The Story behind the Shamrock is that St. Patrick used them to share the idea of the Trinity with the Irish as he shared the Gospel with them years ago. The three petals were a visual for how God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Spirit (Holy Spirit) were all the same “person” yet with different identities/roles. St. Patrick was known for using this illustration and always having shamrocks on hand.
What a great treat to make with your kids this St. Patrick’s Day to share this lesson with them and challenge your older children to practice sharing this story with others as well!
- 1/4 cup of margarine or butter
- 1 bag of mini marshmallows
- 12 drops of green food coloring
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 6 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
1. Begin by melting the butter in a large pot.
2. Add 1 bag of marshmallows; stir until completely melted. Then add the green food coloring and vanilla extract.
3. Remove from the pot from the burner and stir in the Rice Krispie cereal.
4. Spoon the cereal mix onto wax paper to cool.
5. When cooled enough to touch, spray your hands with cooking spray and pat the cereal into a ball shape. Then form into shamrocks. (*Note: I found that first patting the cereal into a ball before shaping helps to better combine the cereal and marshmallow mix, making them less sticky when forming.) It is easiest to first form the stem and then work upwards from there forming the leaves/petals.