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.