Decorate your classroom with this craft to celebrate the Assumption of Mary.
By Sara Jonckheere
Celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with this adorable handprint craft. Holy days of obligation can often be confusing for little ones as they try to figure out exactly what it is we are celebrating. With this craft, students will remember that Mary is going to heaven to be with Jesus forever and that is what we are remembering on August 15 each year.
Washable paint (blue, beige/brown/white, yellow)
Glue or glue stick
Soap and water to clean off hands
Depending on the level of your students, have them write “The Assumption of Mary – August 15” at the top of the white cardstock to serve as a reminder of this special holy day. They could also do this at the end once the paint is dry, but if they start with writing, they will know how much space they have to make Mary and the clouds surrounding her. Turn the page over so the writing is now at the bottom.
Have students paint one hand blue. (PRO TIP: If you want to minimize a potential mess and/or distributing paint to everyone, you can have them come to you, you paint their hands and place them on the page. This can be done one on one or in a small group. You can also have them work with a partner to help each other paint hands, put them on paper and then wash their hands.)
Place the hand on the page keeping the four fingers close together (or moving them back and forth) to create the bottom of Mary’s gown. Turn the page back so the words are at the top again.
With a paint brush, paint another blue arm (the thumb will be the arm on one side) and the rest of the fabric around Mary’s head.
To make Mary’s head, paint a circle on top of the handprint using beige or a combination of brown and white paint.
Use the yellow paint to create a halo behind Mary’s head.
Allow the paint to dry. Once it is dry you can use the marker to add eyes and a mouth.
Glue white cotton balls to the bottom of the page to represent Mary being in Heaven among the clouds.
Some students might want to take it a step further and add angels around Mary welcoming her into Heaven.
Allow the handprint pictures to dry and then proudly display to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15.
Sara Jonckheere is an elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She now creates digital curriculum and resources and shares teaching ideas on her blog, Sara J Creations.
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