! This fun shamrock craft makes a great St. Patrick's Day activity for kids. Kids love putting together their own shamrock puzzles - perfect for counting practice too!

Even though it's still cold and snowy, my thoughts are turning toward St. Patrick's Day and signs of spring. So of course I got the idea to go dig some garden stones out from under a snow pile in my yard so that we could make a craft. I was so happy with how cute and easy this shamrock craft is, and it turned into a fun St. Patrick's Day puzzle activity that my boys loved!

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We just made a trip to the library to check out a bunch of great St. Patrick's Day books, and since so many of them feature shamrocks, I thought I'd come up with a fun way for the boys to make their own.  I wanted something that would help them practice counting, and that we could put in our garden once everything thaws out. So I grabbed a few rocks from the yard and made these fun shamrocks for them to put together. It only takes about 5 minutes and requires no art skills at all!

All you need are 5 relatively flat, small garden stones and a green permanent marker. 

Start by drawing a heart shape, end pointing down, on four of your rocks. I love doing shamrock crafts because all you need to be able to draw is a heart to make a perfect clover! I made 4 so that we could make shamrocks and four leaf clovers too.

Add a small stem to the fifth rock. Put them together and you have the perfect little shamrock!

Now you can mix them up and invite your kids to put them together themselves. My boys loved these - it was like their own little St. Patrick's Day puzzle!

We also practiced counting as we made both three and four leaf clovers. This was a great exercise in problem solving and spatial relations as well. And so fun!

We love our little shamrocks. They are a great St. Patrick's Day decoration and we will be sure to put them in our garden as soon as we can see green outside again!

Want to see some of the books that inspired this activity? Here you go!

Looking for more St. Patrick's Day fun for kids? Check out these great activities & crafts!

Egg Carton Shamrock Craft from Play & Learn Everyday
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day from Kelly's Classroom
Rainbow Rainmaker from Mum in the Mad House
Michael Finnigan Craft from Craftulate
Shamrock Sun Catcher Craft from The Gingerbread House
Rainbow Hearts Craft from Our Whimsical Days
Shamrock Stones from Sunny Day Family
Kids’ Kitchen: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes from Sugar, Spice & Glitter
Pot of Gold Number Mats from The Kindergarten Connection
St Patricks’s Day Playdough from Clares Little Tots
Pot o’ Gold DIY Piggy Bank from Playground Parkbench
Rainbow Duct Tape Bracelets from Teach Me Mommy

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