Sign of the Cross Necklaces

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Sign of the Cross Necklaces

Activity Objective


To learn the gestures for the Sign of the Cross.

Lesson Outcome


The children will pray the Sign of the Cross.

Materials


For each child:

  • two tongue depressors
  • a length of yarn approximately 18 inches long
  • a marker
  • glue
  • a piece of masking tape

Directions


  • After reviewing the words and meaning of the Sign of the Cross, tell the children they will be creating necklaces to help them remember the hand gestures that accompany the Sign of the Cross.
  • Have each child put a dab of glue on the middle of one on the tongue depressors. Put the other tongue depressor on top of the first tongue depressor so that they form the shape of a cross.
  • Then have the children put a small amount of glue on the tips of each end of the yarn and press the two ends together on the back of the top vertical tongue depressor.
  • Cover the ends of the yarn with the masking tape to hold it in place while the glue dries. Have the children write their names on the backs of their crosses
  • On the front side of the cross, have each child write the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 according to the order in which the prayer is said.
  • The number placement should correspond to how the child will wear the necklace—that is, the number 3 should be written on the right side of the cross so that it is on the child's left side when worn.
  • Have the children practice praying the Sign of the Cross using their necklaces.
  • Tell the children to take their necklaces home and to use them as a reminder to pray the Sign of the Cross often.

Learning Styles


Art/Space Smart, Body Smart

Approximate Time


20 minutes

Hints


You may want to have some paper towels on hand to clean up any glue spills.

Have enough supervision to make sure the children don't eat the glue.

Sensitivities


If there are children in your group with special needs (physical, visual, hearing, language, or behavioral disabilities), adapt the activity accordingly.