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St. Patrick's Day/Explaining the Trinity

St. Patrick's Day Activities

Who is St. Patrick?

Thank you to Amy at Traurigs In Training for sharing these ideas. 

Saint Patrick had an adventurous life. He was captured by pirates at the age of 16. After being a slave to the pirates for six years, Patrick decided to follow Jesus. He escaped and decided to become a Monk and later a missionary. Patrick loved Jesus so much that he decided to move to Ireland and teach everyone about Jesus. He used the shamrock, a three-leaf clover (Ireland's national flower), to explain the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. St. Patrick founded 365 churches, baptized over 120,000 people and consecrated 450 bishops. Wow!

Even while being a slave to mean pirates, Patrick knew God was with him. Patrick decided to devote the rest of his life to God and doing what God wanted him to do.  St Patrick knew that Jesus was his forever best friend and wanted others to know Jesus too. 

Jesus is with us all of the time too!  We can be just like St. Patrick and tell others how God loves them and that He will never leave them!

What are some ways that you can be like St Patrick?

ABCJLM Ideas:

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

- Put Green food coloring in milk

- Eat lime green jello

Rainbow Rainbow of Colors - Make a rainbow with fruit loops glued on the rainbow printable.

tissuerainbow 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.  (Thank you, Alisha, for sharing this picture and idea with us.)

- Activities with Gold Coins (Chocolate Ones!)  Thank you to Amy at Traurigs In Training for sharing these ideas. 
      - 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)

- Color By Number Worksheets:
Created with the help of Amy at Traurigs In Training.

Clover Leaf Color by Number1 ColorPrint 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.

Clover Leaf Color by Number2 ColorPrint 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.

Clover Leaf Color by Number3 ColorPrint 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.

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.  Thank you to Amy at Traurigs In Training for sharing this idea and image.

Books, CDs, and Videos:

Days to Remember (Adventures in Odyssey #31) - This volume of Adventures in Odyssey episodes contains the story of St. Patrick. 

The Story of Saint Patrick's Day - A book explaining that importance behind the holiday.

View:  The Story of St. Patrick by VeggieTales

 
Available on these DVD's: Veggie Tales: Lessons from the Sock Drawer and VeggieTales - Sumo Of The Opera

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.

Shamrock 
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. 


Shamrock Cut Shamrock Seek and Find
- Print several copies of the Shamrock Printable.  Cut the shamrock into the three Trinity part (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit) and hide the pieces around the room.  Once the pieces are found, put the shamrock back together and discuss how God is three-in-one.  Thank you to Amy at Traurigs In Training for sharing 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.

Three-in-One
- 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.

- Mix white, yellow, and blue playdough together to make green; three colors to form one color. Thanks to Heather for this idea.

- PretzelTwisty pretzels also have 3 parts to the whole pretzel.  Thanks to Heather for this idea. 

Online Ideas:

Rainbows & Other Crafts at Preschool Playbook - cute ideas
Enchanted Learning Ideas
Shamrock File Folder Games
March Shamrock - crafts, books - entire Lesson Plan around the shamrock