Erin Go Braugh! Luck ‘o the Irish! Always after me Lucky Charms! Sure an’ the St. Paddy’s Day holiday–March 17–has taken on a pot ‘o blarney! That rascally leprechaun has done his bit to turn attention from the real story of Saint Patrick! Green beer, “Kiss me, I’m Irish”even corned beef and boxties have nothing to do with the man behind St. Patricks Day. St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the life of the Catholic saint
Patrick (Patricus) a wealthy young Roman living in Briton, who was kidnapped by pagan Irish slavers. In Ireland, Patrick suffered much but escaped and became a bishop. Saint Patrick asked the Pope to return to Ireland to bring the gospel. Patrick’s mission brought peace and safety to beleaguered Irish and Ireland became the center of learning and culture in the Dark Ages. Ireland instituted the exemplary Brehon court system, a model for legal justice. Here are free printable Saint Patrick lessons to teach the real meaning. Granted some activities do hit the silly aspects of St. Patrick’s Day, but they are at least educational.
Mr. Donn has free printable St. Patrick’s Day lessons featuring stories, word puzzles, word games, social studies, math and units. Alphabet-Soup has free printable St. Patricks Day puzzles, games, reading activities, word search, dot-to-dot and alphabet letter fun. DL-TK offers free printable St. Patrick’s Day crafts, games, puzzles and coloring pages but also addresses the religious stories. Enchanted Learning has free printable St. Patrick’s Day history, geography, culture, math and reading lessons. MES-English has a huge assortment of whimsical St. Patrick’s Day activities and coloring pages–shamrocks, pots of gold, leprechauns, 4-leaf clovers, fairies, Celtic harps, wishing wells, flutes, rainbows, horseshoes. Print puzzles, games, cards, flashcards, stickers, bingo games, snake and ladder games and decorations to print also.
Ed Helper features Saint Patrick lessons for social studies, history, geography, writing, spelling, printable board games, math and science. There are many reading and language arts activities–word sorts, mazes, Sudoku and cryptograms. You’ll find crafts and coloring pages as well.
Lee Hansen has free printable Saint Patrick coloring pages, clipart, fabric transfers for tote bags or tee shirts, Irish recipes, folk traditions, maps, Irish history, music and crafts. For St. Patrick’ Day parties, check out the printable greeting cards, initiations, banners, tableware and more. Kidzpage has free printable St. Patrick’s Day activities, worksheets, puzzles, crafts and games. Play shamrock Sudoku, puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, Mahjong, tetris and more. Plus, parents and teachers, get free printable Saint Patrick themed quizzes and lessons.