Armor of God

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Tonight’s lesson was all about bringing the Armor of God to my students.  I wanted to show them in a fun way that there are things that they possess to protect them from evil.

I created a couple printable to use with my class, then I made a couple extra things in hopes that others would be able to us them.  First, there’s a set of memory match cards.  The armor is matched to its virtue.  There are also two worksheets.  One of them is “Label the Armor of God” and the other is “Armor of God Cut & Paste” where the armor is cut and glued next to the virtue.

Finally, it’s the big one!!  I called it “Roll the Armor of God”, but it has so many other uses.  It can be used to roll a die and place the Armor of God on the soldier.  This can also be used for a felt story set, which is basically how I used it with my kiddos.  I read the Bible verse to them and they dressed their doll in the armor as I read the verse.  It could also be used as a simple paper craft to do with the kids.  There’s 2 versions of this all in one download!!  There is a boy and girl soldier doll, as well as a black & white version or color version.  Then for the “Roll the Armor of God”, there’s just the virtue listed or the piece of armor with the virtue to use depending on the age of your kids.

On a side note, these activities are based on the Catholic version (NAS) of the Bible.  The only part that I didn’t use was the wording for “having girded your loins in truth”.  I chose to use “belt” instead as it’s easier for my little ones to understand.  I did choose to use “shod your feet”, as they grasped that it was shoes/boots and I didn’t want to use “sandals” as many do and hubby drew me great armor boots.

Here’s a sample of some of the items for the Armor of God (click to enlarge)….

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The Beatitudes

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This week in religious education class, we’re doing the Beatitudes.  In some ways, this is hard to teach to the kids, but in other ways they get it.  As with all my lessons, I try to make them fun and something that kids at all levels in my class will understand and enjoy.

For this lesson, I chose to make a simple coloring book.  Each page contains one of the 8 Beatitudes and an image to color.  When they’re done, they get to cut out the pages and assemble their coloring book.  My kids just love getting ahold of that stapler!!

Here’s a thumbnail view of just a couple of the pages….

TheBeatitudes MiniColoringBook byElaine SAMPLEAll coloring book images © Super Coloring and they are used for educational purposes only without profit.  The cover coloring book image from an internet source and believed to be public domain.

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As a bonus, I have a blast from the past!!  In 2008, I created a simple matching game for the Beatitudes.  The bee with the reward is matched to the hive with the blessed.  If you’re interested in this file folder game, just click HERE to download it.  I hope that you will enjoy both these activities with your kids, but I know that I will!!


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Holy Week Cross Craft

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This is the (uncolored sample) project that I did with my class tonight for Holy Week.

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For this craft project, we colored the events of Holy Week.  Then, we cut them and the cross out.  Next they colored the paper plate with yellow, orange, and red so that it’d look like a sunset behind the cross.  (You could also use paint for the paper plate.)  I then read a story to the kids about the events of Holy Week and we placed the colored pictures on the cross in sequence order as we read about them.  Finally, we wrapped the purple ribbon around the cross and glued it to the paper plate.

Full instructions, the cross template, and coloring images for the events of Holy Week for this craft are included in the download.  The cross has to be printed on legal size paper.  If possible, I suggest using cards stock in legal size so that it’s more rigid.  I did mine on paper though and it worked just fine.  There is also a second version included that’s just printed on legal size paper, but you don’t have to mount it to the paper plate.

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I hope that you’re kids enjoy this project as much as mine did.  When we completed it, they all wanted to see what each others turned out like since they all color a little differently and I had 4 different purple ribbons.  They all ran to their parents saying “look what I made” and “see my pretty cross”.  So satisfying to see them that happy!!

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Electing a Pope

The process for electing a pope begins today. They will meet today to discuss when the conclave will begin.  The steps that go into The College of the Cardinals take to elect a pope are interesting and a great topic for religious education.  In the past couple weeks, I’ve gotten a couple great newsletters with some free items available to download.  I really wanted to share them so that you have access to use them at home or in your classroom.

Sadlier Religion has How the Catholic Church Chooses a New Pope here.  It includes….

How is a new pope chosen? This explanation of papal elections is written in child-friendly language as a way to explain the process of electing a new pope. Download and distribute to older children as a discussion guide, or use as a resource for explaining the process to younger children.

Download includes:

  • Beautiful custom artwork
  • Full-sized colorful worksheet
  • 2 small colorful worksheets
  • Optional black & white worksheets for quick copying

Phlaum Publishing has Electing a Pope here.  It is….

Resources for Teachers and Catechists

Who gets to vote? Where will they vote? How will we know when it’s done? The five fact sheets below provide answers to these and other questions students ask. Use them as handouts for older students, or as background information if you’re working with younger children.

Reproducible activities, for primary and intermediate grades, focus on the symbols and work of the papacy.

