When God was giving out artistic abilities, I was probably at the back of line talking and ended up with whatever was left. It was a long line that day.
It's not that I can't think of crafty ideas, but the implementing of those ideas, once they hatch, seems to elude me. So, yesterday I'm thinkng it's May, Mary's month, we should do some kind of Marian craft. I scouted around various places on the internet and gathered ideas. Then I tweaked them into a craft that was not only easy, but educational as well. And all I needed was some colorful paper (I used pink cardstock), scissors, scotch tape, and some very pretty pictures of the Blessed Mother I searched out on a Google Image search. I made a template for the size petal I wanted and pre-cut sixty petals and I printed out ten small images of the Blessed mother. I put the small ends of six petals together fanning out in a circular shape, and here's the tricky part... I used scotch tape to hold them together. Then I taped the picture in the center of the flower. I just made one to see if it would work, because many of my ideas don't. Once I saw it would work I gathered together ten homeschooling children.
I didn't plan on ten, it just worked out that way...ten Hail Mary's in a decade, ten kids. Coincidence? I think not. Each child assembled his own flower. Once the flowers were put together, on each petal we wrote a prayer petition. While the children were assembling their flowers, I talked a bit about flowers and Mary and how we hear the word ROSE in Rosary. We should think of our Hail Mary's as roses for the Blessed Mother, and a decade of the Rosary is like handing her a whole bouquet. Once all the flowers were done, each child got to lead a Hail Mary as they hung their flower on a string I had strung across an arbor in the yard. Very simple, and a very nice craft. It was perfect for a variety of ages because some of the older children were into decorating their flower more elaborately, and the pre-schoolers were really good at taping things together! Everyone was happy. This craft was embarassingly simple, so I decided against step-by- step photo instructions. Here is the finished product.
On the top are the finished products. Below are the flowers hanging after we prayed.
And no Catholic party would be complete without silliness and donuts!