Whether studying St. Patrick's Day or reading books or stories from other cultures featuring lucky charms, students will enjoy discussing and creating their own good luck charms. Good luck charms can be bought from a store or made as a class craft, or students can bring in their own good luck charms from home to share. Exploring things that are lucky in different cultures is a social studies lesson all ages can enjoy.
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Rabbits originated as good luck symbols in the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic eras predating Christianity in Western Europe and continued to be considered lucky by some who carried rabbit's feet as good luck charms. Today, fake rabbit's feet covered in brightly coloured fur are sold as novelty key chains. Kids will enjoy having their own soft rabbit's foot to carry, and after carrying them for a few days can discuss whether they believe the foot really brought good luck.
Most clovers have three leaves, but occasionally a mutated four-leaf clover can be found. Four-leaf clovers have been believed to bring good luck and are most closely associated with St. Patrick's Day. Around St. Patrick's Day, children will enjoy hunting in the grass for their own four-leaf clovers and also making their own out of paper, as the real version is so rare.
Chinese Good Luck Symbols
During the Chinese New Year, it is traditional to paint the character for luck, or fu, in red and gold. This sign is then hung upside down, because in Chinese the word for upside down rhymes with the word arrive, and it is believed that hanging luck upside down will help it arrive. Children can make their own red and gold signs by copying a picture of the character or colour in a printed copy. Kids may also enjoy making small versions on wood or other charms that they can hang upside down around their neck.
Horse breeders and racers have many superstitions and horseshoes are believed to bring good luck. Some people hang horseshoes pointed up above their home's door to keep their luck from spilling out, and many people believe rubbing a horseshoe can bring good luck. Bring in some horseshoes for kids to touch and see. Have children paint either a real or paper horse shoe to hang in their rooms at home.
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