Big Fun for Catholic Kids! {and a giveaway!}

When I was at the IHM Conference, I got to catch up with Frances from Illuminated Ink. She has become a true friend! I really love the resources her company provides for Catholic children, and I’ve written about her grotto craft kits here before. When I asked her what was new this year, she showed me these gigantic posters for Catholic children!

I will admit (even though I know Frances reads my blog- Hi Frances!) that when I first saw these, I thought, “What in the world am I going to do with that?” I also thought that children wouldn’t have the patience to color something so big. I was certainly proved wrong!

As soon as I came home from the conference with this poster, Lydia was absolutely enchanted! Warning: Objects in this picture are larger than they appear!

Another thing I asked Frances about these posters is… what in the world do you color them with? Her answer? Whatever you want! Lydia just used regular ‘ol Crayola Markers.

She colored for hours and stopped for a break only when I made her put her pajamas on. I’m tellingΒ  you- she loved it!

So now that I had this ginormous Catholic poster that my daughter colored (and was unbelievably proud of) what in the world was I going to do with it? Frances says she has them on her walls, and even her ceilings! After some thought, we decided to cover Lydia’s bedroom door. We had to cut about a foot off the top and bottom to get it to fit, then a little cut-out for the door knob. A little packing tape to hold it and- TA DA!!!

Needless to say, Lydia is thrilled. πŸ˜‰

I think these make super cool door covers, and I think they would be especially great for covering doors at Catholic schools. Don’t school teachers always decorate their doors? They would also be great to hang in the hallways at Catholic schools, or hallways at home. They really are 8 feet of fun!

Another idea for using these posters: Put them on your dining room table, cover with a clear table cloth, and let your kids color them with dry erase crayons! Isn’t that awesome? You can color them again and again! Frances had a St. Michael poster set up at the conference like this for the kids to color, and it was really cool!

I’ll tellΒ  you what, I’m totally sold on these dry erase crayons! You’d think they’d be a pain to wipe off, but they’re not at all. We’re totally getting some!

I’m going to order a St. Michael poster to have out like this at Mark’s police academy graduation (since St. Michael is the patron of police officers, and there are going to be tons of kids at the party!) These would be cool at All Saints’ day parties, May crownings, church picnics… any Catholic event really. Whenever they’re all colored, just wipe off and let the fun start over again!

These posters would make a great gift for Catholic kids anytime! I would especially recommend them as presents to your Godchildren, or for First Communion students. Here’s an example of how nice these can look once they’re colored:

These posters come in 6 designs: Hail Mary, Sacred Heart, St. John Vianney, St. Michael, Totus Tuus, and Year of Faith. You can see and order the posters here. Now we get to the good part- Illuminated Ink is giving away six of these awesome Catholic kids posters to Catholic Icing readers- one of each design! Yay! To enter, just put in your name and email address below. I’ll be drawing a winner later this week! πŸ™‚

If you are reading this post in your email, you will have to click over to my actual site to enter the giveaway. The giveaway is for US Residents only. If you live internationally, you may enter, but you will have to pay the shipping for your poster if you win. One entry per person. There will be 6 winners. Even though it says to enter your link below, just enter your name and email to enter. Good luck!

*Update!* The code for the inlinkz thing is being weird. If you’re having trouble entering, just leave a comment letting me know you’d like to be entered. Thanks!

Entries for this giveaway are now closed and the winners have been emailed. Thanks to everyone who participated!


 

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  1. Awesome

  2. deltaflute says

    For some odd reason it won’t let me link up. laura_flute (at) yahoo (dot) com

  3. I love Illuminated Ink. How did these awesome door signs slip under my radar?! Thanks so much for showcasing them…hope that I win one!

  4. Neat! Love the dry erase crayons idea.

  5. These look like so much fun! The whole family could make it a project.

  6. Love this!! I am going to have to order a couple of these!

  7. Very cool posters. My kids are really into coloring right now so these would be perfect. I tried to sign up for the giveaway but couldn’t. I put in my name and email, and then got stuck at the add image step. How’d everyone else by-pass that?

