It was a super fun way for them to learn about eight different saints, make a craft, and eat a cool snack. I think I had more fun just watching all the children learn and be excited to come. I didn't really care if they learned anything or not, just the fact that they are forming friendships with good, virtuous children is what matters most to me!
I even heard a few say each week, this is the best day of my life. Wow. I guess Jillian and I accomplished our goal!!
SAINT ANTHONY of PADUA
CRAFT: decorated pots and planted basil
SNACK: goldfish crackers and gummy fish in blue jello
Legend has it that St. Anthony was preaching near a lake and all the fish came to the surface of the water and stuck out their heads to listen to him preach.
BLESSED IMELDA (I forgot my camera)
CRAFT: First Holy Communion picture frames
SNACK: host cookies (sugar cookies with a cross on them)
SAINT ELIZABETH ANN SEATON
CRAFT: backpack chains
SNACK: edible crayons
We went with the school theme since she is started the first Catholic school in America.
This was my most fun snack to make and they were so yummy!!
SNACK: lamb cupcakes
CRAFT: hand print lamb ornaments
BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA
SNACK: trail mix
CRAFT: tee pees
CRAFT: candy cane ornaments
SNACK: hot chocolate with marshmallows, peppermint stick
Since her feast day is December 13th, we decided to have Christmas in July. The kids thought it was so cool to drink hot chocolate and candy canes. It was only 90 some degrees out.....
We even managed to sing some christmas songs!
SNACK: dragon cupcakes
CRAFT: jeweled swords
For a different approach in teaching the lesson, we tried the game of telephone. The kids made a huge line and we started by saying something about St. George. It was just cute to see them whispering in each others ear, especially the little ones!
We knew St. George would be a hit with them! Who doesn't love St. George and the Dragon? Swords....oh ya!
CRAFT: tool belts
SNACK: giant cookie from Eileens
They got to color a coloring sheet of the saint each week.
In honor of this being the last Summer with the Saints, Maria dressed up!
As we ended this last meeting we asked the kids if anyone wanted to come back next summer to learn about more saints. They all shouted YES!!
May God bless these dear little ones and keep them safe and close to HIM, protected from all evil and harm. And may Saints Anthony, Imelda, Elizabeth, Agnes, Kateri, Lucy, George, and Joseph all interceed for each one of them.
Thank you Jillian for all the time and effort you put into this and for having the desire to put such a beautiful, fun activity into action. I will always admire your creativity!!