Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Divine Mercy eBook for Children - Great learning tool!


I mentioned in a post last week that Jonathan and I are working on an ebook to teach children about the Divine Mercy. Well, today I'm thrilled to tell you that it's now available for you to purchase!

This 36 page ebook is packed full of information to help you teach your kids about St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy! Aside from all the pages which include information about the history and meaning of the Divine Mercy, you will also find crafts and activity pages!


The book's topics include:
  • St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy (Life Summary)
  • A Summary of the ABC’s of Mercy 
  • A – Ask for Mercy 
  • Why do I need mercy? 
  • St. Faustina and the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy 
  • How do I ask for mercy? 
  • Learning the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy – Mini Book Activity 
  • Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet – Instruction Sheet 
  • B – Be Merciful 
  • How are we called to be merciful?
  • Jesus told us through St. Faustina (to be merciful) 
  • Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy - 3 Types of Mercy 
  • Unscramble the Works of Mercy Activity 
  • C – Complete Trust 
  • Trust Your Heavenly Father Just as Jesus Did 
  • Jesus’ Agony in the Garden Activity 
  • Jesus Told St. Faustina About Trust 
  • Prayer for Trust
  • Jesus Banner 
  • The ABC’s of Mercy - Recap Page
  • About the Divine Mercy Image 
  • Divine Mercy Coloring Page
  • Divine Mercy Stand-Up Image 
  • Create a Divine Mercy Picture From Felt (Including Liturgical Ornament and Banner)
All these pages are black and white so they are gentle on your printer's ink. The cover and the last page have color, but these two pages can be printed in gray scale with no problems.
A peek at a few pages
We recommend this book be used with children ages 10 and up because of the reading material which is included in it. However, children under the age of 10 can enjoy the art activities and some of the simpler topics. Feel free to include your younger children in the discussions and add your own explanations to help make this information appropriate for their level of learning.

Our family printed the ebook pages out and added them to a three ring binder (one for each child). Most of the pages stayed together in the binder but some of the crafts the kids made to decorate around our home.


I've also included the patterns for the Divine Mercy Liturgical Ornament. The ebook also has a larger pattern so you can create a banner to hang in your home.

In the processes of creating this ebook Jonathan and I have really deepened our understanding of the Divine Mercy and it taught us how necessary it is for us, our family, and our society.  We have enjoyed our time working together and we are pleased with the ebook and how it turned out. We hope you learn and grow from this book as well.

Buy it for $4.99 on Etsy or Sellfy:
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Have a blessed day!
~Jennifer





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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Resurrection of Jesus - Lego / Playmobil Coloring Page


I know I said I wasn't going to post any Easter activities, but I forgot that I had already promised my 10 year old that I would post a coloring page which she created. A promise is a promise, so I'm posting Elizabeth's wonderful Easter coloring page! And she is very excited to share it with you today! :-)

Elizabeth modeled her Jesus figure after Playmobil and Lego people.
The tomb behind him, was made to look like Legos.

Download it from our Members Area.
It's free and membership is also free!
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**Go to: Members Area >> Jesus >> Lent and Easter >> Coloring pages (Bottom of the page)

I hope you like her cute coloring page! 
Personally I think she did an awesome job! - But I'm her mother!

Have a blessed Holy Week!
~Jennifer (and Elizabeth)




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Monday, March 30, 2015

Too Many Irons on the Fire... Holy Week, Easter, School, Liturgical Ornaments, Confirmation, Divine Mercy, Laundry, etc


Lent, Easter, and Spring seem to be my busy time of year. I LOVE this time of year, but every late-winter and spring I fight just to keep myself from drowning in the stress of life. This year aside from our typical spring, Easter, and end-of-school stress we are also blessed to have our oldest son being Confirmed!
photo credit: Stress Reduction
Because of all that, I'm just going to give you a summary of a few of our past Holy Week and Easter activities. While I have done several Holy Week/Easter crafts and activities with my kids during the past month, I decided to just save them and post about them next Lent and Easter. I do plan to post about a Divine Mercy ebook, which Jon and I have been working on. I hope to have that out this week so you all can prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday.
Well, enough complaining, here is the list of our past crafts for Holy Week and Easter.

Click on the topic to see more ideas:

 

Liturgical Ornaments
I also want to tell those of you who are patiently waiting for more Liturgical Ornaments that they are coming. Due to other activities, Elizabeth and I have not had a lot of free time to work on them. So we are behind in our creation of them (actually we are still working on January). but we do have them coming - slowly. 
I'm hoping that we can get caught up during the summer months when school is finished for the year and we have more free time.

Have a blessed Holy Week.
~Jennifer
 


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Create a Fish from Palms and More...


Last year on Palm Sunday I tried a new way to "braid" with the palm branches. Really, this is more like weaving! Here is a picture of one of the woven fish I created last year:
I used the tutorial in the video below to create my palm fish. The lady in this video uses paper, but I recreated the same thing using strips of a palm branch. 
Please note: I discovered that the fish looked better if I place the fins of the fish under a few books till it was dry. This helped to keep the fins from curling.  Also you may need to tighten the weaving as the fish dries over the course of a few days. So these may seem like a little more work, but they are a cute christian symbol to have around the house. 

More Ways to Create with Palms
Here are a few other ways to braid palm branches:

The 2-Part Braid
It looks like 4 but really it's made with 2 parts.
View a past post and instruction video HERE.

Crown of Thorns made from a Palm
You can also make a crown of thorns with a palm branch.
(using half the "sword" as I did in the 2-part braid video). 
This is the same technique as the Paper Crown of Thorns, click here to see that post. The only difference is you tie the two ends together.

