St. Patrick’s Day Unit Study & Book List

March 13, 2023
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The spring season is here, which means it’s time for the spring holidays! While most people don’t forget about fluffy bunnies bringing candy baskets, St. Patrick’s Day sometimes gets lost in the mix. Be sure to take a few minutes to teach your children about St. Patrick’s Day and discover some great activities to go along with what you learn!

Who Was St. Patrick, Anyway?

Although the holiday is primarily considered an Irish one (e.g. “luck ‘o the Irish!”), Patrick himself wasn’t even Irish. Born in AD 387 in Britain, he was later captured by Irish pagans while in his teens and was enslaved for several years. While enslaved, he grew to like Irish culture and traditions. Several years after he was released, he vowed to one day return to Ireland.

Patrick put in long studies at monasteries and was eventually ordained by Pope Celestine I as an apostle to the Irish people. Initially, his time was rough because the pagans didn’t recognize his authority and bucked against his commands of Christianity. Eventually, the “old religion” faded away and Patrick was able to establish the Catholic Church in his area. During his time as an apostle, he ordained and baptized many other priests. Over a 30-year timespan, he managed to convert all of Ireland to the Catholic Church. On March 17, 461, Patrick died of natural causes. To this day, however, he is considered the patron saint of Ireland.  

Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Not surprisingly, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the anniversary of Patrick’s death. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is considered a national holiday and is a time to convene with family and friends for worship and other meaningful activities. In the United States, however, it’s primarily a day to wear green to avoid being pinched and celebrate with all things green (e.g. green milk, green pancakes, green eggs…). The color green is said to symbolize spring and Irish culture.

Interestingly, while St. Patrick’s Day is a day of worship in Ireland and has become a secular holiday in the United States, there is no mention of St. Patrick in the Bible. Still, it has a solid familial meaning to the Irish. This is primarily because St. Patrick was said to have led hundreds of thousands of people to the Christian faith.

Homeschool Activities for St. Patrick’s Day

St Patricks Day Activities for Kids

Now that you have a little background on who St. Patrick was and where the holiday stems from, why not intersperse some activities to go along with what you’ve learned?

St. Patrick’s Day Reading and Games

Gather your family together for some St. Patrick’s Day reading and entertainment!

Are you tired of boring bingo games? How about playing St. Patrick’s Bingo instead?

St. Patrick’s Bean Bag Toss,” “Friendly Feud,” and “Pin the Shamrock on the Leprechaun” are just a few of the many St. Patrick’s Game ideas you can find on Amazon!

20 Books For St. Patrick’s Day