Again, following Catholic Icing's Catholic ABCs Preschool lessons, we have made some wonderful crafts we'd like to share. We have also added a few of our own ideas and project tweaks! Click on the underlined links for more directions and ideas!
>123 and A-Krafts
>Q-V Below (click on most words for a link to a project or info)
Q is for Queen
Mary is the Queen of Heaven. May is the month in which we honor Mary with prayer, petitions and a May Crowning. This project uses washable paint and children's feet and fingers! The kids loved dipping their toes into the gooey paint, then carried off to the kitchen sink! I think I'll cherish these footprints for a long time.
R is for Rosary, Repent, Risen/Resurrection
Mary gave us the rosary as a means to meditate upon the life of Jesus through prayer. We made rosaries as I wrote about in my Honoring Mary in May post. We are also making a Rosary Book as seen at this link. Here is a link to a printable rosary prayers sheet I made.
We used paper strips for the tabs, labeling each with a symbol to match the mystery. Joyful=a smile, Luminous=a candle, Sorrowful-a tear, and Glorious=a sunshine. Tabs are used to pull out the picture sheets from the pockets.
We found an image online that had the mystery images that print the right size for this project. It was found at DiscountCatholicStore.com, but you can Google image search "rosary mysteries" for a wide variety and print them free for personal use - or purchase the poster/stickers.
S is for Saints, Soul, Sacraments, Shell (used in Baptism)
For our Garden of Saints, I found some very cute saints images over at HappySaints.com! Click on the banner below to see a page full of his delightful characters. He has several files you can purchase and use in your projects. I copy and pasted some of the images I bought onto a page and sized to print for my kids to cut for their project.
one in your church for ideas.
Eucharistic Symbols include the chalice and host, or wheat and grapes
The chi rho is one of the earliest Christian symbols. It consists of the first two letters of Christ in Greek (XP) superimposed on one another. It is depicted in a variety of ways, and sometimes combined with the alpha and omega and other Christian symbols.
Latin: Iesus Hominum Salvator which translates as Jesus, Savior of man[Meaning of IHS]
For Unity, we tried these colored sand bottles. Not sure how I feel about sand, maybe out on the deck? Otherwise we'll be having plenty of discussions on Unity as my sister gets married this summer! Found them at JoAnn's craft store in their kid crafts.
[eUcharist - excellent Jesus in the Eucharist craft idea here!]
V is for Virgin Mary
This project is so simple, and made with a foam door hanger for quick display. We glued on Mary, added star stickers for her crown, and fake flowers below. Of course, don't forget her title! "Blessed Virgin Mary." We are using this image that I found online at The Catholic Illustrator's Guild blog by C. Lewis, as well as this beautiful image of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a young girl.
>>My Mary Statue to print and color (and another: A Mary & Jesus Paper Statue )
V is for Vatican!
I got on a creative mood and put together this file folder version of the Vatican. Extra cardstock adds the dome, bright colors for windows and doors, then a cardboard tube for a pillar which is lacking and will get a makeover soon I'm sure! Of course nothing beats the real thing…
Print and cut out a picture of the pope to put in the window! You can chose any image of the current pope [Pope Benedict XVI] or print the image below taken from the free graphics of Phillip Martin. I somehow folded up this paper hat, a papal miter for the kids to wear also! We can take their Little People into St. Peter's Square to see the Pope at the Vatican!
[To teach Vatican, include projects about the Pope]
V is also for Vine, Virtues, Vessel, and Vocations
[My blog about Virtue, with books/dvd suggestions for kids]
OTHER RESOURCES FOR CHRISTIAN ABCS:
by Lacy @ Catholic Icing
Catholic Icing: Liturgical Year Ideas
Christian Preschool Printables: Bible ABCs
Christian Character ABCs
Christian Symbols A-Z