Use this Lucky Charms craft to help children understand the difference between luck and blessings.
Scripture: Matthew 5:3-11
What you’ll need:
- 4 white cone-type coffee filters per child
- blue and yellow washable markers
- spray bottle with water
- newspaper or a tarp
- 11×17 construction paper
- cooling racks
- glue sticks
- black markers
Say: When we think about St. Patrick’s Day, we think about good luck.
Ask: What trinkets or items do people sometimes believe can bring good luck?
Say: One symbol of luck associated with St. Patrick’s Day is a four-leaf clover. Let’s make some four-leaf clovers as we learn about luck.
Have kids each color four coffee filters with blue and yellow washable markers, using more yellow than blue. Place the filters on newspaper or tarp, and spray them with water. The colors will blend together. Then place the filters on a cooling rack to dry.
Form eight groups if possible, but keep at least two kids per group. If you can’t make either groups, then assign group additional verses. Have groups each look up one verse of Matthew 5:3-11. Have groups read aloud their verses in order so everyone can hear all verses.
Ask: Explain whether the situation in your verse sounds lucky? What’s the difference between blessed and lucky?
Say: Let’s finish our four-leaf clovers. But rather than use them as a sign of good luck, let’s use them to thank God for his blessings.
Have kids glue the filters onto the construction paper in the shape of a four-leaf clover and use markers to draw a stem. Then have kids use the black markers to write one blessing on each coffee filter.
Say: The Bible doesn’t have a lot ot say about being lucky. But it has a lot to say about being blessed. This St. Patrick’s Day, when you see something that points to good luck, remember that with God, we don’t need luck. He loves us and gives us blessings every day — we just have to pay attention to see them.