  8. I’d love to enter the contest! Thank you for sharing this awesome resource.

  9. Those posters look awesome! I wasn’t able to signup for the giveaway because it was asking for an image. Not sure what that meant!

  10. Alexandra says

    I really like both ideas putting it up on a bedroom door or covering it with a clear shower curtain and using dry erase crayons. Thanks for the giveaway, Illuminated Ink!

  11. Stacy Bierman says

    Thanks for sharing Lacy. My kids would love those posters too. Great idea for Sunday School class too and then use them to decorate the church.

  12. I had the same problem Nicole- not sure how to get around that part. The posters are so cool!

  13. Samantha L. says

    I missed the Conference this year! My hubby had to work Saturday, too. Out with kidney stone surgery, Mary bless him and protect him. I heard your stand was wonderful! My friends told me all about your cake! AND she bought your book – which I already have – now to get the Mass missal! I am so excited…. a great focus point for my kids… and I love II…. ahhh… we are so blessed to have such a wonderful Catholic community! I think we are going to use it for our liturgical seasons PrK / K coop on Friday’s for our homeschoolers πŸ˜‰

  14. Nicole, I tried and had the same results. I hope this comment counts as an entry if I can’t get it to work. This seems really neat! I am a first year teacher at a Catholic school and have been looking for fun ideas to decorate while learning about their faith.

  15. Thanks for the chance to win! My girls would love these posters to color πŸ™‚

  16. Bev Rucker says

    My dd wants one for her birthday!

  17. Very nice! We would love one!

  18. Awesome! I’d love to win these!

  19. these are gorgeous!!! link is not working, please enter me in the contest!!! thanks and God bless you!!

  20. Great giveaway! These posters are awesome! Please enter me in the contest – I couldn’t do so through inlinkz. Thanks you πŸ™‚

  21. I couldn’t enter through inlinkz- would you please enter me? cschrem@yahoo.com Love these posters!

  22. Could you please enter me in this contest? Thanks!!

    rainbowosmondfan@aol.com

  23. I couldn’t enter through the link. smgbulletin@frontiernet.net
    Awesome posters!

  24. elizabeth b says

    I would love to use these in the classroom IF I get a job teaching in another Catholic school for the fall. I will be attending the IHM conference in Tampa tomorrow πŸ™‚

  25. I remember seeing these and figuring they were for church settings…what I great idea though…I have a Mikey, so would love St Michael for him…wonder if she will expand…could use a St Joseph, St Patrik, and St Robert πŸ˜‰ Maggie ~ hamfam00@att.net

  26. Margaret says

    Our kids would LOVE to win one of these posters.
    Can’t link up though. Please enter us.
    We really like the dry erase crayons too. The colors are so vibrant.
    However, our 3y.o. would peel off the paper and it can get messy, especially if they don’t stay on the plastic or dry erase board. πŸ™‚

  27. Cindy C. says

    Hi Lacey,
    Please enter me into the contest. These are so COOL!
    Please come to the Michigan Catholic Home Educators “It’s Great To Be Catholic!” Conference next year over Fathers’ Day weekend! And bring Illuminated Ink with you… they don’t come anymore :o(

    • That’s right…I haven’t seen them in a while. Here is another vote for Lacey and Illuminated Ink to come to Michigan next year. πŸ™‚

  28. I would love to enter the drawing for the giant posters – I can already see these hanging in our church!
    kguglielmoni@stveronicaoffice.com

  29. Please enter me!

  30. I’d love to enter the contest. I got Catholic A,B,C’s and my granddaughter and I love it!! She would love the posters!

    Thanks.

  31. We would love to win one of these! Many willing little people to color here!

  32. Thank you so very much for the opportunity! We love Illuminated Ink too.

    Blessings

  33. Please enter me to win. These are wonderful!

  34. These would be great for vacation bible school! Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me into the giveaway!

  35. Those are so cute! Please enter me

  36. What a great idea, please enter me into the giveaway. eilin@cox.net

  37. Shelly Ferry says

    Love it!

  38. Gabriela Diaz says

    How awesome are these. I would love this giveaway.

