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Paper Tube Shamrock Prints

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. 

Looking for more homeschool or craft ideas? Check out these link parties: Link and Learn, Made by Little Hands, Montessori Monday, Hip Homeschool Hop, For the Kids Fridays, and Show and Share Saturday.

Comments

  1. Those are cute! I've seen the hearts done, but I love that you taped them together to form the shamrock -- so much easier for little ones than to tell them to put the hearts next to each other!

    Stopping in from Delicate Construction's linky!

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  2. We love to print with TP rolls but I never thought of taping them together -- such a clever trick = love it! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing with me!

    Warmly,
    Pink and Green Mama
    MaryLea

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  3. How cute! What a fun little project :)

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