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Saint Patrick’s Day Yarn Rainbow and Pot of Gold

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 by in Holiday DIY | 5 comments

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Are you looking for a fun St. Patrick’s Day activity to do with your kiddos? If so, you are in luck ;). I wanted to come up with a fun and creative way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day that steered away from leprechauns. I found a great Pinterest activity originally posted on www.ohhappyday.com and used it as my launching pad for turning a traditional treasure hunt into an exciting, creative, and educational afternoon of pure fun!

Do your kids know the real story of St. Patrick? Do you know the story? I needed a refresher, so I turned to Catholic Online for a quick biography on St. Patrick. After reading about his life, I wanted to create a fun way for parents to teach their kids about St. Patrick through pictures on gold coins. At the end of the yarn rainbow they will find a pot of gold picture coins and glittery shamrocks.

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SUPPLIES:

Green Cauldron ($3.99, Party City)
Rainbow Yarn ($1.99 each, Michael’s)
Green Shamrocks ($2.00 per pack, Michael’s)
Wooden Circles ($.29 each, Michael’s)
Folk Art Metallic Acrylic Paint ($2.99, Michael’s)
Folk Art Extreme Glitter Acrylic Paint ($2.99, Michael’s)
Americana Navy Blue Acrylic Paint ($1.99, Michael’s)
Craft Smart Hunter Green Acrylic Paint ($1.00, Michael’s)
Craft Smart White Acrylic Paint ($1.00, Michael’s)
3 Wide Paint Brushes ($.49 each, Michael’s)

Start by painting the wood circles with a base coat of Folk Art Metallic Paint. You will need a second coat to create a gold coin appearance.
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Next, decide on what pictures you are going to paint on the gold coins to symbolize St. Patrick, his life, and his ministry. Here are a few of the designs I came up with. Paint the images and let dry. After they are dry, paint a thin coat of Folk Art Extreme Glitter Paint to add the shimmering gold allusion.
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To better understand why I chose the following pictures to symbolize the life and ministry of St. Patrick, click on Catholic Online.

Scotland’s National Flag- St. Patrick was born in Scotland.
Boat- He was captured and brought to Ireland as a slave.
Staff and Sheep- St. Patrick herds and tends sheep.
Mountains at Dawn- Place of prayer.
Cliff and Boat- God shows St. Patrick a way to escape.
Footprints on Ireland’s National Flag- Ireland’s youth begs him to come back and walk among them.
Ireland’s National Flag- As a bishop, he returned to Ireland where he preached and converted the people for forty years. To his credit, Ireland became a Catholic nation.
Church- He preached and built churches across Ireland.
Shamrock and Crown- St. Patrick converts kings and kingdoms.
Shamrock- St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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Once you have completed your gold coins, you are ready to “chase the rainbow” (Haha). Start by laying out the colored yarn according to the color spectrum of the rainbow.

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Then tie the rainbow yarn around a tree.

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I put another twist on the original Pinterest idea by adjusting the course of the rainbow based upon the children’s ages. For younger children a simple course will be a thrilling experience. For older children, you can make each ray go in various directions, zig-zagging to create a web. The children can each choose one color of the rainbow to follow. They will giggle and race to climb over and under the other rays to get to the pot of gold first.

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Luke and Julia found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Julia was so excited to stake her claim to the gold, while Luke contemplated St. Patrick’s explanation of the shamrock Trinity.
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I know this is a bit excessive, but I couldn’t resist sharing these adorable pictures of the twins! Luke’s facial expressions kill me!

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5 Comments

  1. You should consider a career in child photography! Those are super cute pics!

  2. The pix of the kids are great!! If you want to be proud of your Irish heritage and amazed at Patrick, please read How The Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill. I am truly inspired by what Patrick did since reading that.

  3. Oh my – what sweeties they are!

  4. Love the activity and your cute kiddos. Just a suggestion but a pinterest button would be helpful.

    • Hi there! There should be a pinterest button on the side of my homepage. Is it not showing up?

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