Quick Facts About the Famous Clover:
- St.Patrick used the three leaves of the shamrock to teach about the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- Late French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, escaped certain death when he bent down to pick up a four-leaf clover just as a bullet went whizzing overhead!
- Clovers belong to the same family as peas.
- A shamrock is considered to be a young clover.
- The odds of finding a four-leaf clover, compared to a clover with only three leaves, is 10,000 to 1!
- The most leaves on one clover to ever be found is twenty-one!
- The Shamrock became a symbol for national pride and rebellion amongst the people of Ireland, when the English began taking over Ireland under Queen Victoria. The people of Ireland wore a shamrock on their clothing to show their unity as a nation, and opposition towards the English monarch.
- Under the order of Queen Victoria ‘the wearing of the green’, as it is often referred to, was punishable by death if worn on a military uniform.
- The leaves of the four-leaf clover represent: hope, faith, love and luck.
Shamrock (Sticker Stencil) Painting
This is a simple way for little ones to create a St. Patrick’s Day painting with perfectly formed shamrocks.
All we used was:
- green, non toxic paint
- a package of foam shamrock stickers (I bought mine from Dollaramma)
- square piece of sponge used to dab on the paint.
I peeled the backs off the stickers and helped B stick them all over his paper.
Then I gave B some green paint and a piece of sponge and had him dab the paint all over his paper.
By the end, B kind of resembled a little green leprechaun!
We let the painting set for a few minutes, then carefully peeled the foam stickers off of the paper to reveal the shamrock prints beneath.
Green Pepper Clover Stamping
I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew I had to try it with M. I thought it was such a clever idea to use green peppers as stamps to create four-leaf clovers! First I sliced a green pepper into thick slices, and set the middle piece aside to use as the stamp. I took out all of the seeds and fleshy bits, and dried it with a paper towel.
Then, for a mini paint mixing lesson, I gave M some yellow and blue paint and had him mix the two colours together to make green.
Once he had created his new paint colour, I gave M a piece of black paper and he began stamping with his green pepper stamp.
M was quite proud of how his four-leaf clover painting turned out!
I made sure to display both of the boys paintings. Who knows? Maybe they’ll even bring us a wee bit of extra luck!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!