I was thinking about how to do a St. Patrick’s Day Family Home Evening and here’s what I’ve come up with…
We’re not Catholic (obviously), but I think it’s fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I was thinking about having a treasure hunt and explaining about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Then I thought that’s not a great religious lesson for the kids, how do I tie it back into the gospel? So, how about if we talk about Noah’s Ark and the rainbow at the end of the story? My kids love talking about animals and boats and I think they’d love to talk about colors in the rainbow, and all that tied in to God showing his love for us with a rainbow works pretty well, I think. So, here’s the plan:
Song: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man (CS, 281)
Lesson: Noah’s Ark (Genesis 6-9)
Show a picture of Noah building the ark and talk about how the people were wicked and God told Noah to tell them to repent and to build an ark. Talk about how Noah was obedient and built the ark, and put two of each animal on the ark. God sent a flood and all the people died except those on the ark because they were obedient. The earth dried up again and God made a covenant with Noah and the rainbow is a sign that God promises to never destroy the earth with a flood again. God makes covenants with us because he loves us.
Activity: Treasure hunt for a treat at the end of the rainbow. I think I’ll use different colored papers as clues–the kids look for the new color of paper. At the end there’s a rainbow made out of all the colors and our treat.
Song: Love One Another (CS, 136)
Treats: Green cupcakes, or green pudding, or something else… here are a bunch of ideas: www.perpetualpreschool.com/stpat_snack.html