    Thanks,
    Gaby

  39. These would be beautiful for my preschool classroom.Thanks for your wonderful site. Please enter me in the give away.

  40. CarrieAnne says

    Maybe it’s my iPhone but I can never get these things to work! Please enter me in the giveaway.

    So thankful you continue to build this website!!! What a great ministry.

  41. Margaret Mary says

    Illuminated Ink is a fantastic, creative resource. I love seeing them at the MN Catholic Home Ed conference!

  42. My kids would love one of these.

  43. These are cool! Please enter me in the drawing!

  44. Beautiful!!

  45. I love this idea!

  46. I’d love one of these posters!

  47. Becky Keller says

    Thanks for sharing these look great!

    I can’t get the link to work either so please enter me too!

  48. Would love to be entered! How fun and what a great Catholic creative thing for my kids to do!

  49. My girls would love this!

  50. Awesome resource and such great ideas! Makes me want to spend the day coloring!

  51. Brigitte Siller says

    It will not let me enter…. it is asking for me to upload a photo, and then says I can’t upload a photo? I would really like to be entered. I am a Catholic school teacher and would really really love to have these in my classroom.
    Thank you!

  52. Love Catholic Icing, and love these GIANT posters!!!! πŸ™‚

  53. Please enter me. These would be great for ourhomeschool co-op. Thanks!

  54. Very cool!

  55. Please enter me, thanks so much!

  56. I would like to be entered into the drawing. My husband just became principal at a Catholic school and I can’t wait to show him.

  57. Amanda Michalik says

    We would love this! Thanks for letting us know about it!

  58. I’m having trouble entering this contest through inlinkz. I’d like to be entered. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  59. Kristina Tice says

    All the teachers at my Catholic School love your site! Please enter me in the contest.

  60. douglas lain says

    This is cool, can I be entered?
    douglas@icparishdayton.org

  61. Lauren Brown says

    What a wonderful way to show our faith! Love to have one of these…

  62. Donna DiMaggio says

    Please enter me in the poster give away…Thanks!!

  63. I tried to enter, but couldn’t. What a great way to keep the kids busy on a hot summer day!

  64. Aixa Jaume says

    Can you please enter my name on the contest for the poster?
    Thanks and God bless!

  65. I love these! I’m a Catholic school teacher and would LOVE to win one to use this coming school year! Amazing and fun.

  66. Erin Cassidy says

    I’d love to be entered in the drawing! The link thing didn’t work for me. Thanks!

  67. Diana Hernandez says

    I would love to enter the contest. My email is ecoloveandlife@gmail.com

  68. Debby Bird says

    please enter me in the giveaway, These look like to much fun

  69. It isn’t working for me. Please enter me!

  70. I would liked to be entered for the poster contest.

  71. Cynthia Wong says

    Cool posters! I would love to have one for the Religious Ed program at St. Philip Neri parish in Portland, OR. Please enter me in your giveaway. The linking program didn’t work. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  72. Elizabeth says

    Love these! Enter me in the drawing please πŸ™‚

  73. Heidi Altamirano says

    What a great idea!!! With summer here, can’t you imagine taking one of these on a camping trip…taping it to cardboard, putting it on top of the picnic table and let the children color!

    Thank you so much for sharing this product!!!

    I too tried to enter the contest but it would not let me link up….

    Heidi Altamirano = hidealtamirano @yahoo.com

  74. Summer Lewis says

    Hi, could you please enter me in the contest for the BIG posters. Please and thank you my email is summer.lewis@cnbmd.com once again thank you and I LOVE your website!!!!

  75. Britta Kreps says

    I would love to win one of these for my super artsy daughter. She would spend hours coloring it and adorn her bedroom door, too, I’m sure.

  76. Sharon Doucet says

    I would love to win these.for my pre-school! I love your site! Thank you.

  77. Anne Marie Fritton says

    These look great! I would love to enter the drawing. Would you please include my name?
    Thanks!

  78. I also couldn’t use the link but would love to win! Can this be my entry too?

  79. Angela Bonzani …….joypowers9@aol.com

    going to have to get some!!

  80. oh wow, these are SO COOL!!!

