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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Saint Patricks Day Activities

Homegrown Catholics - St Patricks Day Activities
I am having so much fun searching for ideas for our Saint Patrick's Day Celebration in March. I'm sure many of you have already thought of the typical dress in green, eat Lucky Charms and read a book, BUT take a minute and see if any of these ideas inspire you to make it a day of faith filled learning and fun like never before! These are my plans for our homeschool group's few hour session and for our family.

*Link to my Pinterest Board: Spring & St Patrick Activities

GATHERING
Consider having Celtic music in the background. A specific song you might have is "Christ Before Me" by Margaret Becker.


OPENING PRAYER:
May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
- Against the snares of the evil one.
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.


*St. Patrick's Prayers make for great Copywork!

STORY 
*Choose a Book about St. Patrick and/or Irish Saints from your collection or local library.
Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie DePaola
The Story of St. Patrick by James A Janda
The Story of Saint Patrick's Day by Patricia A Pingry
The Life of St. Brigid, Abbess of Kildare by Jane G Meyer
Brigid's Cloak: An Ancient Irish Story by Bryce Milligan

CELEBRATING IRELAND

Making Lapbooks
St Patrick and Ireland Lapbooks - Homegrown CatholicsSt Patrick and Ireland Lapbooks - Homegrown Catholics

St Patrick and Ireland Lapbooks - Homegrown CatholicsSt Patrick and Ireland Lapbooks - Homegrown Catholics
 
St Patrick and Ireland Lapbooks - Homegrown CatholicsSt Patrick and Ireland Lapbooks - Homegrown Catholics
 

St Patrick and Ireland Lapbooks - Homegrown CatholicsSt Patrick and Ireland Lapbooks - Homegrown Catholics

The Homeschool Post: Irish resources  for lapbooks and other activities!
Teacher's Resources about Ireland

****DONT FORGET A GROUP PHOTO!****
Saint Patricks Day


St Patricks Day - Homegrown Catholics


GAMES
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Cleaning Treasure Hunt @ Home: Hide gold coins amongst the messes in your home. Ask your kids to find the coins by cleaning up, and trade in their coins for a special treat! We used plastic gold coins. Chocolate coin treat in snack suggestions would work for this!
Pin the Shamrock
Pin the Shamrock on St. Patrick - from Under Her Starry Mantle Blog
March Saints and Feast Days Word Search - from CatholicPrintablesOnline.com
Saint Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt - from My Very Educated Mother

CRAFTS


Shamrock and Rainbow Bookmark w plastic canvas and yarn - by me!
Shamrock Magnet w  plastic canvas & yarn
Shamrock Pin w plastic canvas & yarn
Irish Cross w plastic canvas & yarn
Shamrock Coaster, crocheted
Catholic Icing - Shamrock Lacing
Shamrock Lacing - from Catholic Icing
Felt Saint Patrick Doll - inspiration from Saintly Silver
Holy Trinity Puzzle - from Homegrown Catholics
Saint Patrick Puppet - from Catholic Icing
Color Saint Patrick - from Wee Little Miracles

SNACKS/MEAL
Saint Patrick's Gold Coins - from Catholic Cuisine
Gold Coins
Irish Kisses (also a matching activity - from Studio DIY)
Irish Kisses
Gummy Snakes (or Edible Mud w gummy worms)
Gummy Snakes
Rainbow Gelatin - from The Michalek Kitchen
Rainbow Ribbon Jell-O Salad
Shamrock Cucumber Sandwiches - from Will Cook for Smiles
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches - Shamrocks
Cucumber Slices -Shamrock Platter with dip - from Brit+Co
ALSO CONSIDER: Irish Soda Bread, Corned Beef & Cabbage (on Rye), Irish (Lamb) Stew, Bangers and Mash, Shepherds Pie, Frozen Green Grapes, Avocado or Pistachio Pudding, Spinach & Artichoke Dip w chips veggies or bread, or a Green Smoothie!

OPTIONAL MOVIES
*Irish Catholic Movies @ Catholic Video.com
St. Patrick the Irish Legend
Patrick - Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle
The Secret of the Kells
Veggie Tales: Story of Saint Patrick
The History of Saint Patrick - A Short Story
The Secret of Roan Inish

MORE
The Feast of St. Brigid is Feb 1st, but she is the Patroness of Ireland, my Confirmation saint and our homeschool saint, so I encourage you to learn more about her as well! [St. Brigid's Academy Blog = now Homegrown Catholics]
OLD POST: 2013 St. Patrick and the Holy Trinity
OLD POST: 2011 Happy St. Patrick's Day @ Homegrown Catholics

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