This is a great craft to do when you are teaching kids about saying grace before meals. We used the classic Catholic Dinner prayer for this craft. I found this craft idea over on the Catholic Toolbox along with other grace before meals activities for kids. Thanksgiving is a good time to do this craft, but it’s always good to be thankful for your food.
Catholic Dinner Prayer:
Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
- Large paper for placemat (we used cut up paper bags) and assorted construction paper.
- Disposable plates, silverware, and cups
- White paper (for “napkins”. Don’t use real napkins because they’re nearly impossible to glue down.)
- White glue
- Catholic Dinner Prayer print out
Start by crafting a placemat. We wove some placemats for ours. Here are some great directions on how to weave placemats with kids.
I thought I would do something a little easier than weaving for with my preschool class, so we did apple stamping to decorate the placemats. I told them all about how the Trinity is like an apple before we started.
For easy apple printing, cut your apple in half, squeeze some paint on a paper plate (we used tempera paint) and put your half-apple in the paint. To make an easy handle, stick a corn-on-the-cob-holder into the apple. (be careful that the children don’t remove the holder from the apple because it’s very sharp)
As long as kids are still having fun with this, let them stamp as much paper as they want.
After you’ve made or decorated your placemat however you like, glue on a disposable place setting. We used white glue. You need to be generous with the glue. Hot glue will probably stick more long term.
Don’t forget to glue on the before dinner prayer! It fits right on your plate.
When the glue dries, these can hang right on the wall so your kids will always remember to say grace before meals!
Even though kids pick up on the dinner prayer pretty quickly if you’re praying it before all your meals, it’s good to take the time to talk to them about it, what it means, why we say it, and about being thankful in general. Sometimes it’s easy to fall into the habit of saying it and never bother actually teaching about it. How do you make sure your kids understand grace before meals? Tell us about it in the comments!Pin It