  81. Dianne Feltz says

    I would like to be entered to win a poster. My kids or my godkids would love a project like that in this heat.

  82. Jaci Lawrence says

    These are great!

  83. Julianne Hyma says

    Please enter me in your giveaway. Even my boys will love these!

  84. Very cool! please enter me in the contest!

  85. Kathleen says

    How creative! I’d love to win, but couldn’t enter with the link above. Thank you!

  86. Cynthia Caton says

    Wow – I would love to see these in our home-school classroom! Hope we’ll see them at the North TX IHM conference! πŸ™‚

  87. Christy Green says

    These look wonderful, we would love to win one!! Thanks πŸ™‚

  88. Would love to win one, but the linky thing wants me to upload a picture for some reason?? Please enter me with the e-mail associated with this post. Thanks, Lacy! LOVE YOUR STUFF!!!!

  89. Thanks for the chance to win!

  90. Very cute! Would love to win one for my children.

  91. Would love to win one of these. Thanks for being so awesome!

  92. Very cool! Thanks for the convincing review/write-up. I’ve always walked right on by Ill. Ink at the conferences but I’ll definitely stop at their table now! In His Most Precious Blood~ Linda

  93. Stephanie says

    I can’t get the link to work either. Can you please enter me jshiggins@embarqmail.com

    Thanks and God Bless!
    Stephanie

  94. Jennifer Nagel says

    Hello-

    Hoping to enter here, too, for one of those amazing posters. What fun my children would have with one of those “whoppers”!

    Thanks!

  95. Lauren B says

    Nice giveaway! Thanks! My kids would love to win this! πŸ™‚

  96. These are lovely! They’d be great to use in school. Please can you enter me too?
    Thanks a lot Ax

  97. This is great! Love these. Please enter me.

  98. What a great idea! I love the door coverings. My boys love St. Michael – he’s the ultimate super hero. I’m think this would make a great gift for all three of them.

  99. Kelly Edwards says

    I’d love to be entered in your contest to win one of the giant posters, so so cool! πŸ™‚

  100. Sonia Loretan says

    Having trouble too so would appreciate my name to be entered.

    thanks,
    Sonia

    These are fabulous will definitley order them for the year of faith!!! Thanks for the tip.

  101. It didn’t seem to work for me … But please enter me! Thanks πŸ™‚

  102. I’d love to be entered to win. These look like fun!

  103. Jennifer Busse says

    Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!

  104. What a fun group project to color! I want to be entered in the contest as well.

    Thanks – Shelley

  105. Francine says

    Please enter me to win one of these! THANKS!!

  106. Debbie Rinke says

    Please enter me in your drawing. Very cool!

    Thanks πŸ™‚

  107. The link isn’t working for me. Would you enter me in the drawing? Thank you.

  108. Veronica says

    My children would LOVE one of these beautiful posters! Please enter me in the contest…hoping to win one. Thanks so much!

  109. Alicia@through-my-is.blogspot.com says

    Please enter me, Lacy! I NEED one of these for my REP classroom! We colored a little banner last year and they loved it! I know they would go nuts over this!

    scrugglenamp (at) aol (dot) com

  110. Tamara Musella says

    Hi! I’d like to be entered into the drawing for the giant posters! They are wonderful!

  111. Kathy Bielecki says

    The link thing was acting weird for me too. Can you please enter me in the giveaway? These are super cool!!

  112. I’m not sure if my entry went successfully through on inlinkz or not so, I’m entering here to make sure.
    These posters are a fabulous idea!

  113. Amy Garner says

    I would REALLY love to be entered! I am beginning year 1 as a 1st grade teacher in one month at Little Flower. My classroom’s name is St. Michael the Archangel!

  114. Amy Garner says

    oo and my email is awilson614 at gmail.com

  115. Veronica says

    Definitely interested! =)

  116. Tina Rossi says

    I love your blog so much! Thanks for all you do. Can you please enter me in the drawing as well! Blessings!!

  117. I’d love to win!

  118. Nikki Leafgreen says

    I Love these!! Please enter me to win… I teach 7th and 8th grade Religion in Texas an would love to use them in my classroom. Thanks!

