This morning we had the opportunity to lead on of our small homeschool co-op groups in a lesson about St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a younger group so we kept it pretty simple.
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We started with a discuss of what St. Patrick’s Day is about. How it’s celebrated for St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, but we also use it as a time to celebrate Ireland and Irish culture. I took in a blow-up globe and had the kids find our home in Florida as well as Ireland. We talked about how Ireland is an island and you can only get there by boat or plane (or submarine as one eager guy pointed out!)
Then my 8 year old, Honeybun, read (affiliate links) St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet by Beverly Vidrine and illustrated by Patrick Soper which shares a lot about Irish culture and traditions as well as St. Patrick.
After reading the book, we talked about what it was like living in Ireland (Honeybun only remembered that it rains a lot) and we made Tri-Color Shamrock crafts fashioned after the Irish flag which are so cute and super easy, we had many toddlers participating and 3 year old Doodle did most of the work on his own.
What you need to make the Tri-Color Shamrock craft:
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- 1 piece each orange, green and white construction paper or cardstock
- St. Patrick’s Day stickers
How to make the Tri-Color Shamrock craft:
- Fold the three pieces of paper in half and nest together.
- Draw a half-heart on the fold of the outside piece of paper.
- Cut all three sheets along the heart outline.
- Glue the three hearts together at the bottom points with green on the left, white in the middle and orange on the right.
- Cut a small piece of the extra green paper and glue at the heart points for a stem.
- Decorate with stickers.