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Happy St Patrick’s Day

Creation Station | Seasonal Activities for Kids | Colouring in Sheets

As it’s St Patrick’s Day today why not get your little one to join in the celebrations and download this fun colouring sheet.

Help them to add all the colours to the rainbow and discover their pot of gold at the end.

 

pot of gold and rainbow

Fun Facts (or stories) about St Patricks Day 

St. Patrick was not Irish

He was, in fact, from Wales. 

The shamrock was originally a teaching tool

St. Patrick is said to have used the  three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to the pagan Irish. This may not be true but an interesting story instead. 

First St. Patrick's Day parade

The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in  New York in the 1760s.

Blue was the colour worn on St. Patrick's Day

For many years, blue was the colour most often associated with St. Patrick. Green was considered unlucky. St. Patrick's blue was considered symbolic of Ireland for many centuries and the Irish Presidential Standard is still blue.

Worlds shortest St. Patrick's Day parade

For many years, Dripsey in County Cork had the world's shortest parade, just 77 feet, the distance between two pubs – The Weigh Inn and The Lee Valley. Currently, the town of Hot Springs, Arkansas, claims to have the shortest parade – a 98-foot route on Bridge Street. Recent participants included the Irish Elvises and the San Diego Chicken.

Over 200 years in Sydney

In 2010, the Sydney Opera House went green to mark the 200th anniversary of St. Patrick's Day there. In Sydney, St Patrick's Day was first marked in 1810, when Lachlan Macquarie, the Governor of New South Wales, provided entertainment for Irish convict workers.

The Chicago green river

In  Chicago every year, the Plumbers Local 110 union dyes the river "Kelly" green. The dye lasts for about five hours.

Shamrocks at the White House

Traditionally, every year, the Irish leader hands a crystal bowl full of shamrock to the US President. The shamrock, grown in Kerry, is immediately destroyed by the Secret Service after the exchange.

Guinness sales St. Patrick's Day

Guinness sales soar on St. Patrick's Day. Recent figures show that 5.5 million pints of the black stuff are downed around the world every day. On St. Patrick's Day that figure is doubled.

We would love to see your creations so please upload them with #creationstation to ourFacebook or Twitter for your chance to win the March goodies.

 

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