Magic Shamrocks for Kids

FUN KID PROJECT:  Make magic shamrocks with treasures hidden inside.  Getting the treasure out is all the fun!  #magicshamrocks #stpatricksdaycrafts #kidscrafts #playrecipes
Kids of all ages are sure to love this next activity!
Today, we made magic shamrocks with treasures hidden inside, and getting the treasures out was all the fun!  Read on for the full tutorial!
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make magic shamrocks with treasures hidden inside.  Getting the treasure out is all the fun!  #magicshamrocks #stpatricksdaycrafts #kidscrafts #playrecipes
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Magic Shamrocks

Materials
Method
  • Begin by pouring the desired amount of baking soda into a bowl.  One large box will yield roughly twelve shamrocks. 
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make magic shamrocks with treasures hidden inside.  Getting the treasure out is all the fun!  #magicshamrocks #stpatricksdaycrafts #kidscrafts #playrecipes
  • Add several drops of green food coloring if color is desired.  The, slowly begin adding water and mixing, slowly adding more water and mixing until the desired consistency is reached and all ingredients are combined.
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make magic shamrocks with treasures hidden inside.  Getting the treasure out is all the fun!  #magicshamrocks #stpatricksdaycrafts #kidscrafts #playrecipes
  • You want the dough to be slightly damp and mold-able but not too wet.
  • If you accidentally add too much water, that's ok! Just add a touch more baking soda.  I used one large box of baking soda and roughly 1/4 cup of water, and that gave us the desired consistency. 
Forming the Rocks
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make magic shamrocks with treasures hidden inside.  Getting the treasure out is all the fun!  #magicshamrocks #stpatricksdaycrafts #kidscrafts #playrecipes
  • Fill the shamrock slots roughly half way with the baking soda mixture, add treasures, and then fill the slots the rest of the way and pack tightly.  
  • Allow the rocks 24-48 hours to dry.
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make magic shamrocks with treasures hidden inside.  Getting the treasure out is all the fun!  #magicshamrocks #stpatricksdaycrafts #kidscrafts #playrecipes
  • Once dry carefully remove the shamrocks from the tray, and the fun can begin!
MAGIC Shamrocks with treasures hidden inside- getting the treasures out is all the fun!

Magic Shamrock Play

There are all sorts of fun ways that kids can play with these amazing rocks!  I hid ours around the yard so that my kids could hunt for magic shamrocks!  Once all of the rocks were found it was time to get the treasures out.

I set my girls up with containers of colored vinegar and pipettes, and they had a blast using the vinegar to free the treasures!  
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make magic shamrocks with treasures hidden inside.  Getting the treasure out is all the fun!  #magicshamrocks #stpatricksdaycrafts #kidscrafts #playrecipes
As my girls dropped the vinegar onto the rocks the rocks bubbled, fizzed, and exploded with color!
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make magic shamrocks with treasures hidden inside.  Getting the treasure out is all the fun!  #magicshamrocks #stpatricksdaycrafts #kidscrafts #playrecipes
Once the rocks started to break apart Rosie and Jewel tossed the rock pieces into the colored vinegar to completely free the treasures.  This caused BIG bubbling eruptions which they thought was SO cool!
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make magic shamrocks with treasures hidden inside.  Getting the treasure out is all the fun!  #magicshamrocks #stpatricksdaycrafts #kidscrafts #playrecipes

...and at the end of the rainbow.... the treasure!
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make magic shamrocks with treasures hidden inside.  Getting the treasure out is all the fun!  #magicshamrocks #stpatricksdaycrafts #kidscrafts #playrecipes

FUN KID PROJECT:  Make magic shamrocks with treasures hidden inside.  Getting the treasure out is all the fun!  #magicshamrocks #stpatricksdaycrafts #kidscrafts #playrecipes
Rosie and Jewel had so much fun with this simple activity.  These magic shamrocks would make great favors for a St. Patrick's day party, too!
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