Saint Patrick’s Day has become a celebration of all things Irish.
St. Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2012) brings to mind images of lucky four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, rainbows, and hidden pots of gold. What was once a religious holiday has become a celebration of all things Irish. It’s traditional to wear green and decorate with shamrocks.
Below are some educational fun facts, printable coloring pages, crafts, and activities for celebrating St. Patrick, Irish folklore, and Irish ancestry and history.
St. Patrick’s Day Crafts and Decor
- Make an Irish Luck Box. Paint a small wooden box green, decorate it with shamrocks, etc., and add one gold coin for luck.
- Hold a scavenger hunt for chocolate gold coins.
- Make a tissue paper rainbow.
- Make a decorative potted shamrock plant. Paint a pot green and gold. Plant clover, or specifically shamrock, a three-leafed white clover.
- Make paper craft shamrock charactersor shamrock stick puppets.
- Wear green clothing and accessories and eat green food, naturally green or created such as shamrock cookies.
St. Patrick, Druids, and the Shamrock
As the story goes, St. Patrick (c. AD 387–461) — originally Maewyn Succat, a heathen slave turned Christian bishop in Ireland — used the three-leafed shamrock to illustrate the Christian trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
St. Patrick used symbols of Irish spiritual traditions — the shamrock as triad, the sun-bearing Celtic cross — to smooth the conversion of Irish to Christianity.
St. Patrick’s Day Lapbooks, Printable Activities and Coloring Pages
- 8 free St. Patrick’s Day printables– cards, coloring pages, graphics, bookmarks, poems.
- Patrick’s Day lapbook– St. Patrick’s Day history, who is St. Patrick, legends and customs, celebrations, map of Ireland. If you need help, see how to assemble a lapbook.
- More St. Patrick’s Day lapbook materials, printables, and resources.
- Shamrock maze (gif)– find your way through the shamrock-shaped maze.
- Rainbow mobile (gif)– rainbows with hanging shamrocks or coins.
- Leprechaun paper doll (jpg)– parts for cut out and assembly.
- Draw the leprechaun face (gif)– a leprechaun with a fill-in blank face.
- Celtic cross (png)– St. Patrick’s sun superimposed upon the Christian cross.
- Saint Patrick’s Day frame (png)– a page border for drawing or writing.
- Order of St. Patrick insignia (gif)– a British order of chivalry associated with St. Patrick as patron saint.
Anything having to do with the color green, clover and shamrocks, or Irish folklore or history is fit to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Wear green, make green things, explore Irish legends and customs, and have fun.