This Little Light of Mine Craft

Catholic ABC’s Week: 17
Letter of the week: L
Theme: Light (This Little Light of Mine)
Saint of the Week: St. Lucy (and btw, Lucy means “light”)
Craft: This Little Light of Mine

Supplies needed to complete this craft: (All of these supplies are available at the Dollar Tree)
  • Disposable Punch Cups
  • Plastic Tea Lights (or real tea lights)
  • Assorted colors of tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Paint Brush
I got our plastic punch cups at the Dollar Tree- 12 for $1. The kids in my preschool co-op class are only 2, so I thought this would be best. If you’re working with older kids, you could actually do this craft with something glass (also from the Dollar Tree). 
Also because my kids are 2, I went with fake tea lights. These I also got at the Dollar Tree, 2/$1. I later saw them in a different section of the store 3/$1. They come with batteries and everything!
Start by cutting the tissue paper into little squares. Just fold it up a bunch of times before you start cutting and you will be able to cut like, a million squares at a time. I usually limit the color pallet for my kids when they do crafts. I gave them only yellow, lime green, and pink tissue paper. You can achieve orange by layering.
Mix your glue to be about 2 parts glue one part water- just eyeball it. I mixed it in the extra punch cups. Then stir until mixed. Have each kid turn their cup upside down on the table, and paint the outside with the glue mixture. Stick the tissue paper on as you go. Encourage overlapping for experimentation with color. If they have the patience, also paint over the outside of the tissue paper with the glue to make it smooth. This technique is called decoupaging.

When the glue is dry, put the candle inside and let your light shine! The effect of the candle behind the tissue paper will be similar to stained glass. Here’s how it will look in the dark:

Be sure to sing “This Little Light of Mine” and act out ‘hiding it under a bushel’ with the kids. They will love it!

Grab Bag Ideas for the Letter L: (be sure to check out the Classroom Script fordirections on using the grab bag.) Lizard, Lilac, Lion, Lamb, Lollipop, Lipstick, Locomotive, Lotion, St. Lucy Holy Card.

For More Resources, check out the Catholic Toolbox lesson plans for the Letter L. (Her L lesson is on Loaves and Fish.)

Catholic ABC’s runs here at Catholic Icing every Wednesday with the newletter of the week. You can get the details of this program by checkingout the Classroom Script.

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Christ the King Craft

Catholic ABC’s Week: 16
Letter of the week: K
Theme: King (Jesus is King or Christ the King)
Saint of the Week: Blessed Kateri
Craft: Jesus is King

I knew I wanted to make “K” week about Jesus being king, but coming upwith a craft was harder than I thought it would be! I wanted it to be aclearly religious king craft. There are already so many secular kingcrafts out there, so there’s no need to waist my time re-creating thewheel, are you with me? Lol!

Materials Needed to Complete This Craft:

  • Fun Foam (or substitute construction paper or card stock)
  • Decorations for crown (Examples: glitter glue, stick on jewels, markers, stickers, etc. We used glitter glue)
  • Hot Glue (grown up use only)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • School Glue
  • Styrofoam Balls (or substitute pool noodles)

Start by cutting the foam or paper into a crown shape. You can cut a regular, flat crown shape, but if you curve the shape a little the crown will have a cuter shape when the craft is complete. Older kids should be able to do their own cutting.

Let the kids decorate the crowns however they like. I lightly drew a “K” on my daughter’s crown and let her trace over it with glitter glue. She did a pretty good job! Mostly I let her free style it because she loves to be creative!

You need 2 popsicle sticks to make the cross. Shorten one of them with some scissors, and let the kids glue them together and decorate the crosses as well.

When your decorations dry, it’s time to put it all together! Carefully saw a styrofoam ball in half with a sharp kitchen knife. Use your cool glue gun to attach the foam around the base of the ball. Then your kids can stick their cross in the middle of the crown!

If you’re looking for a cheaper option, I found that a slice of pool noodle worked just as well as the styrofoam. The only difference is that you’ll have to make a small slit with a sharp knife for inserting the cross- it won’t work to just stick it straight in. You can get pool noodles for a dollar and get enough to make probably 75 of these, so the pool noodle option is infinitely cheaper. I can get sryrofoam balls at my Dollar Tree, but they are a pricey craft supply at special craft stores- up to several dollars each! Here’s one we did with a pool noodle slice:

FYI- you can also get packages of these for $1 at the Dollar Tree:

Thanks to everyone on Catholic Icing’s facebook wall who bounced ideas with me about how to make these crosses stand up! You guys are a great crowd and I love talking to all of you!

