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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Soft Rosary Mat for Young Children {Great way to learn to pray}


These bags contain the most unsuspecting and most powerful weapon any kid (or adult) can own!
Yes, it's a rosary!!
But it's no ordinary rosary!
It's a Rosary Mat-Bag!

I found this to be the most fun and effective way to teach young kids how to say the Rosary!
They love the size and the softness, as well as, the colors and the "marker" or "stick" which they use to keep their spot as they pray. 

To make one you will need:
  •  clothe place mat or large felt sheet (about 18 by 12 inches)
  • pom-poms (enough for Rosary beads ~ 58 any color)
  • small piece of felt  (2 x 3 inch)
  • hot glue
  • Scissors
  • 12 inches of ribbon cut in two equal pieces 
    (ends burnt if they tend to fray) ~ optional
  • one pipe cleaner (any color)
First cut out a rosary center and cross from your small piece of felt. I made our Rosary centers heart-shaped.
Next lay our your pom-poms, felt cross, and center so a complete Rosary fits on your place mat.
You may like to use a marker to mark your "Our Father" beads in-case your place mat gets bumped. 
With the hot glue, glue down the Rosary center and cross. 
Then glue down the "Our Father" pom-poms.
Be sure to only put a small dot of hot glue on the bottom of the pom-pom and be careful not to burn yourself as you press it into its spot.
After the "Our Father" pom-poms are glued down, start gluing the "Hail Mary" pom-poms down. It might work better if you start on the pom-poms next to the "Our Father" pom-poms and worked into the center of the decades. 
 
This will help you to keep the same amount of space on each end.
I glued 6 inches of wide ribbon to each end of the place mat to create handles.
(You could sew them on if you like.)
First add a small strip of hot glue to the spot you want the ribbon to attach. 
Press the ribbon down onto the glue with the metal end of some scissors.
Metal works well for this so it doesn't stick to the glue. 
Then I added a little more hot glue around the edges of the ribbon and the place mat so it's more secure.
You may need to press it down with the scissors again.  
Now, one last thing... Take your pipe-cleaner and bend it in half.  Leave a looped opening at the end, big enough for a pom-pom to fit into. Twist the other end together to make the "marker" or "stick" for the kids to use to keep track of their spot while they pray.
This "marker" can be looped over one of the pom-poms when not in use so it won't get lost.
Then, the kids are ready to go!!!
Any where, any place, any time!
Hope you and your kids enjoy this!!
Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for us!
~Jennifer

By the Way: If you want one of these soft Rosaries but don't want to make it yourself, I have some for sale on my Etsy shop. Stop in and see our selection...

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17 comments:

  1. This is Awesome!!! Going to have to do this one!!! I just love all of your ideas!!! Pinning this one for later! :)

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    1. Thank you, Chelsey!! My kids just love them!! I keep trying to make a few to post on my Etsy shop but my older kids are calming them! So I guess older kids may like them, too! :)

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  2. Jen,
    Love this! Pinning! Thank you for sharing all the step by step how to and all the helpful pics.

    Your kids are adorable as well!

    Also thanks for hosting and for the email!. Even tho I have your button on my sidebar rdg "2nd Wed," I did forget to click over until I got your reminder!

    Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you, Chris! And thanks for linking up! I'm glad you and the other ladies suggested and asked to join in the email reminder list! I know how forgetful I can be, too! Life is too busy!!
      God Bless!

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    2. By the Way: Anyone else who's interested in being on the Email Reminder List for the Catholic and Living it! Link-up feel free to email me as ask to be added. Thank you!

      (5) Reminders are always a help!!

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    3. Oh yeah, thanks for the reminder email! (h)

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    4. Uh-huh, the reminder was much appreciated here too! Thank you for the wake up call... My how the weeks just slip by!

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  3. Thanks for the linkup. I love the Soft Rosary idea and will be sharing it on my Designs by Birgit Facebook page later on this afternoon. :)

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    1. Oh thank you, Birgit! You are so kind! (3) And thank you for adding your link! God Bless.

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  4. What a fun and creative idea to pray the rosary! My daughter will love this one! Thank you...

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    1. Thank you! And thank you for linking your inspirational post, too! (p) Praying for our priests!

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  5. Hi Jennifer! I am such a creature of habit, I tell you. I switched over to bloglovin awhile back and there were some bloggers I lost (for whatever reason.) You were one of them. At any rate, I realized how to get your posts into my ready and waa laa...I land here. And what a beautiful post/craft idea!!! My kids would LOVE making these. I have to teach our Little Women's group this evening and sure wish I would have seen this sooner :) Will definitely pin this! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday!

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    1. Hi Patty! Glad you are back! Google reader shutting down was difficult! I'm a creature of habit, too! Bloglovin is good, but I just can't seem to get use to it!
      Well, glad you like the rosary. They are a hit her at our house! Blessings to you and your family! :-)

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  6. Thank you Jennifer!! I finally added the link I wanted! I also added a button to my main page for my visitors to come here. I loved this new idea!!

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    1. Hi Xhonane! I know how time gets away! I'm just now responding to you! Thanks for adding your Rosary link-up link! There are lots of cute ideas there! God bless!

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  7. Want to make these for our school. What size pom-poms? 1 inch 3/4 inch 1/2 inch?

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    1. Oh, Sorry I haven't been checking my comments. It's been a busy week!
      I used the 3/4 inch balls, but smaller would work, too. I preferred the bigger ones for little fingers, but if you go too big you will have a hard time getting all 58 pom-poms on a regular sized place mat.
      Again sorry for the delay in a response.
      Best wishes and I hope that helped. God bless you for all you do in His name!

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