Looking for fun St Patrick’s Day art projects for preschoolers? A simple open ended painting activity is always a great choice. Laying out various media and materials in greens and golds keeps things festive and allows kids to experiment and make choices.

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child holding a st patrick's day art project

What is open ended art (vs. product art)

Open-ended art, also referred to as process art, emphasizes the journey of creation rather than worrying about the end result. In process art, children engage with materials freely, allowing their creativity to flow without strict guidelines.

Explore further about open-ended art here.

On the contrary, product art typically involves adult guidance, follows predetermined steps in a particular sequence, and aims for uniformity among final outputs. Product art is what you may characterize as a craft project.

To learn more about color theory, check out this helpful preschool color mixing worksheet.

St Patrick’s Day art for preschoolers: painting

Materials we used

For this colorful St. Patrick’s Day art, I set out the following materials:

  • a small canvas
  • scissors
  • a variety of brushes
  • different kinds of scrapbook paper in varous green patterns.
  • tissue paper in teal
  • gold tulle
  • gold wrapping paper
  • glue stick
  • green crayon
  • palette (or paper plate)

Don’t forget to cover your workspace with a vinyl tablecloth or newspapers.

For more festive fun, be sure to check out this St. Patrick’s Day Fine Motor Sensory Bin.

For more spring art, try this birch tree art project.

materials laid out for a st patrick's day preschool art project.

So I set out a bunch of different items and almost all of them went unused, which is fine and part of the process. Keep offering various materials though, because they will be chosen sometimes, and really allow kids to experiment. There’s nothing better than standing back seeing kids try adding say, a piece of tulle to the painting. They see how it sticks to the paint, or discover it doesn’t stick and try to add glue to solve that problem. Or decide they don’t like it and remove it, and realize it left a mark they like or don’t like, and what they do next…

Anyway, at first my assistant decided to draw a shamrock seeing as it was for St Patrick’s.

a child drawing a shamrock in a st patrick's day art project.

While he was pleased with the shamrock, he was stuck afterwards for a couple minutes on what to do next. I reminded him that there didn’t need to be a shamrock just because it was St. Patrick’s Day and he could do whatever he wanted. He decided to paint over the shamrock and focus more on watching how thick layers of different colors would smoosh together.

a child painting a canvas using green and gold paint.

Eventually, he decided to add a thick coating of white over the entire painting and LOVED watching it melt and and change the entire look.

A preschooler's painting, using different shades of green.

“I’M DONE!” – The end result was kind of a northern lights feel with a tiny window that showed a small amount of the original shamrock. Love those brushstrokes on the right!

What are you favorite St Patrick’s Day art projects for preschoolers? Tell us in the comments below.

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