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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Crafts for Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

When we say the rosary, we reflect on the life of Jesus Christ. We remember the stories of his life, or the mysteries of our Lord. These stories are called mysteries because every time we reflect upon them we learn more about the Lord, our world, and our selves. Additionally, we refer to them as mysteries because we can never fully understand all there is to know about his life. This is why it is so important to continue to reflect and pray on these stories.

The mysteries are divided into four parts of Jesus’ life. They are joyful mysteries, luminous mysteries, sorrowful mysteries, and the glorious mysteries.

General Crafts for Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary:

catholicicing.com- Make a rosary book. A fun way to help teach your children the rosary. Visuals to teach them about all the different mysteries of the rosary (you can just make the joyful mysteries of the rosary).

equippingcatholicfamilies.com- Revolving Rosary

catholicinspired.com- Rosary Prayer Sheets

mommyerin.blogspot.com- Mysteries of the Rosary Box

The joyous mysteries are five stories about the birth and young life of Jesus Christ.

The Nativity
Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple
Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple

The Annunciation

catholicinspired.com- Annunciation Prayer Craft

Introduce crafts: Who told Mary that she was going to have a baby and he was going to be the son of God? The angel Gabriel.

books.google.com- Jacob’s Ladder
Just make the angel that is in this craft using cupcake liners and construction paper. You can also make the angel into a magnet by putting sticky-backed magnets on the back of the angel. (Crafts from Your Favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, pages 16 & 17).

Christmas Angel- A cute craft of an angel that is made from using the child's handprints. (From The Hands Of A Child by Anthony Flores, page 25).

frugalupstate.com- Easy Children’s Christmas Craft: Paperclip Angels

mssscrafts.com- Angel Crafts (lots of angel crafts posted here)

The Visitation

google.com- Hail Mary Crafts

ehow.com- Hail Mary Prayer Crafts for Kids

The Nativity

Birth of Jesus Story Wheel- Children turn their story wheel dials to retell the Bible story they learned over and over again. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke. Directions on page 37 - 39, craft template on page 40 & 44.)

Christmas- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 33 & 34.)
sermons4kids.com- A Promise Is A Promise group activities (crafts)

Holy Family crafts: If you have younger children, consider doing one of these crafts to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family: Holy Family scrapbook; Holy Family tree; Holy Family nativity set; Holy Family puppets.

pinterest.com- Family Trees

genoaschools.net- Family Tree Templates

pinterest.com- Simple Nativity Crafts for Kids

catholicicing.com- Feast of the Holy Family (crafts)

scrapbookscrapbook.com- Free Printable Christmas Nativity Children's School & Church Craft Project

designdazzle.com- Printable Nativity Set

noelladesigns.com- 3-D Nativity Printable

papergiftsforestefany- Nativity Crafts

catholicicing.com- Printable Nativity Set
This nativity craft was originally designed to be printed, colored, and glued around toilet paper tubes to make the pieces stand up. Since then, many readers have discovered that it’s just as good to print the pieces on card stock, and then use tape or staples to make them into a cylinder.

sarahanestudios.com- Nativity Puppet Theatre
To make and color with stage and background; free printable

lifeyourway.net- Popsicle Stick Nativity Puppets

hartofthemountain.blogspot.com- Printable Nativity Finger Puppets

Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple

catholicinspired.com- A List of Crafts for the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Have children create their own candle crafts to celebrate the presentation of Jesus in the temple. The candles symbolize that Christ is the light of the world, just as Simeon had said.

homemadeserentity.blogspot.com- Rolled Beeswax Candle Tutorial

abeautifulmess.com- Homemade Beeswax Candles

naturalsuburbia.com- Candlemas in the Southern Hemisphere

goldensunfamily.blogspot.com- Candlemas

makingfriends.com- Glowing Flowers
When you press flowers and leaves, they become thinner and light can shine through them. In this project, you simply decoupage pressed flowers and leaves to a votive cup and cover with tissue paper.

lonestarcandlesupply.com- How To Make Ice Candles

craftsbyamanda.com- Epson Salt Luminaries

sheknows.com- Stained Glass Candle Holder (scroll down to this)

marthasteward.com- Stamped Glass Candleholders

Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Jesus in the Temple (scroll down to Craft/ Activity on page 5)

greaterbirminghamchurch.org- Jesus in the Temple (scroll down to CRAFT on page 7 & 8)