Saint Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday steeped in shamrocks, rainbows and pots of gold. You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate this event. Just grab some green garb and put on a festive spirit! As you do, here are a few activities to get your celebration started.
SHIMMERY SHAMROCK CARD
- Heart-shaped stencil
- Green and white construction paper
- Green glitter
Use stencil, pencil and green paper to create three hearts. Cut out.
Fold white construction paper in half to make a card.
On the front side of the card, glue hearts in a cluster with the bottom ends of the hearts overlapping to create a shamrock. Cut out a stem from the remaining green paper and glue in place.
Use a paintbrush to spread glue over the shamrock leaves and stem. Sprinkle with green glitter and shake off excess. Let dry.
Write “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” on the front cover with a marker. Open the card and write your own festive greeting, or include this one: “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”
RAINBOW IN THE WIND
- White or green posterboard (cut to 10- x 22-inches)
- Paper streamers (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
- Hole punch
Write the following Irish wish across the long side of the posterboard:
Decorate around the poem with markers.
Roll the posterboard lengthwise into a loose roll. Staple at the top and bottom to create the windsock base.
Measure and cut streamers to be two-feet long.
Tape the streamers on the inside of the windsock in the order they appear in the rainbow.
Around the top of the windsock, punch two holes, string a ribbon through and tie it off.
Find an open place where you can run with your windsock and watch the colors flutter in the breeze.
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden, happy hours
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too.
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
POT O’ GOLD
- Styrofoam bowl
- Acrylic paint (green)
- Chenille sticks/pipe cleaners (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple)
- Gold-wrapped chocolate coins
Paint bowl with green paint. Let dry.
Repeat step 1 for a second coat. Let dry.
To make a handle, gather chenille sticks and push them through one portion of the upper edge of the bowl.
Twist the chenille stick ends you pushed through to create a knot and secure in place.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 directly across from it, forming the chenille sticks into an arc shape that creates a handle.
Fill the bowl with chocolate coins.
LUCKY SHAMROCK SNACKS
- Baking pan (10- x 13-inch)
- Waxed paper
- Large pan
- 1 cup of peanut butter chips
- 1 cup of vanilla chips
- 1/2 cup of light corn syrup
- 3 tablespoons of margarine or butter
- 7 cups of Lucky Charms cereal
- Shamrock cookie cutter
Line pan with buttered waxed paper.
Heat peanut butter chips, vanilla chips, corn syrup and margarine in a pan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted. Remove from heat.
Stir in the cereal until evenly coated. Press in pan. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes or until slightly firm.
Use a cookie cutter to shape into shamrocks. Lift shapes from the pan and roll leftover cereal mixture into 1 ½-inch balls.
Saint Patrick’s Day was named after the patron priest from Ireland. But just who was he? Born in Great Britain to a wealthy family, Patrick was kidnapped at age 16 by a band of pirates, who sold him into slavery in Ireland. As a slave, he was given the task to work as a shepherd and, grieving his plight, sought refuge in religion. Six years later when he escaped slavery and fled to France, he joined a monastery and became a priest. One night he had a dream the Irish needed his message of hope. So he left his life of recluse and traveled back to Ireland. For the next 30 years, St. Patrick devoted himself to starting more than 300 monasteries and churches before he died on March 17, the day we honor his life.
- “Jack and the Leprechaun” by Ivan Robertson
- “Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale” by Tomie dePaola
- “The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story about St. Patrick” by Sheila Macgill-Callahan
- “Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of the St. Patrick’s Day Symbols” by Edna Barth
- “That’s What Leprechauns Do” by Eve Bunting
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day – See a Parade!
Washington, D.C. Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
March 11, 2018. Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Alexandria Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
March 3, 2018
Gaithersburg Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
March 10, 2018
Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 10, 2018, 11 a.m.