Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the classroom is always lots of fun! It usually falls about the same time that we are doing our Weather Unit which works perfectly with rainbows :0) I love putting themed St. Patrick’s Day centers out for my students (for some great ideas click here and here). But also every year I make sure to read the same bible story. In the Jesus Storybook Bible the story of the hidden treasure from Matthew 13 is called “Treasure Hunt”.
I love reading this story with my kindies and sharing the parable with them. We talk all week about how God is our treasure and how we must do everything we can to draw near to Him. We talk about loving God with our heart, soul, mind and strength as well as brainstorming what it means to do that. Next we talk about how we are God’s treasure. Easter is right around the corner and we will be celebrating the fact that God loves us so much He sent His Son down to earth to die on the cross. We celebrate that Jesus conquered death and rose again three days later. We also celebrate that Jesus washes away our sins and provides the opportunity for us to live eternally with Him in heaven. God planned all of these things to happen because He loves us more than we can understand and we are His treasure.
I love being able to take something that my kindies commonly experience like St. Patrick’s Day and tie it into a bible lesson that helps make a real connection for them. Helping my students understand that God loves them so much, that they are His treasure and He is our treasure, is a favorite part of my job.
As a little treat to share with my kindies on St. Patrick’s Day I made up these cute cards. I found some gold “coins” at the Target Dollar Spot and attached them to the cards. If you would like this FREEBIE click on the picture below to download.
There is also an adorable VeggieTales video about St. Patrick and the history behind the holiday. Click here to watch the video. My students love it!
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your classroom? I’d love to hear ideas in the comments below.