Learn about the history of St. Patrick’s Day in these fun and free family home evening lessons.
St. Patrick’s Day Family Lessons
But it’s also a really good time to learn the history of St. Patrick and why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day anyway.
So I created 2 free lessons you can use with your family that tie in perfectly with rainbows, gold, and St. Patrick himself.
What is family home evening?
- We start with a song and prayer
- We have a short lesson (since our children are little) about a topic we feel we need to work on
- We have an activity or game
- Our children love when we have a special treat at the end (Lime Popcorn or Green Mean Machines are some of our favorites!)
- We finish by singing our family song and pray.
This may sound formal, but we sit on the floor or couch, laugh, and have a lot of fun together!
St. Patrick’s Day Lessons
When there is a holiday coming up, I love to have holiday-themed lessons.
These St. Patrick’s Day lessons are a fun way to learn more about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and talk about a story from the Bible.
Although these St. Patrick’s Day Family Home Evening Lesson ideas are religious in nature, you don’t need to be a member of a certain religion to find them meaningful.
You can get the full, printable lessons at the end of the post.
#1- St. Patrick & Shamrocks
Themes: faith, missionary work, Godhead
- Who was St. Patrick? Learn the history of Saint Patrick in the included PDF.
- Explain that St. Patrick’ life was a hard one but because he never stopped having faith he was able to be guided to do wonderful things.
- Explain that he used the shamrock to teach about the Godhead. There are 3 members of the Godhead: Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.
- Repeat the Article of Faith #1: “We Believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.”
- Talk about how the shamrock has 3 separate leaves, but are joined together on the same stem. They are separate beings, but they are one in purpose.
- Explain how just as St. Patrick was a good missionary, we can be a good missionary, too.
- Each family member can write or draw things they are “lucky” to have. Then everyone tell each other what they wrote. Explain that the things we are “lucky” to have are really blessings from Heavenly Father. He wants us to be happy and he blesses us if we keep his commandments and work hard to do what is right.
- Go on a treasure hunt for the treats at the end of the rainbow (Skittles). Write a clue on a different colored piece of paper (the colors of the rainbow) and at the end of the “rainbow” there is a treat.
- Play Hide and Seek. The person who is it is a leprechaun that everyone tries to find.
- Find the coin. Hide a chocolate coin and try and find it using “Hot and Cold”
- Make Green Mean Machines –Our favorite St. Patrick’s Day treat!
Lesson #2 : Rainbows & Noah’s Ark (Genesis 6-9)
Themes: Noah’s ark, obedience, following the prophet, keeping promises
- Show a picture of Noah building the ark and talk about how the people were wicked. God told Noah to tell them to repent and to build an ark.
- Talk about how Noah was obedient and built the ark. He put 2 of each animal on the ark. God sent a flood and all the people died except those on the ark because they were obedient.
- The earth dried up again and God made a covenant with Noah that he would never destroy the earth with a flood again. A rainbow is a sign to help us remember that he will keep his promise to not flood the earth again.
- Make a rainbow craft
- Have a rainbow/color dinner or ice cream bar with colored toppings.
- Decorate rainbow cupcakes.