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Underneath the St. Patrick’s Day symbols of shamrocks and leprechauns is the true story of a man called by God to share the Gospel with the wild Irish–those same folks who captured him and sold him into slavery. He loved Jesus and the people of Ireland with a zeal seldom seen. This brother in the Lord is worth remembering and celebrating.
Here are some ways to make Saint Patrick’s Day meaningful and fun!
We always start with picture books. This is my favorite picture book about St. Patrick from Voice of the Martyrs. The beautiful story of Patrick’s life is told charmingly with delightful illustrations accompanying.
Purchase The Story of St. Patrick: More Than Shamrocks and Leprechauns at Amazon.
All Gail Gibbons’ books are so accessible to children with delightful illustrations and text that captures their imagination. This is her picture book about Patrick, Apostle to Ireland.
Purchase St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons at Amazon.
Tomi dePaola captures children’s hearts every time. This book on Patrick is no exception.
Purchase Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola at Amazon.
Another sweet book about Saint Patrick with lovely illustrations.
Purchase Saint Patrick by Ann Tompert at Amazon.
Biography of St. Patrick for Children
This book makes a great read aloud or children will enjoy reading it on their own.
Purchase Saint Patrick Pioneer Missionary to Ireland by Michael McHugh at Amazon.
Saint Patrick’s Own Works
Would you like to read Patrick’s own writings? He wrote down his testimony in Latin and you can read the translation and get the story of his life in his own word.
Purchase The Confession of St. Patrick at Amazon.
Cartoons about St. Patrick
I love the Torchlighter series about Christian heroes for children. This Dvd is available on Amazon for your family!
Purchase Torchlighters’ The St. Patrick Story at Amazon.
St. Patrick Documentary for Teens & Adults
Here is a documentary for teens and adults about Saint Patrick.
Video about How People Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Fun little cartoon about how people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Trinity Cross Craft
Saint Patrick loved to use 3-leafed shamrocks to share the Gospel. 1 Shamrock with 3 leaves–1 God in 3 Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Talk to your kids about the Trinity and make this special craft together.
Purchase this Trinity Cross Craft Kit at Amazon
Saint Patrick was a man of prayer. This sweet Saint Patrick’s Day-themed prayer craft will remind children of the heart of prayer behind Saint Patrick’s ministry.
Purchase this Prayer Craft Kit at Amazon.
Get to know a real Christian hero with your children this Saint Patrick’s Day. You can still dress up in green and color four-leaf clovers, but take time out to meet St. Patrick–your kids will love him!
Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!