Saint Patrick's Day Printables

People wearing green celebrating St. Patrick's Day along a parade route.

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St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17 each year. The holiday honors Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Patrick, who lived in the 5th century, is credited with bringing Christianity to the country of Ireland. 

Saint Patrick was born Maewyn Succat around 385 A.D. Succat was born in Britain to parents who were citizens of Rome. The boy was kidnapped by pirates as a teenager and spent several years as a slave in Ireland.

After about six years in captivity, Maewyn escaped and returned to Britain, where he later became a priest. He took the name Patrick when he was ordained.

Patrick returned to Ireland to share his faith with the people there. The shamrock, or three-leaf clover, is associated with St. Patrick's Day because it is said that the priest used the shamrock to explain the idea of the Holy Trinity. 

Leprechauns and the color green are also associated with the holiday. Unlike the shamrock, they have nothing to do with Saint Patrick but are recognized as symbols of Ireland.

St. Patrick's Day is a religious holiday for the Catholic Church and a national holiday in Ireland. However, it is also celebrated by people of Irish descent around the world. In fact, many people who aren't Irish enjoy joining in on St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

Common ways to celebrate St. Patrick's day include the "wearing o' the green" to avoid being pinched and eating foods associated with Ireland, such as soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, and potatoes. People may also dye their hair, foods, and drinks green for St. Patrick's Day. Even the Chicago River is dyed green each St. Patrick's Day!

Introduce your students to St. Patrick's Day customs with these printable worksheets.

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Vocabulary

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Legend says that Saint Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. Let students investigate other legends associated with Ireland and St. Patrick's Day using this vocabulary worksheet. They can use the internet or a reference book to discover how each word is related to the country or the holiday.

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Word Search

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Students can review the terms associated with St. Patrick's Day as they find each among the jumbled letters in this word search puzzle.

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Crossword Puzzle

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Crossword puzzles make a great, stress-free review tool. Each clue describes a word related to Ireland or St. Patrick's Day. See if students can correctly complete the puzzle. They can refer to their completed vocabulary sheet if they have trouble.

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Challenge

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Use this St. Patrick's Day Challenge worksheet as a simple quiz on the topic. Each definition is followed by four multiple-choice options. 

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Hat Coloring Page

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Leprechauns and shamrocks are symbols of St. Patrick's Day. Why not read a fun leprechaun story aloud while your children complete this coloring page?

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Harp Coloring Page

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The harp is the national emblem of Ireland. Challenge your kids to see if they can find out why. 

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Clover Coloring Page

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Four-leaf clovers are considered lucky. Only about 1 in 10,000 clovers have four leaves instead of three. Stock up on green crayons for this coloring page.

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Draw and Write

Have your students use this page to draw a St. Patrick's Day-related picture and write about their drawing.

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Theme Paper

Students can use this St. Patrick's Day theme paper to write a story, poem or essay about the holiday or something they've learned about Saint Patrick.

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Pot of Gold

Use this paper if your student prefers a more colorful page for his story, poem or essay. He may wish to explain the legend of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Source

  • Mueller, Nora. "Why Are Four-Leaf Clovers 'Lucky'?" Gardening Collage Magazine, March 15, 2016.