Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Nearly 12% of Americans report being of Irish descent, but all Americans will be celebrating today! St Patrick's Day is arguably the most-celebrated tradition from across the pond in the United States. St Patrick was a Roman Britain who was kidnapped by Irish raiders and transported to Ireland as a slave. After his escape, he became a priest and was determined to convert the Irish to Christianity. The symbolic 3-leaved clover was believed to have been used by St Patrick to teach the Irish about the Holy Trinity.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day today by making a paper plate shamrock, pot of gold or handprint rainbow. Older children can practice some Irish slang or do a word search. Finish the day by making some Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage and oatmeal cookies!

Image credit: (Sarah Snodgrass)

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