As Saint Patrick's Day approaches we've been talking a great deal about the legends that surround his life. One such legend is that he used a shamrock to explain the Trinity: "Even the plants of the field tell about God. The shamrock has three leaves but only one stem. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not three gods, but One God."* To reinforce the three parts of the shamrock, we made paper tube shamrock prints.
Our Supplies: paper tube, construction paper, tape, scissors, paint brush, green paint,
Step 1: cut three same size sections from the paper tube
Step 2: fold paper tube section in to "hearts" (shamrock leaves)
|previously we've used just one of these to make valentine cards|
Step 3: tape tubes together into shamrock shape. making sure the bottoms of the tubes all line up.
Step 4: dip tubes in paint then press on paper
Step 5: use a paint brush to add stems to your shamrocks
|our shamrock prints|
If you are looking for a child-friendly Saint Patrick biography I highly recommend Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola. If gives a factual recording of his life and summarizes a few popular legends.
*while i did find this quote on internet, i do think it was original to Saint Patrick as this legend was not first recorded until many years after his death.