Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with the fun activities below. I am the mother of a twelve-year-old girl, and we started creating and trying these ideas when she was three.
Save a Wolf with St. Patrick
Read about a boy in ancient Ireland who tries to care for an orphaned wolf pup while searching for a shield that's strong enough to protect everything--and everyone--he loves.
"Difficult to put down...Animal lovers would certainly enjoy the challenges of what to do with a baby wolf."-- Rita Irwin, Ohio teacher
Available now from Pauline Books and Media and on Amazon.
Sometimes it's hard to know how to pray. Let the simple shape of the humble shamrock help guide you and your children. A visiting priest at our church gave me the core of this idea, and I've adapted it a little bit for kids. Here are the steps:
1) Cut three separate hearts out of green paper for the shamrock leaves.
2) On the first heart or leaf, ask your child to write an "I'm sorry for..." prayer.
3) On the second heart or leaf, ask your child to write an "I'm thankful for..." prayer.
4) On the last leaf, guide your child in writing a prayer about what he or she may need from Jesus. This prayer may help someone else. Explain that Jesus may not always answer in the way we expect.
5) If you wish, cut out a small stem.
6) Glue the prayer shamrock together. You can always keep it folded if the prayers are private.
Try this fun and easy shamrock bread recipe from Pillsbury. I couldn't find breadsticks, so I used french bread dough instead. I rolled it out and cut it into strips.
The first photo resulted from really following the recipe. The second photo shows when my daughter got involved with a sugar shaker when she was three-years-old. That one wasn't so edible, but still fun!
If you are lucky enough to live close to redwood forests, like Muir Woods near San Francisco, visit to view the trees-- but also, look low like a Leprechaun would. At the roots of trees, search for redwood sorrel. These tiny plants are in a clover shape. But they have some surprises. They close up quickly in sunlight, and underneath they're purple.
Find out more about redwood sorrel plants on my wildlife viewing page.
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