Well, today is St Patrick’s Day. St Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and sold as a slave in Ireland. He escaped, but he went back to Ireland to preach Christianity. Which was quite a new thing back then.
He used the 3 leaves of the Shamrock plant to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people, and so people often wear a sprig of Shamrock to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
There is also a legend that he commanded all the snakes to leave Ireland!
And it’s true there are no native snakes in Ireland to this day – but in fact there never were, as they didn’t make it back to Ireland after the last Ice Age.
Hold on, says Microvaark, here’s another snake!
Oh! It’s not a snake, it’s Ernest’s snozzle! He’s fallen asleep!
Ernest is very sorry to have fallen asleep, but he said the sermon was a bit long, and a bit boring in parts.
Never mind Ernest. Wake yourself up with a snack and a nice restorative pint of Guinness.
In fact, let’s all have a little drink, and Peggy can entertain us with some Irish dancing.
So, if you’re celebrating today, stay safe, and we wish you all Sláinte!, or “Health!”
We’re going to have a go at some string art today! We’ve got string, pins, and a template. We’re going to stick them into a piece of balsa, painted black. You could use corrugated card, or polystyrene.
First thing to do is to lay the template on the wood, and put pins, or nails, in round the edge. We’re putting one at each corner and a few inbetween. Fury’s got her big hammer to tap them in with.
Now, Nano is going to take the thread and go for a walk in and out of the pins! He goes all round the edge first, then back and forwards to fill in with a random pattern.
Now Nano, you can pick it up. What? It’s too heavy? It can’t be, it’s only balsa!