Grow a St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock

St. Patrick's Day

Are you looking for creative way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the kids? You’ve planned on a parade, prepped to whip up tasty treats – now what? Try a science themed holiday activity!

The shamrock is a traditional symbol of St. Patrick’s Day. From the Irish seamrog, it means little or young “clover.” Your little artist has drawn shamrock shapes, collaged the three-leaved clover and painted plenty of green shamrock gardens. Now it’s time to get real and plant an actual clover! Not only is this a fun-filled family way to celebrate the holiday, but the constant care of the plant makes it a lasting reminder of St. Patrick’s Day!

Celebrate the luck of the Irish year round. Every time your child waters his shamrock plant or observes its growth he can think about your St. Patty’s Day activities.

Materials:

  • Shamrock (clover) plants
  • Planting soil
  • A trowel
  • A planter – Use a ceramic or plastic pot, or make your own from a reused coffee can.

Instructions:

  1. Get the planter ready. Your child can decorate the outside with green permanent markers, glue green and white ribbon around the container or use shades of green duct tape to make a basket weave or striped design.
  2. Fill the pot with the soil.
  3. Plant the shamrocks.

Continue to care for (water, provide sun) the plant year-round. Ask your child to measure the growth, chart the plant’s life cycle or compare the clover to other garden greens.



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