Spend less time planning, and more time exploring the Sundays of Great Lent, while working on creative projects together with the children.
The kit contains printed templates for each Sunday of Great Lent. We are also offering additional resources to help organize enriching religious education sessions.
Teach about the Orthodox Great Lent in a HANDS-ON, MULTISENSORY, AESTHETICALLY PLEASING way, that children and adults will remember for years to come!
At home, one craft can be done every Sunday of Great Lent, while exploring the day’s celebrated theme.
At Sunday School or at a Great Lent retreat, the crafts can also be done together as a teaching unit on Great Lent.
GREAT LENT CRAFT KIT
What are the crafts about?
The crafts are inspired by the celebrated themes of each Great Lent Sunday. They have been planned as teaching tools, to provoke insightful conversations and further exploration. They have also been carefully considered to provide variety.
How many crafts are there?
The kit contains templates for making six creative projects.
What does the kit include?
The kit includes twelve original, Orthodox-inspired, beautifully illustrated printed paper templates.
Do I need any additional supplies?
You need to have available:
- Crafting staples such as scissors, glue, and tape. Double-sided tape is very useful but not necessary.
- Some ribbon and/or yarn.
- Pony beads and an LCD votive candle are optional – you can make the crafts with or without them.
- The crafts are designed to look pretty just as they are. However, if you wish, some of them can be additionally embellished with materials of your choice (ribbons, pompoms, buttons etc.).
Are there any instructions for the crafts?
For every craft, we have created a step-by-step online tutorial.
Where can I find the online tutorials?
During Great Lent 2022, we will be crafting along with with you! The crafting tutorials for each Sunday’s craft will be uploaded on this website early in the previous week. To access the tutorials, click on the button below.
Can the children make the crafts all by themselves?
Even though the crafts are not complicated to make, the children will probably need some help, especially with cutting out the templates.
Do I need to be an experienced crafter?
Not really. The crafts are easy and not messy. Where we feel it is needed, we are offering simpler and more complicated crafting variations for younger and older children. You don’t have to follow our tutorials to the letter. If you wish, you can use our templates and suggestions as starting points, making your crafts in alternative ways that you come up with.
How long does it take to complete a project?
Each craft needs about 30 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on the chosen degree of detail.
How can I use the kit to teach?
We are offering background information and a variety of additional resources to help you plan an enriching religious education experience, including extra activities, worksheets, fact sheets and a lapbook – new resource in 2022! For each Sunday, you will find a list of teaching material on the corresponding crafting tutorial page.
How can I use the kit at a group setting?
Depending on the time and the resources available, you can use one kit for the whole teaching session or one kit for each participant (a more time-consuming and costly option).
If using one kit altogether, the participants can be separated into groups, guided by volunteers. Each group gets to make one craft while discussing the theme of the day. At the end, all groups get together to present their crafts to each other.
If using one kit for each participant, a station can be set up for each craft, manned by a volunteer. The participants rotate from station to station, doing one project at each stop while discussing each theme.
In both cases, an exhibit of the finished crafts can be shared with the whole parish at the conclusion of the event. The children can act as hosts, explaining and discussing their creations with the visitors.
We hope you get to enjoy using our Great Lent teaching resource as much as we enjoyed creating it.
Have a BLESSED GREAT LENT and a JOYOUS PASCHA!