I’ve been trying really hard to make sure we aren’t letting holidays pass us by without celebrating what they are truly about! And this includes Saint Patrick’s Day! It isn’t just a day for wearing green so you don’t get pinched.
Saint Patrick is most famous for explaining the trinity with the Irish clover. Three parts of a clover make one whole. To make the clover you will basically be cutting out three hearts that are connected. Fold the paper as below:
Then cut a heart as you normally would. Be sure to cut deep but keep them connected. Unfold and then fold the leaves in so that it makes more of a circle – so you don’t have a straight edge on the bottom.
In the middle I used an extra picture of my daughter. For a little more contrast I layered three hearts and added a smaller clover, then the picture of her little face.
We’ve talked to our children about The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. My daughter actually brought it up on the way to preschool when she was three. It is amazing how the child-like faith understands things we sometimes have a hard time with. It was also good to also discuss how They are always with us and surround each of us with Their love.
1 John 4:16 (ESV)
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
On each leaf we wrote, “Jesus the Son”, “God the Father” and “The Holy Spirit, in me”. On the stick/stem we wrote, “Surrounded by Love”. These make a cute bouquet when you do one for each member of the family. And a little better than a green horseshoe!
You can see a bunch of other Saint Patrick’s Day crafts and history on my Pinterest Board.
Do you talk with your children about Saint Patrick’s Day being more than a leprechaun celebration?