Ever wonder how you can combine listening and creativity? This St. Patrick’s Day activity does it.
My house is already rapidly getting ready for spring. Our plants are growing, we’ve been playing outside, and spring cleaning is in full effect. Just over the weekend, our house has rainbows, spring, and St. Patrick’s Day decor up and hanging.
To get Mila ready for next week’s fun holiday, we read Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase.
I thought we could do a painting with it too. When I pre read it, I tried to find repetitive words she wasn’t super familiar with before. Clover is the leprechauns name in the story and is used quite often. So, that’s what I decided on.
To make a regular painting a little more fun, I continued using an unusual painting tool.
The supplies you’ll need:
- Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase (you can use any book to modify this activity)
- Green paint
- The top or bottom of a bell pepper
- A fork (optional)
Yes, you read that right. We’re using a bell pepper to paint!
Bell peppers make a clover shape when they’re painted and stamped.
She actually wasn’t super fond on just gripping the pepper though. You can stick a fork in the pepper to do the same effect. It looked like she had more control that way too.
All we did for this activity was read the book and stamp the pepper every time Clover was said.
It turns out, Clover was said way more than I remembered when I first read the story. Mila was constantly going back and forth with from paint to canvas.
There were a few times she didn’t do it because she was so interested in the book. Cute right?
Don’t worry. We read it again afterwards.
Honestly, this was such a cute activity.
It proved that my toddler can actually listen (I’m such a jokester) and she’s so creative.
I think my favorite part of the painting is where you can tell Clover was said three times in a page. She just stamped it quickly in the same spot.
We hope you love this activity as much as we did!
It’s a quick one to do with your toddler or older child. You’ll get a new St. Patrick’s Day decor price and the knowledge that kids can listen when they want.
Let me know in the comments if you try it out.
Make sure to check out these great St. Patrick’s Day activities too!
- Clover Canvas by Coffee with Kari
- St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin by Mom Buns & Mayhem
- Leprechaun Snow by Team Cartwright
Also, I’m looking to expand Mila’s Easter/Spring books. Do you have an Easter/Spring childrens book recommendation?