I also want to add this one that was shared with me from the Archdicese of Washington.  There are lots of resources here.  A synopsis says….

Catechesis on the papacy is an integral part of understanding Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign as Bishop of Rome, Successor to Peter. To assist with this, the Archdiocese of Washington has created catechetical materials and resources for use in parishes, schools and religious education programs. These resources have been created to support the work of pastors, teachers, catechists, youth ministers, RCIA leaders and homeschool families.

Be sure to check out all the other info and materials that are out there on this topic.  Should there be any more newsletters from the publishers that I receive, I’ll update this post so that you can check them out.

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Epiphany

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So today was our first class back to religious education tonight. I sure did miss my kiddos, but I wish I had just one more week to RELAX!! The holidays were so hectic and we’re already back in full swing again.

Tonight’s lesson was a little late, but I feel it’s an important one for the kids to know about.  Trying to do it before Christmas would have been too much and it wouldn’t have meant as much.  This way, it’s just a few days late and they should have been at mass on Sunday to hear the sermon.

We did Epiphany tonight.  I did my lesson and we went over key words.  They enjoyed learning about magi, kings, and wisemen….and then all being the same 3 men that brought Jesus gifts.  We did a Three Wise Men coloring page as our first activity after our class discussion.  BTW, that same site has some other great coloring pages!!

Tonight wasn’t loaded with things, as I like to work them back into the routine.  Sometimes at their young age, they can get overwhelmed.  Finally, we did a craft project that I created for them.  We made Epiphany Gift Boxes!!  These were fun to make and the kids had fun putting them together.  These have multiple uses.  They could make a gift for Jesus, or a gift for the priest, or a number of other things.  Actually the best part of class was listening to each one say what they were going to use their boxes for.  There was things like putting cough drops in them, hiding their candy in it, making something for mom and putting it in the box to give to her…..and they went on.

I recommend that you print these on card stock.  That way they’ll be nice and sturdy.  Also, I made the lid to fit over the box, but my kids thought it bothered the sides of the box, so they put the lid inside.  It fit well either way and I was surprised that even on the inside, they could remove it as they wanted.  Directions are included with the printable.

Here’s a preview of what these printable Epiphany gift boxes look like….

EpiphanyGiftBox byElaine SAMPLEGift box created by Elaine © 2013.  The three wise men © ColoringCrew.

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Paper Nativity

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the nativity.  It’s really what Christmas is all about.  I even have some nativities that stay out all year long.  There’s 2 of those, in fact!!  One is a music box and the other is a Native American nativity and I keep it in my curio since my house is decorated pretty much with southwest decor.

I try to pass the meaning of the nativity onto the kids in my religion class.  I encourage them to love Santa and the spirit of Christmas, but I also instill that there would be no Christmas without the birth of Jesus.  That’s the TRUE meaning of Christmas and that’s why we celebrate such a special day.  All the presents in the world don’t matter without what happened that night in the stable with the shepherds, 3 wisemen, and that wonderful birth of baby Jesus.

OurLittleBears WoodenNativityTonight, we have our class party.  This is the night for the kids to “let loose” and have some fun and eat some pizza.  However, I don’t let the night pass without some sort of lesson as well.  Our lesson will simply be doing a paper nativity craft.  My kids just love paper crafts!!  The one that we will be doing tonight is the Paper City Nativity Scene from Made by Joel.  It’s a beautiful one, but it’s simple for my kids to do tonight with the other party activities going on in class.  They can get it colored and cut-out with time to spare!!

My search for a paper nativity tonight led me to other great nativity paper crafts.  I’m going to share some of those links for you who might be looking just like I was!!  Some of them I might have shared before, but some of them were new to even me.  The first is another simple one and was my second choice for tonight.  It can be found at Kyrkkafe and was created by Susie Poole.  In case you can’t translate/read the page, scroll down to “Susie Pooles julkrubba” and click that link, which opens to the PDF file to download or print.  You can find a nativity scene at PaperToys.com in GIF or PDF format and also colored or uncolored versions.  There is also this Paper Christmas Crib, which will need to be translated too.  To make it easy though, just click on each character and the pattern will open.

Over at the Making Friends site, they have a paper doll friends nativity scene.  It takes a bit of ink as it’s all in color, but they do have a bw variety using their making friends paper dolls and have full instructions for whichever you choose.  Here is a nativity scene that’s as simple as print and fold!!  ScrapbookScrapbook has a beautiful free printable Christmas nativity.  I’ve done this one before and it turns out great!!  There’s a fantastic set of paper dolls and nativity at Design Dazzle.  These are so versatile!!  They can be used to retell the story as puppets/paper dolls, on a felt board, on a cookie sheet, and many other ways too.  There are some Christmas nativity paper toys at Samantha Eynon.  (I didn’t find these where it says that they should be to download, so if you find them, let me know!!)

