Explaining the Trinity to Children

St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.  Here are other ideas to use when explaining the "Three in One" concept to children. (See more St. Patrick's Day ideas.)

Shamrock Painting Shamrocks
- Place a blob of white, yellow, and blue paint on each leaf of Shamrock Printable.  Mix the colors together to make light green; three colors to form one color.  Can also mix three colors of play dough together. Thanks to Heather for this idea.

Trinity Trinity Song
The "Trinity Song" is one that we sang at Good News Club growing up. Ms. Susan used a large circle to help us sing this song and understand the concept of "Three in One."

Trinity Song (Tune of "Are you Sleeping?")
God the Father, God the Father
God the Son, God the Son
God the Holy Spirit, God the Holy Spirit
Three in One, Three in One.

For this song, I suggest using a large circle made of card-stock or poster-board. Draw three lines to create pie shapes. In one third write "Father." In the next "Son" and "Holy Spirit" in the last. Write the words in a circle pattern. As you sing the song, turn the circle so the correct "word" is on top. (See picture above).  For older child, this song can be sung in a round.  You may want to have separate circles made for each part.


Water - Steam, Liquid, Ice - Three forms but all H20.

Egg - Shell, Yoke, White - Three forms that create an egg.

"God Milk" - Pouring milk (representing the Holy Spirit) into a glass (representing the child) and then added yellow food coloring (God the Father) and blue (God the Son). Stir it up and you have 1 God, but with 3 parts. Thanks to Heather for this idea.

Candy Corn Candy Corn - Color or paint the candy corn using white, orange, and yellow.  Look at the candy corn and discuss the three colors and the Trinity .  Then eat some candy corn as a treat. (Okay this one is a little of a stretch but fun none the less!)

Pretzel Twisty pretzels also have 3 parts to the whole pretzel. Thanks to Heather for this idea.

Apple - peel (God the Father protects us), flesh (Jesus is God in flesh), seeds (the Holy Spirit helps us grow)

3 in 1: A Picture of God uses the example of an apple to explain the Trinity. Thanks to Tonia for sharing this idea.

A three-legged stool demonstrates how each part of the Trinity is important.  Removing one part of the stool will cause it to no longer be a stool.

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