Lucky Kids Homemade Scratch Offs

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Lucky You Scratch Offs

This St. Patrick's Day, surprise the kids with these Lucky You! scratch offs. They're easy to make and you can write in whatever treat you like—keep it simple like an extra long story time or go big with family movie night. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Put on a Magic Show

Enjoy a Popcorn Snack

Make Super Sparkly Fairy Wings

Play a St. Patrick's Day Game

While this scratch off is St. Patrick's Day themed, I could see them working nicely at a birthday party, school carnival, or any time you want to surprise the kids. Can you imagine announcing a trip to Disney World this way?!


What you'll need

  • cardstock
  • packing tape
  • paint (acrylic)
  • dish soap
  • scissors, paint brush, pen
  • low tack tape (painters or washi)
  • optional: small envelopes

How to make it

  1. decorate card

    Cut cardstock into 3 x 4 inch rectangles. Decorate the top half however you like. I doodled, but you can add ribbon, stamps, confetti, glitter—go wild. On the bottom half of the card, draw a small box and write in a special treat. For my kids, I wrote two treats that go together: movie night and popcorn.

  2. apply packing tape

    Now that the card is decorated, take a piece of packing tape and place it over the treat box. You're going to apply paint to it, so try to smooth out any creases. 

  3. tape and paint

    Apply strips of low tack tape around your paint area (on top of the packing tape). Now you're ready to paint. Mix 2 parts paint with 1 part dish soap. Apply one coat and let dry. Note: a dark paint works best.

    Once the paint is dry, carefully remove the low tack tape. You're done! You can hand them out as is or package them in small envelopes. Just don't forget the lucky scratching penny.


    You can find more of Jennifer's playful ideas on her site Classic Play. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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