  119. These are awesome! We are huge fans of Illuminated Ink!!

  120. Just letting you know that I’m very excited that next week (Mon., Wed., and Fri.) I’m doing a VBS at our house for my daughters (4 and 2) and some of their friends and using a lot of ideas from your blog and book.

  121. Please enter me. I would love to win one.

  122. LOVE it!! My 10 YO would love this!! She’d be coloring for days!!

  123. Thanks for taking comments, I kept trying all day yesterday and couldn’t get it to work!
    My niece would LOVE this for her birthday in August!!

  124. Would like to enter.

  125. I am not sure that my entry went through. I would love to be included in the giveaway. Thanks!

  126. Helen Stevens says

    Hi, I work at a Saint Mary of the Assumption Church, Milford, MA in Religious Education. Those would be an an awesome addition to our hallways. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  127. Dear Lacy – I think I entered, but the inlinkz-thing was giving me error messages. Could you enter me, please? I LOVE the clear table cloth and dry erase crayons idea — brilliant! We have six kids, so there’d be plenty of space for everyone to wield a crayon. THANK YOU so much for sharing these gorgeous posters! We’ll be making your pool rosary this summer, too! πŸ˜€

  128. I can’t get the little button to work. I would love to win one!
    I like the Year of Faith one. I could put that up in my religious ed center.

  129. Would be grateful to be entered. Thank you for your generosity!

  130. Caroline McDonald says

    Love them. Thanks for the chance to enter. These are perfect for the classroom when you’re trapped inside due to weather, or have a crazy schedule.

  131. Something all the kids could color at the same time. What a neat idea! Please enter me.

  132. I have the Dry Erase Crayons… but haven’t tried them yet…. looks like a good reason to try them out!

  133. I’d like to be entered please! Link button is acting up… Thanks!

  134. Hi Lacy. I can’t get the button to work correctly, so here’s my “entry”. My kids would love this! thanks!

  135. Kim Barnes says

    Wow!

  136. Christina Jacobs says

    I love the poster!

  137. Josefa Villarreal says

    I like to enter the contest these are awsesome!!!!

  138. Courtney says

    Would love to enter the giveaway! Thanks!

  139. I use your ideas at Children’s liturgy and also pass on ideas to my local catholic primary school – Sacred Heart – that would be a great poster to win! Many thanks for your ideas! MoragM(dot)stewart(at)ukgateway(dot)net

  140. Please enter us in the contest for the posters ~ my girls would love these!! Great job, Illuminated Ink!

  141. Thanks for the giveaway! We saw some Illuminated Ink products at our local conference, and I was really impressed. Beautiful designs and very affordable. I will be visiting their website this year for Christmas, Easter, and 1st Communion gifts. πŸ™‚

  142. As my older daughter said “those are cool!”. I would love to be entered to win one. Thank you!

  143. My girls would love those!! Crossing my fingers for a win. πŸ™‚

  144. valerie duffy says

    thanks! valliebaby@hotmail

  145. It won’t let me enter either… my email is loramv@yahoo.com
    These are great posters!

  146. These are fantastic! I would love to win one of these! Thanks for doing this, Lacy.

  147. We love these! Please enter us (the group) in the contest too. We will be ordering these to use in our group classes.

  148. Wow! These are great! Please enter us!!!
    amandamoncla@gmail.com

  149. Lindsay K says

    Wow, these are amazing! Please enter us! Thanks very much!!

  150. i love all your great ideas! i would love to be entered to win! carolynlesher@yahoo.com

  151. Kim Hovey says

    I’d love to be entered! hovey.kim@gmail.com

  152. love these

  153. These posters are very cool and would make a great birthday present for my daughter!

  154. Robyn Costello says

    I would like to be entered!! How cute!;)

  155. The are adorable! Hope we win!

  156. I’d love to enter the drawing for the free poster…it is a GREAT idea for doors for Catholic schools!!

  157. I would love to sign up for the give a ways for the posters.

    What a great website you have…keep up the great work.

  158. Oh, these are neat. I want one for the door to my schoolroom. Or to take to our co-op meeting with that clear tablecloth idea!

