As I was thinking about what to do and whether to post for Saint Patrick’s Day, I found a post linked up at Lacy’s First Friday Link up for March that reminded me about an art project I did as a child. Alicia at Through My “I”s posted about her crayon resist art project for Saint Valentine’s Day. Thank you, Alicia, for inspiring my Holy Trinity Crayon Resist Art Shamrocks!
I thought crayon resist with watercolors would be a great way to highlight Saint Patrick’s metaphor for the Holy Trinity. I used a fat white crayon to draw a shamrock on card stock, and a thin white crayon to write “God” (in Spanish) in the middle and each part of the Holy Trinity on the leaves. My older daughter wrote the words herself, but I wrote them for my youngest. She had so much fun watercolor painting and watching the letters appear!
An easy and quick way to do this is to use a wide brush and long strokes, but for kids who want to “find” the letters, painting little by little works too. Who says shamrocks only come in green?
Another way to make a trinity shamrock that does not involve painting is to cut one out of green construction paper and write the words with a crayon or marker. Here is the one we made last year. I used a pencil to draw three hearts together with their points touching, added the stem and cut it out.
You can read about many more activities to teach The Most Holy Trinity at my Trinity Link up.
My daughters had so much fun with the watercolors that they wanted to watercolor Saint Patrick, too. I printed the Saint Patrick coloring page drawn by Vee (Paper Dali) on cardstock, and they painted him yesterday. Vee’s post also includes a Unit Study with other ideas for learning about Saint Patrick and additional Irish saints.
What have we done for Saint Patrick’s Day? My Catholic Moms group made Lacy’s Saint Patrick puppet. And, I printed a Saint Patrick’s Day Word Find from Sanctus Simplicitus that the girls are still working on.
We are also currently making an angel puppet to dramatize The Annunciation, so we used the crayon resist with watercolors technique to paint some angel wings, although we forgot to “resist” the angel’s gown. Check back in a few days to see the results! My girls are enjoying crayon resist, especially the water coloring part, so I’m thinking we’ll make some decorated Easter egg cards next month. Did you know you can do crayon resist on actual boiled eggs and cascarones (egg shells) before painting them? We like to write names on our cascarones; check back in a few weeks to find out why.
In 2013 I linked with: Faith Formation in Young Children, What are you doing this Lent?, Making It Count, Tactile Tuesday, Kids Get Crafty, For the Kids Friday, Weekly Kids Co-op, Hobbies and Handicrafts, We Made That, New Evangelist Monthly