St. Patrick's Day Activities

St. Patrick's Day

Growing up, St. Patrick's Day was the holiday to wear green. I didn't realize the amazing opportunity it provides to explain the Trinity and God's promises! Check out the plethora of craft ideas, activities, books, and video links below.

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Who is St. Patrick?

Saint Patrick lived an adventurous life. Captured by pirates at the age of 16, Patrick became their slave. But even in slavery, Patrick knew God was with him and he devote his life to obeying God.  After six years, Patrick escaping captivity and later became a missionary in Ireland, bringing Christianity to the Irish people.  As tradition tells, Patrick used Ireland's national flower, the three-leafed shamrock, to explain the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.   (St. Patrick Life Source)

The following products are available to explain the story to children.

 

 

The Story of Saint Patrick's Day

The Story of Saint Patrick's Day 

A book explaining that importance behind the holiday.

Days to Remember

Radio Drama about St. Patrick

Days to Remember (Adventures in Odyssey #31) or Wooton's Whirled History: A Blend of Bravery (Adventures in Odyssey:  Saint Patrick: A Heart Afire)

Video

Saint Patrick (This Veggie Tales video is available on the 10-Movie Collection, Sumo of the Opera, or Lessons from the Sock Drawer)


St. Patrick Activities and Crafts:

- Do everything green - green clothes, green food, play with a green balloon

- Put Green food coloring in milk

- Eat lime green Jello

Yarn Shamrock

Yarn Shamrock

Print the shamrock on cardstock (two are provided on the printable).  Cut out.  Instruct the child to wind green yarn around the shamrock.  Weave in or tape ends on back.  Add googly eyes and a black yarn mouth.

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Fruit Loop Rainbow Craft

Rainbow of Colors

Make a rainbow with fruit loops glued on the rainbow printable.

Tissue Paper Rainbow Craft

Tissue Paper Rainbow

Make a rainbow by gluing tissue paper on the rainbow printable.

Macaroni Rainbow

Macaroni Rainbow 

Place a few macaroni noodles in a zip-top plastic bag.  Add a couple of drops of vinegar and 4-5 drops of food coloring.  Mix to distribute the color.  Dye more macaroni in separate bags.  Open the top of the bag and let dry.  Using the Rainbow, place a thin layer of glue on the paper.  Add the colored macaroni to create a colorful macaroni rainbow.

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Shamrock Hop

Shamrock Hop

Draw a large shamrock on the cement.  Divide the shamrock into six parts and label each with a number 1-6.  Roll a die and have the child stand on the corresponding number.

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Activities with Gold Coins (Chocolate Ones!)

- Create a trail of golden coins leading to a fun "treasure" (Have the trail lead to a Bible and read Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Hidden Treasure)

- Hide golden coins around the house.

- Use golden coins to teach addition and subtraction or talk about our treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:21)

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Clover Leaf Color by Number1 Color

Color by Number #1

Print the St. Patrick's Day Color by Number Worksheet #1 .  Roll a die and identify the number.  Color the coordinating number.  Cut out when finished.

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Clover Leaf Color by Number2 Color

Color by Number #2

Print the St. Patrick's Day Color by Number Worksheet #2.  Roll a die and identify the number.  Color the coordinating number.  Cut out when finished.

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Clover Leaf Color by Number3 Color

Color by Number #3

Print the St. Patrick's Day Color by Number Worksheet #3.  Roll a die and identify the number.  Color the coordinating number.  Cut out when finished.

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