Ideas for Your Wee Leprechaun

Ideas for Your Wee Leprechaun

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 and the day to celebrate all things Irish: shamrocks, luck, anything green and gold, leprechauns as well as Ireland’s culture and history.

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. It is thought that he died on March 17 in 461 AD.

The Shamrock is one of the most recognized Irish symbols. St. Patrick used it to teach the locals about the Holy Trinity. Today they are associated with luck. It is believed that there are approximately 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover. No wonder they are considered lucky! The legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning. The first leaf is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love, and the fourth for luck.

 

A printable pattern for a four-leaf clover is available at:

http://familycrafts.about.com/od/stpatrickscolor/ss/Four_Leaf_Clover__Pattern.htm

Your little leprechauns can use them as templates or just colour and decorate them.

 

Every child loves to celebrate with a snack made especially for the holiday. You can always make shamrock-shaped rice krispie treats or try this recipe for Clover Cookies by Family Fun Magazine at

http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/clover-cookies-687480/

 

Enjoy the moments with your kids. Take time to learn about other places and cultures. Whether you introduce them to Irish music, Irish dance or Irish food, enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and don’t forget to get your green on!

 

This article was written by Suzanne Tuckett.

 

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