by Karen & Grace Morris
Use this trinity craft for kids to teach about the fact that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are not separate but are one.
The finished craft will look like a shamrock.
A legend says that Saint Patrick used the shamrock to tell the people of Ireland about the trinity. The shamrock is a three-leafed plant. The word comes from the Gaelic seamrog. Which means little clover or young clover. If your students want to know what a shamrock looks like, then show them some clover.
The word Trinity is not in the Bible. But several verses use the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit together. Here are four verses Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2, Galatians 4:6, and Ephesians 1:3. Learn more about a Saint Patrick's Day PDF here.
From a 9 by 12 inch piece of construction paper, you can get one 8 1/4 inch circle and two 3 1/2 inch circles. This is enough to make one large trinity craft for kids and two bookmarks.
On your piece of paper, make a circle shape. It can be small, medium, or large. Although, make it big enough so that you can fold it in thirds. For a bookmark, make a small shamrock.
Cut your circle out. A 3 1/2 inch circle makes a nice size for a bookmark.
Fold the circle in half. Hold so that the fold is on top.
Fold one side down to the curved edge.
Fold the other side over the first side. You will have a shape that looks like a pizza slice.
Hold the shape so that the pointed end is down. Measure about 1/2 inch from the top edge on the solid folded side. Also, measure 1/2 inch from the point on the other side.
Cut around the curved edge between your marks.
Unfold. You will see three hearts connected together at the point.
If you used green paper, then it will resemble a shamrock or a three-leaf clover.
To make the hearts more noticeable, go around the outside with a marker.
On the top heart write
on another heart write
on the last heart write
Glue the shamrock on a 1 1/2 by 8 1/2 inch strip card stock. The bookmark can be placed in the Bible as a reminder that God is three persons.
You could use a larger circle so that your students can place pictures of a heart, cross, and dove under the names of God.
To make a cross, heart, and dove, download the FREE PDF and print the template. (link will open in a new window)
Cut the shapes out.
Follow the directions above to make your three-leaf clover. Then write the names on each of the three sides.
Cut the heart from red paper and the cross from brown paper.
Glue the heart below Father, the cross below Son, and the dove below Holy Spirit.
You can also use a flame to represent the Holy Spirit coming down as fire during the time of Pentecost.
If you are making the trinity craft for kids on a Sunday that just happens to be Saint Patrick's Day, then be sure to use green paper.
Want to know more about Saint Patrick? You can buy the PDF from my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. In the booklet there are two crafts. The crafts also have the Trinity symbols.
Along with your trinity craft for kids, you can use other items to teach this important concept.
An egg has three parts, the shell, white, and yoke.
An apple also has three parts, the skin, the white part, and seeds.