PREPARING FOR EASTER

easter morning 10OUR JOURNEY TOWARD EASTER

As we go into this Lenten season, a time for reflection and sacrifice, we hope to deepen our relationship with God.
Giving up favorite foods, or enjoyable activities, is a choice of many. Others prefer to do good deeds for others. Whatever we choose, we do it to prepare our hearts and deepen our faith life.
During this time, doing art work that has a Lenten or Christian theme helps the children focus on their relationship with Jesus.
Lent is a challenging time that brings us closer to God, especially if we decide to make it so.

Check the projects shown in the Easter Projects Gallery for some ideas.  There are also Lenten projects listed in the different grade galleries.

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“HE HAS RISEN” DIORAMA

Resurrection diorama3I think this would be a nice Holy Week project, getting ready for Easter Sunday. Although this diorama is made only with paper, it could be changed, depending on how much time you have, by making the tomb and stones of clay. Also, a few copies of the hills could be made, to make a middle group and a front group of hills. Maybe keep the hills separated by using self adhesive foam strips between them.  The tutorial for making this project, “Resurrection Diorama,” is found in the Easter Projects Gallery in the sidebar.  Click on the above image for a close up view.

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TEN COMMANDMENTS ON AN iPHONE

iPhone-9Well, not really. But….                                                                 Imagine what it would have been like if God had sent the Ten Commandments as a message by iPhone instead of written in stone. Sometimes memorizing the commandments is a bit difficult for children. Do you think it would be easier for them to learn if the Commandments were an app on the iPhone?
I saw this Ten Commandment iPhone idea on Pinterest, but there was no tutorial, or templates for the project. I really love this idea and decided to make a pattern to share with anyone interested.     You’ll find this Ten Commandment iPhone in the Easter Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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THE WAY OF THE CROSS CIRCLE

my way of the cross-finished 5The Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, which is only about ten days from today. I’ve been thinking about this Stations of the Cross project for some time and wanted to get it published here in time for the kids to make their own “Way of the Cross” circle.
I’ve made two templates for the outside circle: One that is already designed and a blank one so the students can design their own circle. You’ll find this Lenten project, “My Way of the Cross Circle,” in the Easter Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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SWEET TWEETS

sweet tweets-1Whether making these for Valentine’s Day, or to celebrate the coming of spring, you and the kids are going to have so much fun making these little “sweet tweet” birds.These birdies are simple to make using plastic spoons, wooden doll pins and a wooden heart (or large button) to make the birdie stand. Paint, google eyes and feathers make the birds colorful and unique.
Very easy to make, paint and decorate.
Consider using the birdies as puppets.

Find the tutorial for Sweet Tweet in the Valentine’s Day Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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IDIOMS

Idioms are phrases that say one thing but mean something else. They are a little like puzzles: try imagining a picture or a situation that the phrase suggests and then draw what you hear, not what the true meaning is.

For directions and a list of idioms, look at “Idiomaniacs” in 5th Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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WHAT IF…..?

Just when you think you’ve seen it all…….,well, what if….?  The Second through the Sixth grades played this game by drawing a picture of what they imagined it would be like if certain strange things happened.  Everyone chose a “What if…?” from a list they were given.  The kids had a great time with this project….notice their drawings.  We glued a caption on each picture to tell which item they had chosen from the list. There is a list included in this project, but you can make up your own if you prefer.  The directions and pictures for “What it……. Grade”  can be found in 2nd through 6th  Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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VALENTINE HEART CARD

Nothing says loving like a homemade Valentine card with a heartfelt message. This is a very easy project that any grade can make.

Therefore you will find the directions for, “Valentine Card,” under the Valentine’s Day Projects Gallery  in the sidebar.

 

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STAR POEM

Happy star faces surround the framed poem about a star announcing the Baby on Christmas day.  It’s always fun to do a project with smiling faces—it puts you in a happy mood.  The kids will understand that Jesus is the reason we’re celebrating Christmas.   The younger kids could do this, but I chose the 4th grade because of the amount of cutting and the size of the stars. This project, “Star Attraction,” is found under the 4th Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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