St Patricks Day History for Kids

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St Patricks Day history for kids doesn’t have to be all about sliding down rainbows and finding buckets of gold.  I’ve always enjoyed teaching my children the real history behind holidays and events.  While it’s nice to include some of the popular stories and legends as well, I’d rather they knew the facts about the holiday first.  This St Patricks Day history for kids post is a little bit of both things.

St. Patrick's Day History for Kids

St Patricks Day History for Kids

  • St. Patrick’s Day is the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland named St. Patrick. Patrick wasn’t born Irish. He was brought to Ireland as a slave after he was kidnapped.  He escaped back to Britain to be with his family. While there, a voice told him to go back to Ireland.  He was ordained as a priest and spent the rest of his life working to bring Christianity to Ireland.
  • St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland and we celebrate it each year on March 17 because this is the day he is rumored to have died.
  • People search for four leaf clovers which are very rare.  Finding one is supposed to be very lucky. A shamrock is actually a three leaf clover like plant.
  • Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).
  • The color of St. Patrick’s Day is green.  Ireland is known for it’s green shades of grass and the shamrock is green as well.
  • Traditionally people eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day although we enjoy it all year.
  • Some people claim that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. However, science has proven that there never were any snakes in Ireland because of the cold climate. It is thought that the word snakes in this legend actually represent driving out the pagan ways when he introduced Christianity.
  • Irish legend says that there is a small Irish fairy called the leprechaun.  He wears pointed shoes, a hat, and a leather apron.  According to the legend, he’s very unfriendly and lives alone in the forest guarding his pots of gold.  The story says that if you find a leprechaun, he will have to tell you where is gold is hidden. If you look away for even one second, the leprechaun will disappear along with all his gold.

Now that you know the facts and legends of St. Patrick’s Day, you can choose what you share in this St Patricks Day history for kids list.   Here are some fun resources to enjoy with your child when you discuss St. Patrick’s Day.

