Recently, I bought a bag of milkshake straws and since I’m a kid blogger, I had no intention of using them for milkshakes. I love milkshake straws because they are wider than normal straws and very sturdy. I wondered if we could paint with them. Since they had a large circle opening I thought they would make a cool print if dipped in paint. We tried this St. Patrick’s Day Straw Art Activity and I think the results are so eye catching. Even more important, the kids had fun in the process and had their own take on creating straw art. Don’t miss our 20 St. Patrick’s Day Fine Motor Activities.
You will need:
- Large milkshake straw
- Green paint
- Small cup for paint
- Shamrock printable (free printable here)
- 12×18 sheet of green construction paper
I drew a shamrock on a piece of paper and you can download that free printable here. Pour some green paint into a small cup. Your child will dip the straw into the green paint and stamp it onto the shamrock to make a small circle. Getting the straw to make a circle with the paint will take some practice. We had some fun practicing our straw stamping on a sheet of scrap paper.
My daughter tried to fill as much of the shamrock as she could with small green circles. Kids can stamp outside the shamrock as well since the shamrocks will be cut out.
When my daughters were done stamping circles, they asked for another shamrock that they could paint. I offered them a brush, but they insisted on painting with the straw. I love that they discovered a new way to paint that I hadn’t thought of!
When the paint dried, I cut out the shamrocks and glued them on some green construction paper. They now hang proudly in our kitchen, providing us with some luck o’ the Irish!
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