St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a huge holiday for us. I don’t own any decorations, or do anything extra fancy for it, but Jim and I both have ancestors from Ireland (or so he’s told me), and I like the concept behind St. Patrick’s Day, so we enjoy celebrating it.
I thought it would be fun to have an FHE Night the Monday before St. Patrick’s Day. There were a lot of ideas rolling through my head that I could run with. Eventually I decided to go with what worked best for our family, but I think I still might use some of the other ideas with the kids when I am at home with them this week during our morning devotional time. This lesson plan is a mix of ideas, but a big source of inspiration came from this site.
St. Patrick’s Day FHE Lesson Plan (Catered to Young Children & Toddlers)
The Wiseman & Foolish Man (CS 281) – Make sure to do the fun hand gestures with it to get the kids engaged.
Proverbs 13:11 – Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
1 Corinthians 3:8 – Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
1. Use your gospel art kit and flip through pictures on there. While looking at the pictures, ask the children what would have happened if no one had worked to achieve the goals. You can book mark specific ones to make it go smoother. (Example: Show them a picture of Joseph Smith and ask “Do you think Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would have appeared to Joseph Smith if Joseph hadn’t prepared himself beforehand by studying the scriptures?” Ans: No. We’re told in the scriptures that the Lord expects us to study things out in our minds first before we go to the Lord for an answer.) If you don’t have a gospel art kit, you can easily access it on the lds website. Just pop open your computer, phone or ipad and share the pictures with the family from there. At the end, summarize the lesson by reminding children that we need to work to get our own luck and blessings in life.
1. Have kids draw pictures of things that they think we are lucky to have. Talk about those things at the end and explain that it isn’t luck, but actually blessings from a Father in Heaven who loves us. When we work hard we can make our own luck, and when we keep the commandments the Lord blesses us. While we may go through many trials through out our lives, working hard always gains us rewards.
2. Read or Re-Tell Aesop’s Fable about the Ant and the Grasshopper. (I’m planning on letting the kids watch Disney’s short film). When its over you can reiterate what you learned about in the lesson by asking questions like: Did the ant wait for winter before he started preparing? What would have happened had they not been prepared? Is going on luck, like the grasshopper, a dependable way of getting things done?
St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie
Yield: 2 servings (I have little kids so this works for us, but you can double for bigger family)
1 large orange, peeled and segmented
1/2 of a large banana, cut into chunks
6 large strawberries
2 cups spinach
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Chobani 0%)
1 cup ice
1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.