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!