There is “no room at the inn” that’s a paper nativity scene, circa 1976.  My Little House several Christmas nativity printables to check out.  First, there’s a pop-up card in color or bw.  There’s also a Christmas coloring tract to make for yourself or share!!  He’s also created the town of Bethlehem into a paper toy (in 4 parts).  It’s amazing!!  Just as amazing is his paper toy for the nativity story.  Activity Village has several nativity printables that include a mobile, finger puppets, felt board story patterns, coloring pages, and more.  MakingLearningFun has a full set of nativity toilet paper tube puppets.  At the same site, you’ll also find a nativity felt board set, nativity stable hang up, nativity story retelling pieces and many more things.  Just type in “nativity” in the search box on the home page and it’ll give a long list, about 3 pages, of printable nativity pages.

Deviant Monk has a nice and simple paper nativity.  Nativity finger puppets can be found at Craftaholics Anonymous.  Over at Prepared Not Scared!, she’s shared things she made and used for The Nativity Play.  You’ll find the story packet and a complete nativity scene to put on chipboard, felt board, or many other things.  You’ll find mobiles and dioramas at Daily Coloring Pages.  Kids can make a paper nativity from Faith Kids Sunday School Bible Bytes and it comes in color or bw.  At Design You Trust, they have a pop-up nativity (which links to the original creator site to download here).  The Redheaded Hostess has nativity paper dolls that are so cute!!

There’s a great paper nativity card at Amy’s Free Ideas.  There’s actually 2 of them….a quick nativity scene card and a deluxe 3-D nativity card scene.  One that I know I’ve shared before is the printable nativity for kids using toilet paper rolls at Catholic Icing.  They also have a printable nativity Advent chain that would be a great project!!  There’s a make your own nativity set at Marloes de Vries and it can be printed in bw or color.  The Simple Home has a build your own nativity that’s using basic shapes and is great for all ages.  At Lucy Paintbox, they have several free nativity printables in bw to color or in full color.  You’ll find a Christmas picture and cards, a color and cut out one-page nativity, nativity figures and a couple other things!!  There’s an easy diy nativity set at Prudent Baby that’s meant to be used on printable fabric, but paper would work as well.

Simply Better at Home has an easy and fun magnetic nativity project.  She gives directions how to make the magnetic board and a link to the nativity characters that she used.  One of my favorite sites is Ministry-to-Children.com and they have a printable nativity activity sheet.  There’s a nativity scene at Bob’s Crafts that has a skill rating of average for an adult and difficult for a child, but might be a great do-together project!!  This is a nativity color page and I know it’s not a paper craft, but I just really like it and it’s available in 2 sizes.  On the subject of nativity pictures to color, there’s 6 pages of them at NetMums, where you’ll also find a nativity scene Advent calendar.  Kids & Glitter has a nativity stable scene that will take some time to make and it will probably be a family project, but it’s something to be cherished for years.

Paper Crafts Square has a nativity set Version 1 and Version 2, which are linked to another site with the templates to download.  I think these have been previously shared, maybe in their original links, but still worth checking into.  The Wisdom of Gavroche has Christmas paperdolls for Mary (pregnant and with baby Jesus) and Joseph.  At DigiProp, they have a diy Advent calendar that’s a nativity scene and of all things, it’s made of match boxes!!  Sarah Jane has a nativity puppet theater that I’m just in love with!!  You’ll also find coloring pages and figures for the story, A Christmas Goodnight.  There’s a beautiful stained glass nativity here, here, and here….which were all inspired by each other.

If you’re looking to purchase, you can find these nativity paper dolls at Mo’s Digital Pencil TooBible Kids Fun Zone has lots of nativity printables, including a paper nativity craft on the membership site.  At Cottage Arts, they have a fold-out nativity project.  It recommends purchasing their kits, but it might also give you ideas to use things you have on hand or perhaps parts of the free paper crafts above.  Rainbow Resource Center also has an Easy-t0-Make Nativity Scene.  At Paper Model Kiosk, they have a variety of paper nativities for free and to purchase.  Over at Kiki & Company, you can get a free Paper Tots Nativity Set if you purchase the Christmas Countdown House.  On Etsy, you can purchase a nativity scene paper theater.

I think that’s about all the paper nativity crafts there is.  I did a lot of research on this looking for the right one to do with my class tonight.  I’m sure there’s more out there, but I don’t think that I missed very many!!  HAHA  I hope that you enjoy them and that you find one….or more….that’s right for you and your family or class.


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Advent Wreath – A Paper Craft

This week, I did an Advent Wreath paper craft with my class.  We had so much fun doing this.  It was quite a bit of work for them to do, but they loved being busy and seeing their final product.  They just love to take their projects home!!

