How to Make Shamrock Paintings with Preschoolers

Shamrock paintings are fun to make for St. Patrick's Day. Recycle egg cartons for this simple painting activity that supports kids fine motor and creative play. Make shamrock paintings to decorate your home or classroom for St. Patrick's Day. 

Shamrocks St. Patrick's Day painting activity for preschoolers

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This painting activity is easy to provide for your early learner at home or for a group of children in the classroom. The activity uses everyday craft supplies such as paint and markers, as well as recycled egg cartons.

Make pretty shamrocks - or other designs! - with this creative art activity. You can even make a four-leaf clover!


Shamrock Painting Activity

We love celebrating St. Patrick's Day, especially with fun crafts and activities. This easy painting activity uses recycled egg cups to create shamrocks. You can even make a four-leaf clover!

You might already be saving empty egg cartons for Easter activities. Recycle one for this shamrock painting activity for St. Patrick's Day. 

Supplies for shamrock paintings

Supplies for a kids painting activity for St. Patricks Day


  • green paint
  • egg carton
  • green marker
  • paint brush



Instructions for shamrock paintings

Dip egg cups into paint to make shamrock paintings

1. Cut three sections
from the egg carton so the three cups remained attached.

  • To make a four-leaf clover, separate a section with 4 egg carton cups instead of 3.

2. Press the egg cup stamp firmly in green paint. Wiggle the egg cups around to coat thoroughly with paint.


Paint a stem on shamrock painting with green paint


3. Press egg carton stamp
onto paper.

4. Wiggle your fingers as you press down to spread the paint around a bit, forming the petals of the shamrock.

5. Complete the shamrock using a marker or paintbrush to draw a stem.


St. Patrick's Pinterest Board.

Decorate your home or classroom with lots of shamrocks to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day!


More shamrock activities from kid-friendly bloggers!

Shamrock Art Project from The Resourceful Mama

Pipe Cleaner Shamrock from Gift of Curiosity

Mosaic Paper Shamrocks from Happiness is Homemade

Shamrock Window Craft from Hands On As We Grow




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