St. Patrick was not Irish! He was a Catholic Bishop from England. When Patrick was just 16 years old, and not even a Christian, he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland. After he escaped, he heard a voice urging him to return to Ireland to serve the people there.
It is said Patrick used the Shamrock ( one version of the clover species) to teach about the Holy Trinity. The three leaves in one symbolize the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in one supreme being. The shamrock is now a symbol of Ireland as well.
Another legend often associated with Patrick is that he drove the snakes out of Ireland. According to my research, that is likely not true, as there were no snakes in Ireland to begin with. If you find evidence to the contrary, please let me know!
Today we honor his Feast day, the day it is believed Patrick died in 461 AD.
His feast day has evolved into quite a celebration of all things green, Leprechaun mischief and Parades. For many years we Built traps – here is an example from 2010.
In 2015, the Leprechaun just came for a Visit
I still decorate with that EASY pot of gold craft my kids made all those years ago. I bet you and the kids could whip one up too. You can see it in the photo at the top of the post next to my letter board!
3 inch clay pot
Black and gold acrylic paint, and foam brushs
Rocks… take a walk and collect them or buy a bag from the dollar tree like this:
floral foam – these are 3 inch balls you can cut easily to fit into the container, but any will do.
finally you will need pipe cleaner in all the colors of the rainbow…
The first thing you want to do is paint. Paint one side of the rocks gold, set them aside to dry, then paint the other side. It may take 2 or 3 coats to get the look you want. Be sure to let the paint dry between each coat.
Next paint your pot black. It may take 2 or 3 coats to get the look you want. Be sure to let the paint dry between each coat. We painted the inside of our pots also. You can’t tell, but it made a difference to me.
On the one in my sample, that child chose to paint the rim of the pot gold. Creativity is always welcome!
To assemble your rainbow, first insert the floral foam into the pot to get the proper size, then you can insert each end of the pipe cleaner to form the rainbow. You can do it inside or outside the pot. After the rainbow is formed, begin adding the gold nuggets (rocks) until you achieve the look you want.
I hope you enjoy your day. If you are looking for an EASY no prep activity here is a printable RAINBOW scavenger hunt. You can easily do this indoors or out or a combination of both!
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