I’m a little late posting for All Saints’ Day, but there’s never a bad time to teach your kids about the saints, right? I wanted to share a very simple craft that I had the pleasure of testing out on a group of Kindergarteners last year. My daughters go to a Catholic school which has “Houses of Faith,” a Harry Potter-esque system where students are placed into one of four houses which not only compete against one another in things like field day and Box Tops for Education drives, but each house also gathers for special prayer and social events throughout the year. Practically, this serves as a way for older and younger grades to interact and for the 5th & 6th graders to really be involved as mentors for the younger kids. It’s ingenious and adorable!
The four Houses of Faith at our school are: St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Scholastica, St. Anselm, and St. Catherine of Siena. So, when I volunteered to help with a craft for my daughter’s Kindergarten All Saints Day class party, I wanted to be sure to incorporate all four of these special saints. The lesson I wanted to teach was:
The saints are our friends in heaven who help carry our prayers to Jesus.
The result was a coloring and pasting craft of each of the four Houses of Faith saints, holding a parchment that says, “MY PRAYER.” The kindergarteners were given their house patron and a brief intro which explained the idea of asking our special saints to pray for us from heaven, just like we might ask our parents or friends to pray for us here on earth. Here’s my little St. Scholastica, since she’s patroness of my daughters’ House.
All you need is:
- scissors to cut out the saint (you can do this for your kiddo in advance if that’s easier!)
- crayons/colored pencils
- card stock, any color
- glue stick
- gold paper doily (I found mine at Michael’s in the scrapbook/paper section)
We took time to color our saints and fill out our prayer requests– the kids can either write them out or draw a picture. My favorite moment was when one little girl raised her hand and timidly called me over. I leaned in close so she could whisper her question:
“Umm, I didn’t know what to write for my prayer. So I put, God I love you. Is that an okay prayer?”
I stood, trying not to slip in the puddle of my heart as it melted all over the floor, and affirmed her prayer as being “very good. Perhaps the best!” She seemed pleased by that answer.
Next, we glued on the doily so our saints had nice, bright halos. Then, we glued our saints down– but only put glue on the midsection and leave the arms free. When you have pressed your saint down on the paper, fold the arms across so they hug the child’s petition.
Voila! The kids were encouraged to take this prayer home and ask their saint to pray for them. If my daughter was any indication, the follow-through on that last part was probably pretty lacking. But oh well!
I’m happy to share my saint drawings with you in case you’ve got a craft day on the horizon during this month of November. Be sure to print both front and back so your saint still has hands when you fold it over. Please feel free to share your results, as well as your favorite ideas for teaching our kids about the saints!
Download PDF which includes (in order):
- St. Scholastica
- St. Catherine of Siena
- St. Anselm
- St. Thomas Aquinas