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Visualizing the Sign of the Cross

Activity Objective:
To give the children a visual experience demonstrating that when they pray the Sign of the Cross, the motions form the shape of a cross
Lesson Outcome:
The children will connect praying the Sign of the Cross with the memory of the cross on which Jesus died.
  • Craft sticks (two per child)
  • Glue
  • Two or three small bottles of craft paint (bright color or glitter)
  • Provide each child with two craft sticks.
  • Instruct the children to glue the sticks together in the shape of a cross.
  • Pass the paint around to each child. Ask them to repeat the words to the Sign of the Cross while placing a circle of paint (like a jewel) at each tip of their crosses. Top Tip: In the Name of the Father, Bottom Tip: the Son, Right Tip: and the Holy, Left Tip: Spirit. Amen.
  • Tell the children that this craft-stick cross should remind them that every time they pray the Sign of the Cross, it is a reminder of the cross Jesus carried for us.
Learning Styles:
Body Smart,Word Smart
Approximate Time:
20  minutes
Encourage the children to keep their crosses somewhere visible so they see them when they pray.