Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Symbols

Today, we made cute St. Patrick's Day cards using this symbols printable from First School. As we worked, we went through each of the symbols and I got to share some of the history of St. Patrick's Day with the kids.  I was able to find out lots of interesting information on St. Patrick's Day from the book Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs by Edna Barth, which I checked out from the library.

The Flag of Ireland - The green stands for the Gaelic and Catholic majority in Ireland and the orange stands for the Protestants. The white is a symbol of the wish for peach between the two groups.

Rainbows - These are seen as symbols of luck. If you're lucky enough to make it to the end of the rainbow, you may find the leprechaun's pot-of-gold.

Shamrocks - these little green plants are the symbols of St. Patrick and Ireland. Some say that St. Patrick used the shamrock with it's three leaves as a symbol of the Trinity.

Leprechauns - It is said that these tiny shoemakers are mean and spiteful. They work day and night mending the shoes of other Irish fairies. If you capture one and keep your eye on him, he can't vanish and may even tell you where his pot-of-gold is. Leprechauns, though, are very tricky, and will always manage to get away without paying.

I'm sure that most of the little ones won't remember the stories behind each of the symbols, but they did learn some new words (Leprechaun, shamrock, Ireland) and they got to review some colors :)

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