to purchase the fabric and make the learning set on your own – a very quick and simple DIY project that can be done either sewing it or without sewing. Scroll down for instructions.
Our learning set is an act-out educational resource made out of soft fleece. It teaches Pascha stories and traditions in a hands-on, Orthodox-focused way.
It consists of:
– Nineteen learning pieces.
– A background mat, which can also be used to store the pieces.
ORTHODOX CONCEPTS TAUGHT BY THIS SET
Using this set the children will be exposed to the following Orthodox Pascha traditions, practices, and concepts:
TRADITIONS and PRACTICES
- Placing the Epitaphios inside the Sepulcher and decorating it with flowers.
- Offering flower wreaths to the Crucified Christ.
- Lighting the Pascha candle.
- Key phrases from Orthodox Pascha hymnology.
- Important Pascha icons: “Extreme Humility”, Epitaphios, “He is not here”, “Touch me not”.
SCENES and CONCEPTS
- The Crucifixion and Burial.
- The Theotokos’ Lament.
- The angel showing the empty Tomb to the Myrrh Bearers.
- The Resurrected Christ appearing to St. Mary Magdalene.
- The Resurrected Christ usually shown in white/golden colors and surrounded by a mandorla.
- The Tomb in Orthodox iconography looking like a box – just like Christ’s manger in the icons of His Nativity.
This is an educational resource to help teach Orthodox Christian children. Please be mindful when using, washing or storing it, since it depicts holy objects and images inspired by icons, which in real life are treated with reverence. Finished item not suitable for children under three years old.
Our Lord is crucified. The Theotokos is very sad… We offer flowers to the Crucified Lord.
Our Lord is risen from the dead! The angel lets us know that He is not in the Tomb anymore.
The Risen Lord appears to St. Mary Magdalene.
Orthodox Pascha traditions: The Epitaphios and the Pascha candle.
MAKE-YOUR-OWN LEARNING SET
For a very easy DIY project, our fabric can be ordered from “St. Tabitha’s Workshop” online fabric shop, to cut and make your own learning set. The preparation mostly involves cutting the pieces, all the instructions are printed on the fabric, and there is very little to no sewing required.
Below we demonstrate a very quick and easy way that requires no sewing, and can be done together with the kids. After we cut out all the pieces, we used fabric glue to attach the pocket. An even easier option is to skip using the pocket altogether, and just roll up the pieces inside the background mat for storage.
You can find this and our other DIY Fabric Learning Sets at St. Tabitha’s Workshop, an Orthodox-focused online store specializing in fabric items.
Cut out all the pieces following the instructions on the fabric.
Fold the pocket to the back of the mat.
Spread fabric glue on the edges of the inside of the pocket except the top.
Glue the pocket on the back of the background mat.
Place a heavy book over the glued pocket and let stand for 1-2 hours, or until completely dry.
To store the pieces after using, place them inside the pocket. Roll the pocket inside the rest of the mat. Secure with a ribbon.
You can staple the ribbon on the edge of the mat so it stays connected to the mat when it is opened.
Instead of using the pocket for storage, place the learning pieces on the mat, roll the mat up, and secure with a ribbon.
READY to LEARN!
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Special thanks to Presbytera Destinie of Ascetic Life of Motherhood for exploring the set with her sweet little children and sharing wonderful photos with us.