The best way to teach little ones about a new and abstract concept is to give them a hands-on project. The new information will become more tangible and they will more easily commit it to memory. Teaching children about their guardian angels is one of those kinds of lessons -- we can't see guardian angels, but craft projects help kiddos know they're there.
Wings and a Prayer
Recite the Guardian Angel Prayer and ask children to repeat it. Write or type it on a 4-by-6-inch or a 5-by-7-inch card or piece of paper and make enough copies so that each child has one. Glue the prayer on to a horizontal piece of a 9-by-12-inch piece of construction paper. Have each child make a white, silver or gold hand print on each side of the prayer at an up and outward angle -- the right hand on the left side of the page and vice versa -- so they resemble angel wings. Frame or laminate the wings-and-prayer piece for safekeeping. The Guardian Angel prayer goes as follows: "Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen."
Wooden Spoon Angel
Use an old household wooden spoon or purchase new ones at a dollar store to make a hand-held angel. Have your child paint the oval end of the wooden spoon in whatever skin color they desire. After the paint has dried, make a halo with gold pipe cleaner and glue it to the back of the "head," and wrap white fabric, lace or felt around the "body." Glue yarn hair, wiggle eyes and add facial features with a permanent marker. Add two white feathers to the back for wings. Place the wooden spoon angel in a jar or vase on your little one's dresser or nightstand always watching over her.
Paper Plate Angel
Ask your little one to paint the ridged edges of a dessert-sized paper plate with silver paint or apply glue and glitter. After it has dried, cut out a pie-shaped wedge. Glue or staple the remaining portion of the plate to the back of the wedge, the point of the wedge pointing up. Cut out an oval from a piece of white, beige, brown or other flesh-colored paper and glue it over the spot where the two pieces of paper plate meet. Draw the face with markers or crayons and add a ribbon to the back of it for hanging. Note: You can also layer cut doilies over the top of the paper plates for a more embellished effect.
Cut out a printable outline of an angel. Tell little ones how the word "angel" comes from a word that means "messenger." Discuss passages from the Bible about angels and ask them how they think guardian angels would look if we could see them. Provide a variety of craft materials, including markers, glue, beads, sequins, feathers, wiggle eyes, cut paper and buttons and ask kids to decorate their angels however they want. Glue a tongue depressor to the back of each angel for stability and use as a hand-held puppet.
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