Preparing for Pentecost!

It has been a busy month for us, so please excuse my absence! I had wanted to share some ideas for Ascension (not to mention Sts. Constantine & Helen), but the time just got away from me. But I couldn’t let Pentecost pass without sharing a few great ideas I found online.

How lovely is this windsock? Dawn at By Sun and Candlelight shares how she made it with her children using construction paper and ribbon. Though it is a little hard to see, the seven streamers hanging down have flames with the gifts of the Holy Spirit written on them.  What a fun and simple project to make with kids of all ages.

Here is another version, from Ten Kids and a Dog.

Or for the little ones, how cute are these tongues of fire crowns (from Cultivatedlives.blogspot).

Or for the older kids, paper doves? These are from FlyingSquirrelpress.blogspot, and though there is no tutorial, they look to be made from one sheet of folded white paper, and one dove shaped cut-out. Another idea could be these origami doves made from paper doilies (though plain paper could be used as well).

Here is an easy paper plate craft, from crafolic.com, that includes the free printable to cut out and color, then glue to a paper pate.

And here’s another fun printable from crafolic.com: a Fire & Wind Pinwheel that uses a pencil and pipe cleaner.

And finally, what would a birthday (for the church) be without birthday cake? These Tongues of Fire Cupcakes are made from mini marshmallows and colored sprinkles.  For a simpler look, you could use paper cutouts of flames as your toppers, or a little birthday candle for each cupcake. Then you can tie in the “wind” when you blow them out!

Or how about one, big cake, with strawberry “flames”? Laura from Our Joyful Noise shares this about her cake:

Basically, the cake should be white, to represent the Holy Spirit. The 12 strawberries around the cake represent the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit. The 7 strawberries on top cut like hearts, represent the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The center big candle is Christ our Light, and the 12 smaller ones around symbolize the 12 apostles. The flames of course, symbolize the tongues of fire, and my kiddos supplied the rushing wind when they blew them out. (I think I got that all right.)

Wishing everyone a joyous Pentecost!

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Sunday of the Paralytic Story Set

 

On this Sunday, the Sunday of the Paralytic, we commemorate the miracle of Christ healing a man who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years, as told in the Gospel of John 5:1-15. I wanted to create another little set to tell the story to my daughter, so I dug around in my supply box and this is what I came up with!

 

These are 3.5 inch peg dolls, larger than those I have used for the CGS presentations, that I had purchased a long time ago for another project but never made (you can find them here, 4 for $5). The clothes are once again simple felt rectangles with a slit cut in the middle, tied with belts of felt or trim.  Because I wanted the paralytic to be able to pick up his pallet, I added pipe cleaner arms, and made the pallet out of a cereal box (Christ’s halo is the same cardboard painted with gold acrylic paint). Since the cardboard is so light, the pipe cleaners can hold it up; I had wanted to make the pallet out of wood but soon realized that would have required more substantial arms! Finally, the pool is just a piece of blue felt cut in a free-form shape.

 

Hopefully my little gal will enjoy retelling the story with this little set. It is so neat to see her beginning to use these materials to internalize the Gospels.  At our evening prayers the other evening, she chose to set up the Last Supper (Cenacle) presentation and the scene of her sitting in front of it was so beautiful I couldn’t resist snapping a quick picture.

(Don’t worry, we were right there to monitor the lit candles!)