4-Square Braid
You also might like to see this post on how to make a 4 square braid


**Note: Please don't throw the scrap pieces into the trash!! They are blessed! The proper way to dispose of them is to bury them, burn them, or return them your church so they can burn them and use them next Ash Wednesday.


After you have braided your palms place them at your family altar or use them as decorations around your home.

Storing palms until you can braid them
If you can't braid your palms within an hour or two after Mass, place your palms in a zip-loc bag with a tablespoons of  water, seal it, shake it, and place it in the fridge. That will keep it from drying out until you can braid it! They should keep that way for a few days.

Have a blessed Palm Sunday
~Jennifer



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Monday, March 23, 2015

Sorrowful Mysteries - Coloring Page - All on 1 Sheet


My daughter, Rachel, created a set of coloring pages which focused on the Sorrowful Mysteries.  I shrank them all down and added them to one page. I felt that having 5 coloring pages for the kids might be a bit much for them to handle. It seemed like it could be time consuming and potentially boring for my kids to color one page for each mystery. Having all 5 on one page seemed to be more interesting and less mundane.

One of my other daughters, Elizabeth, colored the sample I have shown here.
(She used colored pencils.)



This coloring page is available in our Members Area.
The page is free and the membership is free. So sign-up
and receive access to this, as well as, all our free downloads. 
***Go to: Members Area >> Jesus >> Coloring Pages >> Sorrowful Mysteries

Thanks again to Rachel Maybeth for sharing your art work with us! And thanks to Elizabeth, too!

Enjoy! God Bless.
~Jennifer






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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

St. Patrick Mobile - Color, Cut, Glue, and Create! {Free Printable}


The March winds are here! So for Saint Patrick's feast day I made a fun project that can spin in the cool Spring winds. This St. Patrick Mobile is double sided so it can spin around and it will always look good. The swirly snake (a symbol of St. Patrick driving the snakes from Ireland) will dance as the mobile twists from the gentle breeze that is blowing through your windows!  


To make this you will need:
  • mobile printable (from Members Area)
  • crayons or colored pencils
  • scissors
  • hole-punch
  • glue stick
  • string, ribbon, or yarn (green is a great color to use for this)


Here's a peek at the printable sheets:
Download the printable in our Members Area
**Go to: Members Area >> Saints >> St. Patrick
Membership is Free!

After printing out the pages they will need colored.
This is the fun creative part! The children can color and decorate the pieces however they want.
(Do you like the St. Patrick drawing in this printable? My oldest daughter, Rachel, drew it!)

Color any design on the snake, too!
After coloring the pieces, cut them out. Also, I recommend that you color the back of the snake. This just looks a little nicer on the finished product.

Now, cut along the spiral lines of the snake to make a coiled spring.  Use the hole-punch to make a hole in the marked area on his head.

Glue the two ovals - back to back. Then, glue the two Trinity clovers/shamrocks back to back. Use the hole-punch to add holes to the marked areas, on the top and bottom of each piece. 

Use your string/ribbon/yarn to attach all the parts together.
Note: The pictures of our finished project show a white ribbon above the oval.  This was just something we add, but it's not necessary for the project.
Now, you have a two-sided mobile - Ready to spin in the March wind!
Hope you enjoy it!
My kids sure do!
God Bless!
~Jennifer

I also wanted to sent out a big "THANK YOU" to my daughter Rachel (pen name: Rachel Maybeth) for sharing her art work so I could make this craft! Rachel has her own art blog HERE.  I'm sure she'd love for you to visit! 



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Monday, March 02, 2015

Stations of the Cross ~ Lift-Flap Notebook Page and a Mini Booklet


Hi Everyone! I've added a few Stations of the Cross printable pages to the Members Area! One is a lift-flap notebook page and the other is a Stations of the Cross mini booklet! 
I used the notebook page for my younger kids. And we added these to their notebook (3 ring binder) which holds the many other pages we have made during the school year.
The mini booklets were great for my older kids, but also loved by my younger kids. They can be carried in their pocket or purse during this Lenten season as a reminder to meditate on the Stations and Christ passion whenever they have a few free minutes.


1. Lift-Flap Notebook Page

To make the lift-flap page you will need:
  • download - from members area
  • crayons or colored pencils (optional)
  • scissors
  • glue or tape

Color the images. Cut out the rectangles along the dotted lines and cut between the station's title boxes.  Glue or tape the top of each section in the proper place on the sheet which includes a black and white image of each of the stations. 
After you have it all glued down you can lift the flaps and see an image for the station's title.


This is available for free in the Members Area.
Join or sign-up HERE
It's all free!
Go to:  Members Area >> Jesus >> Stations of the Cross


2. Stations of the Cross Mini Booklet
The other file I've listed in the members area is a mini booklet! It's small enough to be carried easily in a pocket or a purse!
You will need:
  • the download - from the members area
  • colored pencils or crayons (optional)
  • scissors 
  • stapler 

Just color the black and white pictures (optional). Older kids often prefer it uncolored.
 Then, cut and fold the pages as directed in the pdf file. 
Instructions on how to fold the pages and assemble the booklet are included in the PDF.

This is also available for free in the Members Area.
Join or sign-up HERE
It's all free!
Go to:  Members Area >> Jesus >> Stations of the Cross

Both of these projects are easy to create, take very little time, and are not a huge mess to make!
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Hope you are all having an enlightening Lent!
Please pray for me and my family. I'm praying for all of you.
~Jennifer



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