What a week! Lots to talk about today! I mention here that I'll be devoting Fridays in my blogging to The Arts.
Well, this was a big week, a huge week. And so, we spent time exploring, in many ways, our solemn Lenten season, St Valentine's Day and, of course, our Holy Father's announcement.
I'd love to share our art projects from this week; they relate to the holiday, the liturgical year and the historic:
Play Dough Crown of Thorns:
Step 1: Create 3 strands.
Step 2: Braid
Step 3: Form crown
Step 4: Add "thorns" (toothpicks)
We'll be removing "thorns," representative of our sacrifices, symbolically easing Christ's suffering by doing so, throughout these 45 days. Since Lent has only been underway for a couple of days now; there's still time do this with your kids if you have not as of yet. ~:)
You can also find these crowns at Catholic Icing and Chasing Fireflies. We made our own variations of the crowns pictured there. Thanks to these ladies for such inspiring tips!
To learn more about the papacy and Papa Ben, you might like to look into these resources. While we researched and discussed the historical news of the week, the kids created from this site:
We crafted our own papal flags using cardstock and, yup, more play dough ( to make the symbolic keys.) We got the idea here and ran with it.
We also began watching this amazing movie on the life of Bl John Paul II. It's a bit over three hours long and given our other commitments, we've not had that much of a stretch to enjoy it in one sitting. Wow. Definitely memorable and eye opening.We're huge devotees of Blessed JPII; regardless, it is truly gripping!
Valentine Craft~John 3:16
First time we've actually done this pretty popular craft. How cute, how easy and how fun!
My younger son created this one, which I found several Valentine's Days ago here.
Some shots of the project:
Boards created by the boys, using math skills, of course, in order to measure and to decide which factors and multiples would be written on the boards. We played some fun, traditional "bingo," using "HEARTS" instead. ( Ex ~ H8 )
But we also practiced math facts.
For example~ "S 2x2x3" or "R 77 divided by 7" or "T 5 squared plus 3"
Of course, there were Valentine-ish prizes!
In this post, I share some resources that we use for our piano study and here's a fun recorder songbook.
Friends, have a wonderful, family-filled weekend...we have two more performances of Timmy's play, which were rescheduled after last weekend's blizzard. So happy that worked out. The show is brilliant! Also, two basketball games, weekly Lenten stations of the cross at which the boys are "serving," as well as a special mass on Sunday celebrating a giving and caring deacon in our parish. It will be busy, that's for sure, but I hope to squeeze in much home keeping and some fun family time as well.
Please feel free to share your art tips/ideas in the comments below. I'd love that an I'm sure others would too.
For my previous "Artful Friday" posts,
you might like to click below.....
They're all here if you'd like to dust off something from the archives:
( knitting, winter crafts, the theater and piano)
And, my son's popular guest posts on crafting rocket balloons,
both of which include instructional videos:
I hope you get a chance to click over and enjoy one of his posts!
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