RAINBOWS AND 4-LEAF CLOVERS
One of the greatest springtime activities is searching through clover patches trying to find one with four leaves…a lucky clover. Another is looking up into the sky after a rain shower and spotting a rainbow. This craft combines both of the greatest springtime activities.
If you make this craft on St. Patrick’s Day, you can put a surprise in each box while your students are out of the room. Something gold would be fun…a Rolo, gold coin, or a gold star sticker.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY…
IRISH LEGEND AND LORE
· Ireland is an island made up of 32 countries.
· Ireland is located next to the United Kingdom in the British Isles. Northern Ireland (1/6 of the country) is part of the United Kingdom.
· The capital of Ireland is Dublin.
· The shamrock and the harp are the national symbols of Ireland.
· Ireland Is called the Emerald Isle because it is a land of lush green fields.
· Ireland is a nation of storytellers. Many famous writers come from Ireland: Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, James Joyce.
· The Irish love nature and animals. They were the first country to ban plastic shopping bags and smoking in public places.
· Irish or Gaelic is the official language, but English is more commonly spoken.
· The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in the United States.
· Halloween began in Ireland as a Celtic festival called Samhain; a harvest festival that celebrated the end of summer.
· Some Irish families celebrate children’s birthdays by turning the birthday child upside down by their feet and gently tapping their head on the ground for their age plus one.
· Hurling is a sport played in Ireland since ancient times. The Irish excel in boxing at the Olympics.