This week we had our second prayer testing. So to keep them busy and learning in a fun way, I prepared some crafts while they were waiting for their turn.
I had the kids decorate crafted lenten offering banks.
* small white plastic cups (Dollar General $1/50 cups). This may also work with paper or styrofoam, but not sure if they'll hold up throughout the lenten season or not.
* hot glue gun and hot glue
* 1 inch white cardstock circles
* 1/2 inch purple paper or ribbon strips (optional, cups will hold without it)
* purple foam stickers (I used Valentines pack from Dollar Tree with hearts, circles and "x's" that come in purple, red and pink.
* razor blade knife
1. Hot glue white circles onto outside bottom of cup
2. Cut slot large enough for quarter into bottom of cup/circle
3. Hot glue slotted cup and regular cup, rim sides together
4. Hot glue puple strip/ribbon around middle to cover glued edges
5. I wrote words on some of the foam stickers: heart - "lent", circle - cent sign, double heart - "give alms", flower - "pray" and "fast". I also trimmed "x" into a cross.
Kids decorated their banks with stickers. Some also colored their banks with markers, but be aware the washable markers were a little messy as the cups are plastic.
I kept my demo really plain as I like the kids to use their own imaginations to express themselves. They could really use some dolling up with glitter glue or sequins or something. I have to admit, I really thought twice about even using them as they are pretty goofy looking. Not the prettiest things I've ever done, but they got the point across and I hope having the sayings on the stickers will be a more constant reminder at home about lent.
Also created a hanging Valentine/theological virtues craft:
* paper plate
* doilies (either 6in red and pink or 10in white)
* ribbon to hang (used red gift wrapping ribbon)
* hole punch (punched two holes on top to thread ribbon for hanger)
* glue stick
* if using 6in doilies, I used 1 purple foam heart sticker for space in center
1. Write scripture verse I Corinthians 13:13
2. color doily lacy edge as desired
3. glue doily to backside of paper plate
4. punch 2 holes at top, thread ribbon for hanger
We also made heart shaped one decade rosaries with pipe cleaners and pony beads from Lacy at http://catholicicing.com/2012/01/sacred-and-immaculate-heart-rosaries-a-fun-catholic-craft/
Hopefully as time marches on I will get more of the hang of this blogging stuff. Until then...
For more Lent crafts and ideas, go to Catholic Icing at http://catholicicing.com/2012/02/lenten-link-up/