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  1. Elizabeth Rodriguez says
    Wow! What a great post! I'll have to share this info with my kids :) Every year I go to my daughter's school with a pot of gold, gold chocolate coins that is! The kids love it! So nice to hear you got a visit from the Fairy Hobmother. Maybe one day I will get a visit too. :) Have a wonderful day! Elizabeth from One Mom's Moxie
  2. Alison Shaffer says
    Great info on Saint Patrick! My brother's name is Patrick after Saint Patrick. Last year my oldest daughter was in Ireland for the week of Saint Patrick's day. We all have red hair in my family and my own kids have red hair! I do not like snakes!!!! I keep Saint Patrick's card with me!
  3. Alison Shaffer says
    The dryer site has a few brands I am not familiar with but I'm sure they are the best brands out there. My dryer runs a lot with two girls in our house.
  4. We will be doing St. Patrick's day activities at school the next two weeks because it always calls around our Spring Break so we're not in school!
  5. Great facts! Your crafts are so fun, too! I definitely believe in fairies. =)
  6. The leprechaun and the Fairy Hobmother Sound like amazing People and would so Love a visit from both!  Dryers and Gold at the end of the rainbow fascinate me :) :)
  7. We have always played a game with the children on St Patrick's Day. The night before we hid one shoe or maybe and item we know they will be looking for when they wake up. Sort of like hiding eggs. They always look forward to seeing what mischief the fairy's have been up to while they were sleeping. Oh and placing green food coloring in the toilet bowl.
  8. Great post on St. Patrick's Day.  We don't celebrate but I like sharing about different cultures with my children.  Congrats on your visit from the fairy hobmother.  I know that's a great way to start any day.
  9. Well, I really don't believe in leprechauns either, but while running errands one day we did see a rainbow that ended over a bank!  I love the fairy hobmother! He's most certainly welcome to visit me any day! 
  10. Very cute! I love reading about all that history of St. Patrick's Day. Well, I believe in fairies! We actually have one visit our house every St. Patrick's Day. He turns our milk green, spills cereal all over the table and leave forks in bowls to use for cereal...
  11. This is a very good post, I just brought some craft items for the kids since they will be doing crafts for St. Patrick's Day in school. I think I'll like to make a few Printable! You are so crafty! Last year the kids school changed their milk to green...wonder what they will do this year. :0) How cool to get a visit from the Fairy Hobmother, one day I hope he visit me and sprinkle a little fairy love on my blog!
  12. valmg @ From Val's Kitchen says
    I don't believe in leprechauns, but I do believe in good corned beef! I'd love a visit from the Fairy Hobmother.
  13. I love St. Patrick's Day crafts...I wonder how much of this history I could incorporate into the crafts.  :)  Two birds, one stone!  Congrats on the visit from the Fairy needed a pick me up, hopefully that helped a bit!  :)  
  14. This wonderful, just right for my young grandchildren. It's great you got a visit from the Fairy Hobmother, I'd like it if he visited me one day too.
  15. Very informative and interesting article on St. Patrick's Day! I got some cute ideas for my kiddos who range in ages 1 - 11! Thanks for sharing (-:Yay for a visit from the Fairy Hobmother! What a wonderful pick-me-upper!
  16. Gosh I wish they had a US site. I've been hanging laundry in my basement for the last few months because my dryer broke and we haven't been able to buy a new one or find a good used one. Sure could use a leprechaun ;)(I know it is greener and has probably saved us money in electricity but I sure miss the darn thing lol)
  17. I love that you're teaching your children the reason for celebrating each holiday. My mother taught my sister and I about St. Patrick and how he use the shamrock to spread Christianity. I always loved the shamrock even more after learning that. As kids we liked to search our yard for the elusive four leaf clover now I'm in search of the elusive fairy hobmother!
  18. Laurel@ Let's Go on a Picnic! says
    I'm glad the Fairy Hobmother isn't hoarding his pots of gold. He's sounds like a swell guy. The leprechaun sounds like a real scoundrel. Ireland has been on my bucket list. Glad to know there are no snakes.
  19. Mary @raising dick and Jane says
    Im glad you found your fairy and a pot of gold. Tee hee. How fun . thanks for the Interesting info on st pattys day. Did not know that. 
  20. I'm Irish so this holiday is part of my ancestry.  The real story isn't as fun as the snake one :) there are a few different fairy legends in the you never know!
  21. Krystle(Baking Beauty) says
    Very interesting post, I never knew about him supposedly driving the snakes from Ireland!
  22. Heard of that Fairy Hobmother.... hoping he decides to spread that love over to Coupons and Lesson Plans. =)
  23. Thanks for writing about this Ellen! I was just talking with my husband about how to explain St. Patrick's day to my kids because like all holidays, it has a mishmash of ideas. I really like this list!
  24. Liza @ Views From the 'Ville says
    It might not be a pot of gold but you could buy lots of chocolate gold coins for St. Patrick's Day with a $50 Amazon gift card!I love your post, by the way!   My paternal family heritage is Danish so I love anything about that general region of the world.  Your third bullet point is something I'm very familiar with - I remember laying on the lawn on my stomach with my brothers looking for four-leaf clovers for hours during the summer!  Sadly, we never found one (but we did find lots of ladybugs and wild strawberries).
  25. Leanne | The Transplanted Southerner says
    Great ideas! I love the word search for older kids!
  26. Pamela Smith says
    This is great! I teach preschool and always like to teach the kids the real reasons behind the holidays, especially the ones we get the day off for! Thanks for the lesson! I am visiting from What'sCookingLove today.
  27. sybil churchill says
    i am a seventy one year old nan on the 16th march. i live in tasmania australia and enjoy books from amazon   for my crafts such as spinning felting etc and this is the first time i have seensuch good explnations of st patrick day thank you
  28. Happy St. Patrick's Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen
  29. These are some of the same facts I am teaching my daughter next month for out St. Patrick's Day lasson plan! So cool learning the history of holidays. 
  30. Wow! What a great post! My bf is from Ireland. Thank you for sharing the history bout St Patricks Day
  31. I love Corn beef and cabbage, its one of my favorite foods and I am not irish! I would love to visit Ireland, its on my bucket list. Maria


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