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Calendar Customs: Make Your Own St Patrick's Badge

St. Patrick's Badge

Find out about the history of St Patrick’s Day and discover the customs and traditions involved. Afterwards, have a go at making a St Patrick’s Badge with the Education Team.  

Activity at a Glance

Level: 1st to 6th Class
Group Size:  Classroom size 
Location: Onsite 
Duration: 60 minutes, three parts
10 minutes: Introduction to the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and calendar customs and traditions 
40 minutes: Workshop: Make a St. Patrick's Badge 
10 minutes: Q & A 
Availability: 12 and 13 March 2024
Times: 10am to 11am or 11.30am to 12.30pm
Booking: Booking required

Bookings and Information:

Please complete an online enquiry form and we will be in touch soon.

Alternatively, you can email the Bookings Office at or telephone (094) 90 31751. 

Curriculum Links: 

  • History: Local Studies - Feasts and Festivals in the Past; Story - Stories of Lives of People in the Past. Beliefs.
    Culture in the Past - Cultural Activities.
    Early people and ancient societies - Early Christian Ireland - Values
    Ordinary People – Communities - Appreciation of Culture
Visual Arts
  • Visual Arts/Construction: Concepts and Skills - Awareness of Shape, Form, Texture, Pattern and Rhythm; Strands - Construction/Making constructions/Looking and Responding
  • Creative Thinking – Respond to Periods and Cultures – Regional Craft Tradition – National Heritage – Designing.
  • Geography: Human Environments – Social and Cultural Activities – Social Environment – Religion.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Discuss festivals in general; identify the reasons why St. Patrick's Badges were made

  • Learn how to make a badge and receive appropriate guidance leading to a completed project

  • Discuss their own work and the work of their classmates 

  • Discuss what the students will do with their completed cross 

  • ​Insight into a traditional craft and past culture

  • Crafting of three-dimensional art

  • Understanding the effect of the past on present culture

Pre-Visit Resources:

  • Watch a short video on how to make a St Patrick's badge and find out about calendar customs and traditions here 

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