Shamrock Spray Art – St. Patrick’s Day

Creative Arts

2.5–4 years

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This unconventional approach to painting can create magical results. Spray bottle painting is great for developing fine-motor skills and fostering creativity.


  • Spray bottle
  • ½ cup green tempera paint
  • 3 cups of water
  • Large cardboard box
  • Coloured construction paper
  • Plain paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Apron or old clothing

Prepare the canvas

  1. Draw some shamrocks on the coloured construction paper and cut them out.
  2. Space out the shamrocks evenly and tape to a piece of plain paper
  3. Tape the paper with the attached shamrocks, to the inside of a large cardboard box.
  4. Place the box upright at a comfortable position for your child to begin spraying. The box will help to contain the spray and prevent any messy accidents.

Prepare the paint

You can use a household spray bottle for this activity.

SAFETY FIRST – Thoroughly clean and rinse the bottle prior to use.

  1. Fill a spray bottle with paint and water.
  2. Fasten the lid and shake the bottle until the paint and water have mixed.
  3. If the paint is too thick to spray, slowly add more water until you achieve desired consistency.

Start painting

  1. Spray directly onto the canvas and cover each of the shamrocks.
  2. Once complete, leave the paint and paper to dry.
  3. Remove the paper shamrocks to reveal a wondaful clean silhouette.
  4. Place on display for the full family to enjoy.

Increase the fun

Don’t limit the activity to shamrocks, experiment with different outlines. Vary with different paint colour combinations and multiple spray bottles.

At Learning Jungle, we believe all children are capable, confident and full of potential. Co-learning empowers your child to take initiative. Encouraging child participation and engaging in open-ended, thought-provoking conversation throughout play is important for healthy child development.

What are Shamrocks?

A shamrock is a plant with small, green leaves divided into three heart-shaped parts called leaflets. Shamrocks are a symbol of Ireland, especially on Saint Patrick’s Day. In very rare cases, a shamrock has four leaflets instead of three. Based on old tales, finding a shamrock with four leaflets brings you good luck!

Conversations with your child

  • Can you help mix the paint?
  • Try to spray all of the paper
  • Do you know what a shamrock is?
  • Try spraying with your opposite hand
  • What do you think will happen when we remove the shamrocks?

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