This is a 4 candle wreath.  I know some households and churches place a white candle in the middle, but we don’t teach it that way.  You could print out an extra candle if it’s your choice to teach it that way in your class or home.

Here’s a sample of how this craft could be completed (click to enlarge)….

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There are several ways to decorate this craft.  Some suggestions are to use buttons or fake holly berries or add red glitter to the paper holly berries.  Use fake holly leaves on the wreath instead of the paper ones or add glitter to the veins in the paper holly leaves.  Candles could be colored with crayon, markers, or wrapped in tissue paper.  The flames could be covered in glitter and placed on the candle the week that the candle is lit.  There are also 4 labels to place on the candles for what each one stands for.  There are several possibilities for this paper craft!!

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I hope that you and your kids or class enjoy this craft project.  If you do this project at home or in class, please just leave me a comment or use the “contact” button in the right hand column.  I’d love to hear from you and see how your project turns out!!



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Books of the Bible – A Craft Project

We didn’t have class this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, so last week in class, we did a lesson on Thanksgiving.  The prior week to that, we did our Bible lesson.  This is always a great lesson with my kids, although they’re too young to remember every book of the Bible.

This year I wanted to do a craft project with them, as I usually don’t have one for this topic.  I decided to make my own.  It turned out so well, that I asked my wonderful talented hubby to do a couple drawings for me so that I can share this project with you all!!

Here’s a sample of how this craft could be completed (click to enlarge)….

For this project, the cross will be decorated.  We used tissue paper and it gave each of them a different effect.  Next, they simply colored the Bible.  For this one, they glittered the bookmark ribbon.  The Bible is then placed over the cross for final assembly.  It’s just a very simple paper craft for my little ones.

**NOTE**  This is for the Catholic version of the Bible!!

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I hope that you and your kids or class enjoy this craft project.  If you work or have older kids and would like a blank Bible for them to write the names of each of the books of the Bible, please just leave me a comment or use the “contact” button in the right hand column.  I’d love to hear from you and see how your project turns out!!



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A Lesson of Thanksgiving

This week, our lesson is on Thanksgiving.  Before I get to that, I just wanted to let you know that I do have a blog post about last week’s lesson.  It was on the Bible and I created a craft for it using images that I’d found, but I’ve been waiting for hubby to draw me some so that I could share it.  He’s now completed those drawings for me, so hopefully by this weekend I’ll be able to get it posted….and it will still be dated for last week since that’s when I did it and saved my draft post.

Now, onto this week’s lesson!!  I simply love doing the Thanksgiving lesson.  I teach very little, except to tell them that they should be thankful and why.  I then open the class up to telling me things that they’re thankful for and why.  Sometimes, it turns into a “competition”, but in a good way.  They start to realize all that they have at such a young age and when someone says something, they almost have to match it.  The reason why I like that part of it because they are so young and sometimes don’t realize what they do have for what they’ve been blessed with.  It turns out to be very enlightening!!

Here’s a thumbnail view of 2 of the activities that we’ll do in class….

The first activity is a coloring page with the pilgrims praying.  It has the Bible verse for Colossians 3:17 on it as well.  If you’d like to download this activity, just click to…..

The coloring book image comes from Calvary Baptist Church Online and is © Calvary Kids Pages.

The next activity is a coloring/drawing one.  The page says “I’m thankful for….” and the kids will draw something that they’re thankful for.  Then, I’ll have them write what it is on the line.  There is also one without the line for those that don’t want to have their kids write (or the kids can’t write quite yet).  If you’re interested in this thankful activity, just click to….

Clipart © Laura Strickland at My Cute Graphics and used with permission.

I hope that you enjoy these printables.  I’m sure hoping that my class does, but not too worried as they love busy work!!  I love comments and knowing that you’ve used my free printables at home or in the classroom, so please leave a comment or use the “contact” form in the right-hand column.



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Prayer

This week in class, we’ll be learning about prayer.  This is one of my favorite lessons to do with the kids.  They get so wrapped up in it and they just really soak it all up.  We discuss positions that one can pray in and place that one can pray.  I emphisize that we shouldn’t pray to ask for things and that there are many purposes of prayer.  I don’t go into the exact types of prayer because it’s just too advanced for my little ones.

The one main resource that I use is Teach Me About Prayer from Our Sunday Visitor.  We do pages from it and I discuss things on the other pages.  This book is perfect for the little ones to learn to pray and talk to God!!

One of the activities that we’ll do tomorrow is a coloring and writing sheet that I made.  This one is for the Glory Be, as it’s the first prayer that we learn each year.  They will trace the words to the prayer and the words in the coloring image.  Then we’ll say the prayer together and finally, they can color it.

Here’s a thumbnail view of the page…..

Graphic © Elaine and parts are from an internet source.

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I hope that you enjoy this printable.  I’m sure that my class will and I’ll be back to share more that we do!!



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