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: 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). Revolving Rosary Rosary Prayer Sheets 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 Annunciation Prayer Craft You Shall Call His Name Jesus activities (crafts) A Visit From an Angel group activities (crafts)

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).

Doily Angel- A pretty angel made out of a paper doily. (The Kids Can Press Jumbo Book of Easy Crafts by Judy Ann Sadler, page 78 & 79). 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). Angel crafts with directions (page 5 – 7) Angel Crafts 30+ Angel Crafts for Kids Beautiful Christmas Angel Craft for Kids Angel Crafts

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). Easy Children’s Christmas Craft: Paperclip Angels

The Visitation The Gift of Love group activities (crafts) Mary Visits Elizabeth group activities (crafts) Elizabeth & Mary (Luke 1) | Craft #1 Elizabeth & Mary (Luke 1) | Craft #2

The Catholic Toolbox- Hail Mary (scroll down to crafts)

The Catholic Toolbox- Rosary (scroll down to crafts)

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.) 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. Family Trees Simple Nativity Crafts for Kids Feast of the Holy Family (crafts) Printable Nativity Set

papergiftsforestefany- Nativity Crafts 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. Nativity Puppet Theatre
To make and color with stage and background; free printable Popsicle Stick Nativity Puppets Printable Nativity Finger Puppets Printable Nativity Finger Puppets Printable Nativity Scene Made by Joel Nativity Scene (free printable)

Baby Jesus in a Manger- A little manger with baby Jesus is just right for little hands. Even though this comes from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to do. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 47 & 48). Paper Bag Manger Scene

Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple A List of Crafts for the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple Simeon and Anna crafts (scroll down to these) Simeon and Anna Foldable Anna and baby Jesus

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. How to Make Rolled Beeswax Candles Homemade Beeswax Candles Candlemas in the Southern Hemisphere How To Make Ice Candles Epson Salt Luminaries Create Your Own Etched Glass Candleholders (it's Easy!) Faux Stained Glass Votive (scroll down to this) Create the Look of Stained Glass with Sharpie Markers and a Jar Stamped Glass Candleholders Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders

Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple Jesus in the Temple (scroll down to Craft/ Activity on page 5)

Young Jesus in the Temple (Story Wheel)- Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 37 & 38. Losing Jesus group activities (crafts) In My Father’s House group activities (crafts) Left Behind group activities (crafts) Jesus In The Temple Craft Mary and Joseph had to find their way to Jesus whom they accidentally left at the temple. 12 Fun DIY Maze Activity Ideas for Kids (st Temple Craft (scroll down to this) Find Jesus in the Temple Craft (scroll down to this) Young Jesus (in the temple) Young Jesus (this craft ties into the idea that this child is developing into the man who will one day fully claim the title of Christ)

Introduce craft: When Jesus was a little boy, where did he get his toys? (They made them). We are going to make us a toy(s) to play with.

Ring and Pin- Make a handheld "ring toss" toy. (The Picture Book of Kids' Crafts and Activities by Roxanne Henderson, page 98).

Stick and Ball Game
You can also make this with just a paper/plastic cup instead of a laundry scoop. Use a paper hole punch and make a hole in the cup near the rim to tie the string to.

Here is another version of the craft above using a plastic laundry detergent cap:

Make a hole near the top of the rim using a drill prior to class. Cut twine to about 2 feet long. Have students tie one end of the twine to the lid through the hole you just drilled. On the other end of the twine tie a large bead to it (2 beads if they are small).

To play- Hold the cup letting the string hang down. Swing the bead up and try to catch it inside the cup. For competitive play, whoever gets the most catches out of 10 or 20 tries wins.


Unknown said...

Just wanted to say THANK YOU! Thanks for sharing your faith and creativity!

Amazing_Grace said...

You're welcome! :)