Part of our handwork this week was making a fall mobile and I thought I’d share with you this easy way to do this craft.
What you need:
- Colorful leaves (we collected ours on our nature walks)
- A stick
- String (we used floss)
- Pine cones
How to do it:
- Melt the beeswax
- Lay all the leaves in wax paper or aluminum foil
- Once beeswax is melted dip each leaf and lay them back down to dry (this preserves the leaves)
- Get string ready
- Tie each leaf on as you’d like finishing with a pine cone on the bottom for weight
- Tie another string on top of the stick one end to each side
- Find a great place to display your craft!
This was fun to do with kids because they got to pick the stick and leaves and pine cones so everyday was a treasure hunt looking for our items when we went outdoors. Next weeks handwork kites!
Today during our co op we are getting ready for Pascha!
Using the Catechism of the Good Shepherd program we did our Liturgy of Light presentation. Since here in seminary we really do not have the space for an actual atrium I have to modify my lessons and include a craft for the kids whenever it is my turn.
We gathered in the class today and all the kids were excited to be back since we have had sort of a hiatus for a while. The energy level was high and I knew it was going to be a sort of strict teacher day. We had the altar set up with the purple cloth first and remembered our church colors song and purple for preparing and white for celebration.
After the song I switched the altar cloth to white and put the big Pascha candle on it with flowers and the Good Shepherd icon. We talked about how Jesus walked on this earth and he said many things but one thing He said was that “I am the light of the world” as I said this I lit the big Pascha candle.
I then called out each child by name and gave them their own blank candle and we learned the Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen greeting for Pascha. Then we processed with our candles 3 times singing the Christ is Risen troparion. Afterward the children sat down and I called each one by name to light their own candle from the big Pascha candle. They stood there for a little bit as we turned off the lights and saw their candles light up the room.
For our craft we decorated the Pascha candles with puff paint and put ribbons on them so the children can use it for the Pascha service and the procession. It was a joy to see their faces light up.
What you can do at home:
- Make your own Easter vigil candles
- Get puff paint from Joanns or Michael’s
- Dye Easter eggs together
- Make a Easter basket for the priest to bless after the service
- Buy fresh flowers for the house
Hope this is helpful in your Easter preparation.
DIY nativity set
We had always wanted to get a nativity set but never end up buying one so what to do?? Make one!
Does not look super professional but the boys love it. It goes nicely with our lesson about the birth of Christ and advent season from the catechism of the good shepherd lesson plan we use to learn about the church.