  159. Kathy C. says

    Please enter me in the poster giveaway – Thanks! The posters look awesome!

  160. I would love to enter to win but can’t get the link to work! Please sign me up!
    BTW, I love your blog! I don’t have time to read it all the time but I am getting a link to a post from friends weekly now! Keep up the greatness…also, thanks for the explaination about how this is not the place to post negative thinks about your family or self…this is your positive spot. Reminds us that read that you do have bad days just like the rest of us but don’t “hang it out for others to see”, as all of us shouldn’t be doing!

  161. Kelly May says

    Please enter me into the drawing, I think they are great!

  162. I love these! I’d like to enter too. And if I don’t win I think I’ll order one anyway. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for supporting us with such great ideas!

  163. Melissa Dimarzio says

    I would like to enter the drawing! Thank you and God bless.

  164. Ona Corkrin says

    Please enter me into your drawing – I would LOVE to have one, especially the Sacred Heart, to color with my granddaughter (and any other grands else God sends us!) After homeschooling for 18 years, my kids are a little old for this, but I’ll bet they’ll grab a crayon or marker to help out the little one!!!

  165. samantha says

    I would love to enter……link not working…..saw these at IHM also………..amazing!

  166. Emily Hernandez says

    We’d love to be entered or a chance to win! I tried to enter through the link, but it wouldn’t work for me. BTW, we love our preschool curriculum we ordered from you this past school year – lots of great ideas! Thanks so much!

  167. Angela Wichman says

    I’d love to win one of these. My 9 year old went crazy happy when she saw them

  168. Connie Parsons says

    I had trouble entering the giveaway. Could you please enter me? Great idea for a table cover. It could be used for kids parties.

  169. Kathryn Murphy says

    Please enter me in your giveaway! bluiis @ gmail . com These would be great at our next family gathering. I bet all the nieces and nephews would love coloring this. I could see these working in my CCD class as well!

  170. Elizabeth Richardson says

    Thanks for the great idea! I just love the ideas on your blog – we have so much to share with our faith and I really enjoy seeing other people enjoying it also. My children and I have tried different projects (not all of them – I’m not as organized as you! πŸ™‚ ) and we have enjoyed them all.

    Thank you and God bless

  171. Theresa McG says

    What an awesome idea! Please enter me in the drawing!

  172. We LOVE their grotto kits! Can’t wait to try these..Please enter me in the contest. Peace!

  173. Tanya Chang says

    Great posters! Please enter me into the drawing. Thank you!

  174. Kristy Cirillo says

    Put me in the giveaway Lacy!!!!! These are wonderful!

  175. Camila Irwin says

    Can you entre me: Camila
    Email: Camila[dot]irwin[at]gmail[dot]com

  176. I would love to be entered into the contest to win the posters!
    My Pre K/K class at Holy Cross School would love these!
    Thank you!

  177. Michelle H says

    Those look like BIG fun. I especially love the idea of covering it and having the kids color it at a party. Please sign me up for a chance to win.

  178. Gretchen P says

    Thanks, I’d love to be entered!

  179. April Hayes says

    These would be great for decorating the classroom doors in our education wing!

  180. Hi, please enter us in the contest! Thanks and God bless.

  181. These are beautiful! Please enter me. Thanks!

  182. I think I’m entered and hoping to win!! Very neat feature!

  183. Samantha Levesque says

    I’d love to enter this as well. Although I am international, I don’t mind paying for shipping – my kids would love this!

  184. Lynn Relyea says

    Unable to use link. Please enter me in your contest. Thank you! ~j~

  185. Enter me – My kids love to color. The covering with clear plastic to color was very inspiring – thanks!

  186. I am unable to use the link, but please enter me in your contest! I have your preschool book and love the ideas! Thanks for sharing your talents!!

  187. These are SO COOL! Wouldn’t that be amazing to have a printer that big? wowEEE! Thanks for the contest πŸ˜€

  188. I couldn’t get the link to work, please enter me in the giveaway if it’s not too late. This would be a great activity for my K5 youth group. Thanks for the giveaway.

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