St. Patick's Day is next week, so we've been reading picture books and legends about him. I putzed around online one day to find a craft, then made one up for the kids that blended ideas I'd seen online. There is a story that tells of St. Patrick using a clover to teach about the trinity. Our Trinity Shamrock craft can be seen below in the photos; instructions follow for both preschool and elementary age children.
- Make a heart stencil and trace three together on a page to make a shamrock, adding a free-hand stem.
- Trace the heart three times on separate paper for each child (light green in the pictures above.) Cut them out for children without the scissor skills; let you elementary children cut them out on their own. Then draw a line to create a small triangle at the bottom of each heart to show them where they will put the glue; you want the leaves to be able to fold up to reveal a Bible verse!
- For preschoolers, write FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT, & THE TRINITY on pieces of paper for them to glue onto their shamrocks. Older children can write these words on their own or copy them onto their leaves and paper.
- Choose a Bible verse to "hide" behind each leaf about each member of the Trinity. We used Genesis 1:1, John 14:6 and 14:26. I printed them out in 9pt font and they fit fine behind the leaves.
- Give directions, such as the ones to the right to your reading child(ren) and they will pretty much do it on their own.
- Work together with your preschoolers to guide them through the directions, showing them were to glue the prepared words where your older child(ren) are writing them.
- Display these shamrocks in a place where you can see them regularly. Perhaps you could even memorize the verses you choose over the weeks around St. Patrick's Day!