Catholic Sign of the Cross Prayer Buddy craft

  I thought that I would share a project that we did in religion. Our lesson this week was on prayer. We discussed why we pray, how we pray, and who hears our prayers. We talked about different ways of praying such as praying a group prayer where everyone says the same words or just talking to Jesus in our own words.
  Each year when I teach the Sign of the Cross, I have little ones who struggle with what hand to use and what direction to go. There are tons of color sheets around that show the order of the Sign of the Cross, but color sheets just are not enough. I have tried attaching a colored dot to the right hand of my students when practicing the Sign of the Cross and that works great for teaching left and right, but some little ones continued to struggle with crossing their body on the holy part of the prayer.
  So……….. Drumroll, please………….. I think I came up with a hands-on project to teach this tricky prayer! My students made a paper person with long arms with the numbers attached to the paper body that they held in front of them and physically made their paper person do the Sign of the Cross! I call it “My Sign of the Cross Buddy.” Woo Hoo! It worked! Now when we practice the Sign of the Cross, all I have to say is “Remember when we say holy, we go all the way across our body.” I also tell my students that when we say holy, it is like we are giving ourselves a Holy Hug! 

Here is how to do it:
1.  Cut a 12” x 18” piece of construction lengthwise to create the body. Fold in half.

2.  Cut paper strips lengthwise from a 12” x 18” piece of construction paper. You will get 4 strips.
3.  Open up the body and glue the arms under the crease. Glue the top flap to the bottom flap.
4.  For the hands, I pre-cut skin colored ovals, but you could also have your students trace and cut their own hands. Attach hands to the ends of the arms.
5.   Use skin colored paper to create a circle head. Attach the head to the folded part of the body. Add facial features and hair.
6.  Attach the words to the proper places on the paper body.
7.  Attach a sticker dot to the right hand of the prayer buddy. This would be the right hand when they are holding their buddy in front of them.
8.  Children hold their prayer buddy in front of them and do the Sign of the Cross. Voila! It works! 
For the words, I added  a house for GOD THE FATHER, a cross for GOD THE SON, and a dove for GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT and the numbers. I wish I could share the words and pictures that I created with you, but the Terms of Use for the clip art that I used say that I cannot share them for Free. :( Sorry about that!
The little hands also come to together for AMEN!

Peace and blessings,