The Veggie Tales History of St. Patrick’s Day

Do you want to teach your kids the Christian message behind St. Patrick’s Day? Then try this short video from Veggie Tales. It originally appeared on their DVD titled “The Sumo of the Opera.” The clip is also available on the new DVD “Lessons from the Sock Drawer” from Big Idea. It does a great job of telling the story of Saint Patrick in a way that children can appreciate.


The video is about 8:32 minutes long, which may push the attention span of younger children. Most kids will really enjoy the story and love learning about Saint Patrick from this video clip. It is presented in 2D storyboard animation, but has very engaging narration. The story ends with this pronouncement, he was “a great man who loved Ireland and loved God.” This story could easily lead into a talk about missions or loving our enemies.

The people at Veggie Tales did a good job of telling the story of Patrick in a way that all Christian groups could embrace. He is recognized as several Christian traditions. The Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Lutherans all esteem him officially. Other protestant groups often appreciate him as a missionary pioneer from the early church.

When is St. Patrick’s Day?

This traditional holiday comes on March 17th of each year. In 2010 that falls on a Wednesday, so it might be a good time to do something special in your children’s ministry program.

Need More Information?

Check out the St. Patrick’s Day article on Wikipedia. You can also read the about Patrick and Ireland on the History Channel’s website.



  1. trisha says

    for older kids, an alternative would be listening to Adventures in Odyssey’s dramatization of the life of St. Patrick.

  2. Sharon says

    I am going to use the video to kick off a missionary project from 03/17/2014 – 03/16/2015 and was needing to get a copy of the video since we don’t have internet at church. Can you direct me to how I can obtain a dvd version of the clip. Thanks for your awesome work in children’s ministry. Sharon

  3. Carolyn rice says

    Both my 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter loved this! What a fun treat to remind us of the meaning behind today. Thank you!

  4. Debra says

    My 5/6 year olds LOVED this in Sunday School. They kept asking if there was more! They answered every question I asked. Maybe that 1 1/2 -2 years makes a difference!

  5. Leanne says

    This has got great potential for explaining St Patrick but I personally feel it could do with being shorter (my 3 and 1/2 year old who has a good attention span said it was “too long” after 6 minutes completely of his own accord) and also some of the speech is quite difficult to decipher as an adult – children would struggle even more. The accents are quite mumbly and garbled at times. We are based in Ireland and to have a very good pre-school/early school years video to explain the life of St Patrick would be a godsend quite literally! Please, if the video gets adapted, please email me! Please please!

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