Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The shamrock is the universal symbol of St. Patrick’s Day.  In fact, shamrocks are Ireland’s most recognizable symbol.  Here are a few fun tidbits about shamrocks. . .

  • St. Patrick used them to explain the trinity concept – The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, 3 entities, but all joined as one just like the 3 leaves joined by a stem.
  • “Shamrock” means little clover.
  • Irish brides often stick one in their bouquet for good luck (and sometimes in the groom’s boutonniere too).
  • Wearing shamrocks is a tradition tat goes all the way back as far as the 1700’s.
  • People in Ireland have eaten them during famines.
  • There are many species of clover, and it’s unclear which was actually first given the nickname “shamrock.”
  • The 4th leaf on a four leaf clover is typically smaller than the other 3 leaves.
  • The leaves have symbolism.  The first leaf is for HOPE, the 2nd for FAITH, the 3rd for LOVE, and the 4th for LUCK!
  • The odds of finding a 4 leaf clover are 10,000 to 1!

Shamrock Table Runner Craft

This is the shamrock table runner my kiddos made in honor of the holiday.  If you look closely you may find some 4 leaf clovers mixed in there.

shamrock-table-runner

All you need to do is cut out clovers (some 3 and some 4 leaves) out of a variety of green patterned paper.  Tape 3 sheets of green 12″ x 12″ paper together.  Use a glue stick to attach the shamrocks on in every direction, collage-style.  You can laminate it if you’d like.  This makes cute place mats too if you’d prefer those instead of a table runner.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

More From Layers of Learning

Here are a few more St. Patrick’s Day and spring crafts from Layers of Learning.

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