St. Patrick would use a shamrock to explain the idea of the trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) to the pagans, that God was three persons in one, just as a shamrock has 3 parts but is 1 plant.
One great activity for Saint Patrick's day is to go outside, find a shamrock, and talk about God to your kids! (hopefully your snow has melted already) We were able to do this two days ago when the ground was fairly dry for once.
Inside, we did a shamrock craft in preparation for Saint Patrick's day (which is March 17th this year).
18 months and up
-green food coloring
-shamrock outline traced on a piece of paper
- Combine 3/4 cup of rice in a baggie with 2TBSP of rubbing alcohol and several drops of green food coloring
- Shake and mix together (your child can do this)
- Pour rice onto wax paper or a plate to dry (takes several hours so it's best to do the first part either in the morning or the night before the craft)
- Spread glue all over the shamrock.
- Sprinkle the colored rice over the shamrock where the glue is.
- Dump off the excess and set the project aside to dry.