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Shamrock Stone Hunt Game (hidden stone) for St. Patrick's Day by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Four-Leaf Clover Stone Hunt Game for St. Patrick’s Day

By Brenda Ponnay

Here’s a fun game for kids who love Easter egg hunts but can’t wait for Easter. It’s a four-leaf clover stone hunt for St. Patrick’s Day! I know, the name is a bit silly but it’s cool craft and a fun game, so bear with me.

Shamrock Stone Hunt Game (supplies & DIY) for St. Patrick's Day by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Here are the supplies you’ll need to make your Four-Leaf Clover Stones

  • smooth river stones or pebbles (as many as you like)
  • light green, dark green, gold and black acrylic craft paint
  • fine tipped paintbrush
  • toothpick
  • gloss spray varnish (optional)

Shamrock Stone Hunt Game (gold coin DIY) for St. Patrick's Day by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.comDirections to make your Four-Leaf Clover Stones

First, wash and dry your smooth stones. Next apply four green teardrop shapes to the top center of your stone. Connect these four teardrop shapes together in the middle with a thin line of paint. Thicken that line until it looks like a clover or a flower. Then pick the biggest space between the green teardrop petals and add a stem. Let the dark green paint dry.

When the dark green paint is dry,  paint tiny hatch marks around the center of the clover with light green. If your thin tipped paintbrush is too thick try using a toothpick.

Next paint at least one stone with a gold circle. These will be the “treasure stones.” You can paint faces on your gold circles to make them look like coins if you like.

Let all the stones dry. You can play the game now or you can add a coat of clear varnish if you plan to leave your stones outside for a while. They actually look pretty cute in the garden as decorations.

Shamrock Stone Hunt Game for St. Patrick's Day by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.comTo play the game hide the green four-leaf clover stones around the yard in a path pointing towards the gold treasure stones. To make the game harder hide the stones further and further apart. To make the game easier place your stones closer together. If your participants have trouble finding the stones (they might, they do blend in!) you can tell them they are close by saying, “warmer” or “cold” if they are far away or going in the wrong direction. It’s fun. Give it a whirl. Then when all the stones are collected come inside and enjoy a Leprechaun cupcake!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Find more St. Patrick’s Day ideas here!

Brenda Ponnay
About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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