Resources for Teaching the Real Story of St. Patrick for Kids

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Are you looking for ways to teach about the real St. Patrick with your kids? I love finding out the real story behind popular holidays. I also have an Irish background, my brother has red hair after all.

While I am not Catholic (I am a Seventh-Day Adventist Christian) I think it is important to learn about other religions and cultures, particularly ones that relate to our heritage.

I wanted to find out the real story of St. Patrick's and find some fun and easy ways you can learn about him with your kids. Today I am sharing what I have found; resources for teaching the REAL story of St. Patrick to kids.

(Posted Updated: Feb. 2023)

Who was the REAL St. Patrick? Find resources and activities for teaching about the real St. Patrick with your kids.

Here are some resources for teachers teaching about Saint Patrick’s Day and his life, which is far less well known than his myth.

Who was the Real St. Patrick?

  • He was never officially made a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church
  • He wasn’t from Ireland either, he was from Britain (England) 
  • He was captured as a boy and became a slave
  • He learned about God and felt called to go back to Ireland to spread Christianity (he was a missionary)
  • No one knows for sure if he used the shamrock as a symbol of the Trinity (the Father, Son & Holy Spirit)
  • St. Patrick's Day was a religious holiday in Ireland for many years before it became the modern holiday it is today
  • Shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns, and other St. Patrick's Day symbols are part of Irish myths, not the real holiday

Links to check out:

I always watch YouTube videos first before sharing them with my kids, so be sure to check them out to see if they are appropriate for your family before watching them together.

Books & Movies About the Real St. Patrick

I personally have not read this book, but I did read a couple of blog posts about it and the reviews on Amazon and it looks like a great resource. I will definitely be getting this for when E is older.

Hang in with me on this one, I know the title and the cover have nothing to do with St. Patrick's Day. However, there is a short mini-movie before the main story that tells about the real St. Patrick. And if your kids already love Veggie Tales as much as we do, then they will love this entire DVD anyways.

Printables and Unit Studies About the Real St. Patrick

Here are some unit studies and book lists for learning about the real St. Patrick. These are geared towards homeschoolers but can be used by anyone, even if you don't homeschool.

St. Patrick's Day Object Lesson – From Paradise Praises

St. Patrick's Day Unit Study – From Paradise Praises

St. Patrick Printable Study – The Kennedy Adventures

St. Patrick's Day Unit Study & Book List –

Activities for St. Patrick's Day

Here are some fun activities with shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns, and more with the traditional St. Patrick's day theme most of us know.

A fun St. Patrick's Day sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers.

20 St. Patrick's Day Fine Motor & Sensory Activities for Kids

St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin

St. Patrick's Day Themed Sensory Play – Buggy and Buddy

St. Patricks Day Sensory Bin – Happy Toddler Playtime

St. Patrick's Day Fine Motor Activities – Pink Oatmeal

33 St. Patrick's Day Crafts – Hands-On As We Grow

Fun Foods for St. Patrick's Day

Fun food for St. Patrick's Day for kids.

Cream of Asparagus Soup for St. Patrick's Day – Kiddie Foodies

ST. Patrick's Day Rainbow Snack – Rainy Day Mum

Homemade Lucky Charm Bars – Sweet C's

Rainbow Cookies  – Kitchen Counter Chronicles

St. Patrick's Day Smoothie – Artsy Mom

You can also find all my ideas and posts on my Pinterest board below:

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Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! The short at the beginning of the Veggie Tales Sumo of the Opera movie is a hidden treasure-who knew! I have taught this story to preschool for 7 years now and have not seen this until today. The kids loved it! I am grateful for your research.

  2. Hi Heidi, I love hearing that! So glad you were able to find something else to add to your lessons. 🙂

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