We invited some homeschooling friends for a morning of St. Patrick’s Day activities. We had 20 children at our house (what’s that about socialization?), and following the “Unit Study in a Day” format I described recently in Mater et Magistra magazine, we had various stations on our theme.
The first order of business, frankly, was to get all of the big boys outside. They played Rounders, a game somewhere between cricket and baseball, which the Irish brought to America and may have
been the foundation of our national pastime. As it happened, the boys were so happy with their game that they did not come in again until snack time, which allowed us to focus on the younger children for the craft time.
We had two craft stations: jewelry making and painting.
For the jewelry, the older girls made felt shamrock barrettes following this model, except that we added a stem instead of the fourth leaf so that they would be Holy Trinity shamrocks and not lucky clovers. The preschool age children make necklaces using green painted ziti and green pony beads.
For the painting, we used q-tips to paint a rainbow and then glued on some crinkled tissue paper gold and a pot