Mar 152014

There are statues and frescos dedicated to the legend of Saint Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland.
Saint Patrick with SnakesStudio 5 ksl bubble-blow-craft So is a legend something to be believed as a true story?  A legend is any popular or larger than life story that is handed down from one generation to another.

So this explains why naturalists emphatically state that Ireland never had any snakes that needed driving into the Irish Sea.

Other history buffs say that the legend or story got its start because pagans had tattoos of snakes.  Saint Patrick got rid of the pagans by teaching Christianity. This theoretically explains how he drove  the snakes out of Ireland.

Well, I never did and never will like to handle real snakes.

Playing with snakes made out of green bubbles, is my kind of fun.

How to make cork boats, blow green bubble snakes, and create an erupting volcano are shown in this KSL Studio 5 video.  Brooke Walker, the host of Salt Lake City’s ‘Studio 5,’ and I had a blast playing with these science projects.

Camp Grandma is all about crafts and learning the scientific reason why bubbles grow so huge.

This recipe makes long lasting bubbles that stay firm and won’t break.

The “snakes” will keep growing as long as you keep blowing.

What craft is your kids’ favorite?

  26 Responses to “Legend of St. Patrick Driving Snakes Out of Ireland”

  1. I’ve never been to Ireland, but would like to, snakes or not! I hear they have some great chocolate there, and so it’s definitely on my list of places to visit. Thanks for the post, and for visiting my travel blog.

    • I would love to visit Ireland too. I would love to hear where the best chocolate is made, or is everywhere the best.

  2. How fun on the bubble snakes, Neva! I clicked your link and hopped over there…how fun! Real snakes? No, no, no! This is the second post the past 24 hours that I’ve read on on St Patrick and the Day and learned something new! The first was why it is March 17th, etc. Btw…I love legends…even when any of us expand them to larger than life, don’t you? Good post 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Mike. I love to learn the “why” of things and why some legends are just a good story retold. I wonder if there are any true legends or all just now called urban legends.

  3. Totally agree with bubble snakes being better than real snakes 🙂 Crazy that they have no snakes in Ireland – did you know there are no moles in the country either? Apparently when B&Q (large outdoors/garden store in the UK, don’t know if they exist worldwide?) first set up in Ireland they couldn’t understand why they were never selling any mole traps or poisons!

  4. Ooh that looks like a fun craft. Can I adopt you as my Grandma? I wanna go to Camp Grandma lol!

    • Anytime you’re in my city, I’d love to play with you. Camp Grandma isn’t just for kids, especially since my grandkids are growing up so fast.

  5. I have never heard of the pagan tatoo version of this legend. Interesting. I definitely don’t like snakes either. At our Texas home, I managed to accidentally close the garage door on one. In Malaysia, one of the other families in my high rise condo building moved here from a house because too many cobras kept crawling into their kitchen. Yikes! At least you can call the police here to come and take care of it for you.

  6. Great legend retold, Neva! What fun. And I love the snake bubbles. Like you though, real ones – no thank you!

    • The kids and the TV host had some laughs when doing the snake bubbles. I must admit that I didn’t know the definition of a legend and was fun researching this piece of history.

  7. OMG those snake bubbles are beyond cool! I used to buy these little tubes of toxic stuff to blow “plastic bubbles” with. I don’t know if they make them anymore, but the fumes were awful. I’ve been looking for a cool project like this to do with my nephews. I’ve never been to Ireland, but grew up near Boston and know that Irish pride is strong 🙂

    • I’m glad I could share this project making snake bubbles. The grandkids had a blast making them and being on television was exciting too.

  8. A hope of mine was too always visit Ireland one day. And bubble snakes what a couple ideal. Thanks for the great reading.

    • We visited Ireland’s Dublin and Kilkenny last month and were very impressed. The people were very friendly and the landscape was beautiful.

  9. I think you are the best Grandma ever!!!

    • I’m retired and finding ways to have fun. I think that Camp Grandma is more fun and adventurous for me than the kids, but don’t tell them.

  10. Ireland is our next extended summer holiday. Hopefully in 2016. I loved on a few snakes in Ecuador, I’ve never been afraid of them, and am the designated snake catcher in my family. Maybe they should nickname me Saint Patty. 🙂
    I’m sharing the project with my friends who have those younger kiddoes!

    • Glad to share this cute project with other families. We enjoyed the beauty of Ireland last month when we visited Dublin and Kilkenny.

  11. My boys would be all over snake bubbles in a heart beat! On another topic- we actually own two snakes as pets. And I was TERRIFIED of them to begin with. Now I handle them anytime hubs takes them out of their boxes. We have even taken them to the schools for lessons around reptiles for the teachers.

    • I’m not a snake lover, but they don’t bark or chew furniture so there’s good pet reasons to have them I guess.

  12. Thanks for sharing the history. Bubbles are a perfect craft for little ones.

    • This is an interesting historical nugget that I didn’t know and glad to share. Have fun making big bubbles with your kids.

  13. I hope to visit Ireland one day. I can tell you I will defiantely making these bubbles with my Grandson. We love bubbles and wil have a blast with these … thanks!

    • Glad to share this fun idea with you and your grandsons. We just visited Dublin and Kilkenny and gave us a greater appreciation for Ireland.

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