St. Patrick's Day Ideas: Shamrock Pepper Stamp Craft
Make this shamrockin' stamp for St. Patrick's Day.
- Stamper:Your kid.
- Bell pepper:Pick up a green one in honor of St. Paddy's Day (plus, they're usually cheaper than red or yellow peppers).
- Green tempera paint and a paintbrush
- Paper plate
- Construction paper
- Embellishments:Like glitter, stickers, etc.
- Slice off the top half of a bell pepper and remove the seeds and inner skin, leaving the rim clean.
- Pour some green tempera paint onto a paper plate.
- Hand your kid a pepper half and have him dip it into the paint and press it onto a folded piece of construction paper to make a shamrock design. Each time he stamps, he'll get a perfect shamrock shape.
- Encourage him to dip and stamp and continue adding shamrocks to the paper until he's happy with the design.
- When he's done stamping shamrocks, help him paint a little stem on the bottom of each one.
- Let the paint dry.
- Have him add some glitter or stickers to jazz it up a bit. He can fill the shamrocks in with paint or outline them with glitter.
- Next, help him write a St. Paddy's Day greeting inside the fold of the card, like the old Irish saying, "May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go."
- When your kid is finished, toss out the peppers. You don't want the painted peppers to end up in your salad!
- His shamrock cards will make great greetings for teachers or grandparents, but if he's really pleased with his handiwork, they're also a great St. Patrick's Day idea for window or fridge decorations during the holiday.
- Let your kid use his own personalized stamp, e.g., his thumbprint, to make more stamped greeting cards with help from NickJr.com.