As St. Patrick’s Day nears, you might be wondering exactly what a shamrock is and how it differs from a clover. Often this time of year the two are used interchangeably, but technically a shamrock has three leaves while a clover could have three, but is usually shown as the lucky four-leaf clover.
There are some of both in this roundup of shamrock crafts and coloring pages, so you can talk about the differences or just download and use whatever kind you like.
If you want to go your own way and just need some templates, The Artisan Life has collections of both four-leaf clover and shamrock templates. Some of these you can just print out and color or trace to use in your projects, but some are large enough that the template only shows half the design so you need to trace it on a folded piece of paper to get the full effect.
Art with Jenny K has a great collection of shamrock art project ideas, many of which are downloadable from her Teachers Pay Teachers site. There is a freebie for a pop art shamrock if you’re looking for free resources, too.
Balancing Home has a pretty zentangle-looking shamrock coloring page that is great for adults or older kids to color. You could even try a challenge that each section has to be a different shade of green, or you can’t use the same color on two sections that touch.
How about some cute shamrock bookmarks? These printables from Carla Schauer are so sweet for kids to print and color to give to parents or use in the books at school.
If you’re looking for something a little craftier, Messy Little Monster has a great roundup of shamrock crafts for kids including slime, printing with peppers and the pretty bubble wrap shamrocks shown above.