Grab Bag Ideas for the Letter K: (be sure to check out the Classroom Scriptfor directions on using the grab bag.) Kitten, Koala bear, Kangaroo, Ketchup packet, Knot, King, Key. (Avoid anything starting with “Kn” that doesn’t make the classic “K” sound. That’s confusing for kids.)

For More Resources, check out the Catholic Toolbox lesson plans for the Letter K. (Her K lesson is on King Solomon.)

Catholic ABC’s runs here at Catholic Icing every Wednesday with the newletter of the week. You can get the details of this program by checkingout the Classroom Script.

I’m very pleased with the results of this craft, and Lydia (my 4 year old) absolutely loved it!

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Religious Snowflake Crafts

There are so many great snowflake crafts around, and if you can work some religion into craft time, I say “why not?”.  I’m sure you’ve all heard about the religious snowflake stuff. The basic principal is that no 2 snowflakes are the same, but they’re all beautiful. God makes all of us different, and we are all special too. We have a great religious snowflake children’s book called The Tiny Snowflake. It’s a story about a tiny snowflake trying to figure out how God made her special in the world. It’s really cute and my children request to read it often.

I found these beautiful doily crafted snowflakes
on Design Sponge. They’re so dainty!

I love these easy woven snowflake crafts
I saw over at the Crafty Crow!

I couldn’t love these colorful snowflake cookies more!
Find the complete decorating tutorial on Our Best Bites.
Make some cute edible snowflakes from tortilla shells
with Family Fun. Aren’t these cute?!
Creative Jewish Mom crafted 
These crafty snowflakes, spotted on U Create With Kids,
are made using regular and epsom salt.
I love these borax made snowflakes from 
All Things Heart and Home.
Learn how to quill a snowflake with Reese Dixon.
I love this simple snowflake resist idea from 
Art Projects for Kids.
And here’s the religious snowflake book I mentioned
above. By the way, the main snowflake’s name is Lacy. :-)
Tiny Snowflake Picture Book
I know we’re going to be crafting some snowflakes this week to go with our book! It’s certainly cold enough in this old farmhouse to have snowflakes on the mind! Lol! ;-)

J E S U S Craft – Make an Optical Illusion

Given that the month of January is dedicated to the holy name of Jesus, I thought this would be a perfect Catholic craft for this month! If this only looks like an abstract mess to you, trust me- the picture below actually says Jesus 4 times:

This is supposed to be an optical illusion, but I’ll be honest and say I can’t not see the “JESUS” when I look at it anymore. However, for anyone who’s lost, you have to look past the popsicle sticks to see the word “JESUS” in this craft. Look at the one below and see “JESUS” written in purple:
I hope I haven’t lost anyone. :-) To make this craft, you’ll just need some popsicle sticks, paper, glue, and scissors. Popsicle sticks actually cut nicely with a nice, sharp pair of scissors, and you can get colored popsicle sticks at the Dollar Tree.
Start by gluing 2 popsicle sticks together long ways, overlapping the ends a bit. You will need to make 2 of these. Then cut 3 popsicle sticks in half (making 6 little half pieces) and glue them between the two long sticks like ladder slats. You need it to create 5 boxes total, one for each letter in “Jesus”. It’s best if the first box for the “J” is a little narrower than the rest.
Then glue on little pieces of popsicle stick in each square to create the letters J E S U S. The letters don’t look perfect, but it is neat. I think the word actually looks a little digital.
I thought it would be cool to glue some colored cellophane behind this one and tie on a piece of yarn to create a Jesus sun catcher. Here’s how it turned out:
Here’s one that was crafted with multi colored popsicle sticks
and glued onto black paper. I think it’s a little harder to
read than the others. My husband says he can’t see this one at all!
It is easier to glue the popsicle sticks down onto paper or foam board then it is to create them “free standing”. This craft is a little advanced, so I think it would be appropriate for middle school aged kids up to adults. It might be a great craft to do with a high school youth group. Speaking as a former art major, this craft would be an excellent art project for studying positive and negative space. You could also use this to study contrasting colors. I really like the one that is yellow and purple, and I’m willing to bet it looks good with other pairs of contrasting colors as well.
My daughter loves running her fingers through the popsicle sticks and tracing the letters in “Jesus”. Could you instantly tell that it said “Jesus”? Was it hard to read? Please let me know what you thought in the comments. Thanks, guys! :-)
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