In my opinion, there’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a scavenger hunt! Whether it’s the puzzle in a Highlights magazine or an Easter egg hunt, I love a good seek and find game. Add to it the chance to get crafty with the kids and you have got a perfect afternoon activity.
This particular project requires a bit of dry time so be sure to get your gold pieces and pots made a few days before St. Patrick’s Day.
You’ll also need the following:
rocks (grab a bag of the white or clear ones from the dollar store)
cardboard egg carton
gold and black paint
To start off coat the rocks in a layer of gold paint. Be sure to flip them over and get both sides as well as all the edges. Be forewarned, you’ll probably get lots of paint on your fingers.
While the paint is still wet – on one side – sprinkle on the glitter.
Continuing to work with the wet paint and glitter, muddle them together with the brush just enough to create a textured effect. This also helped to make the rocks look more realistic, the little bits of the glitter coming through will shine when the light hits them!
The pots are just as easy to paint, and yes, you’re libel to get paint on your fingers with this one too! Cut out the individual egg forms from your carton and give them a coat of black paint both inside and out.
Give everything ample time to dry and then fill your pots with gold!
That was the make portion of this project, now it’s time to turn what you’ve made into a game.
When the kids are in bed, or at school, hide the gold in a specific room. If the weather is nice you could take this game outside or if your kids are older go ahead and hide the pieces throughout the house.
Leave the empty pot somewhere they can find it along with a note that reads:
“Those pesky pixies are at it again! They have taken me gold and hidden it throughout the house/kitchen/yard.
I’d be much obliged if ye would help me find it and I’ll show ye my gratitude with a small reward.”
Whether, and what, you offer as a reward is completely up to you!