When I taught 2nd Grade CCD, my favorite "first day" activity was tracing each child's outline and having them color their portraits. They added their names and a few of their favorite things around the border. This took nearly the entire class, however, and I wondered of there was an easier way to accomplish the same activity.
Then I came upon this "It's All About Me Tee" Poster. Create your template and then run it through a photocopier on large size paper. Have children draw and color their info, share their creations with the group, and then hang around the room. You can even customize with a section on "Favorite Saints," "Favorite Things God Created," "Favorite Bible Quote."
Please share some of your own favorite "Back to School/CCD/PSR activities below!
Summer is the typical season for setting new goals and envisioning changes in your Faith Formation programs and processes. It's also a good time to:
It's time to kick of another catechetical or school year! In this age of the New Evangelization, what are you doing to give a special welcome to new children, new families, or even new catechists? Please share your favorite beginning of the year activity, icebreaker, or technique below.
VBS was always my favorite event of the year! Themes, crafts, outdoor games, engaging scripture lessons that got kids up and moving -- this was my kind of faith formation.
Which VBS is your parish using this year? With which other churches are you collaborating? What fun ideas have you used in the past? What do you plan this summer?
At St. Patrick, Youngstown, we invited ourlocal fire department to bring one of their pumper trucks and asked parents to send their children with swimsuits and towels. The firefighters climbed into the basket on the high ladder and sprayed water all over the parking lot as kids ran through. Teen helpers monitored the little ones to prevent falls, and even some catechists got in on the wet fun!
Share your best VBS ideas below!
We are looking for your BEST Advent activity or craft for children, youth or adults. Feel free to post it below so we can all share the joy of Advent with those we lead/teach!
What's your favorite activity for All Saints or All Souls Day? Here's mine!
LIVE SAINTS TREE (OR BULLETIN BOARD)