Shamrocks & St.Patrick's Day

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The Feast of Saint Patrick, which falls on March 17 every year, isn’t really an occasion which is celebrated at our place. However, this year I decided to scour the internet for an easy yet fun craft for my little ones, just to mark the occasion and to let them know the significance of St. Patrick’s Day. And what would be better than shamrocks to commemorate the occasion? Luckily, I chanced upon the ideal craft activity, as described below.

Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to visually illustrate the concept of the Trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – which helped those who did not belong to Christianity to understand a fundamental element of the religion.

My three year old simply loves to get his hands (and everything else!) messy. Taking advantage of the situation, I decided he could make something which would be nothing less than a keepsake for his grandparents, as well as be a St. Patrick’s Day craft. Dipping his palms in green paint, I printed four green handprints of his in a circle, with the palms facing outwards and the fingers together. These four handprints served as the four leaves of a clover (I roughly traced out the outlines of the four leaves with a felt pen). An additional line at the bottom with a fingerprint completed our clover picture.

Needless to say, his grandparents loved it and immediately put it up on their kitchen soft board. They said it brightens their day :)


I am an assistant teacher and my aim is to curate unique learning tips and techniques customized towards kids.

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