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Playtime with the Saints

In 2012, I painted quite a few wooden dolls into saints.

I came up with a few fun ways to use the Wooden Saint Dolls…like the Saints-To-Go in an Altoids tin…for travel!

I decided to dig them out again…and once again find things my kids love to do…and add the Saints!

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a Year of Faith Gift for Teacher

 Continuing with our series Unique Gifts for Catholic Teachers and Catechists, here is another unique DIY Gift idea!

The Year of Faith Tower Tumble template includes 2 pages of Catechism categories and answers, specially formatted to fit the Jumbling Tower or  JENGA®  blocks.

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another Unique Catholic Teacher Gift!

Personalized Prayer Book Craft

Continuing with our series on Unique Gifts for Catholic Teachers, Catechists and Grandparents, how about creating a personalized Prayerbook with the help of our All Season Prayer Bank Craft Kit?

A few weeks ago, I shared my own Pinterest Prayer Book, incorporating awesome artwork collected on Pinterest with our favorite family prayers.  I used a travel photo album purchased at Walmart and added our favorite holy card images, prayer cards, unique religious artwork and printed prayers from the prayer-packed craft kit.

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Guess Who needs a Catholic Teacher Gift?

This post is a continuation of a new series on Unique Gifts for Catholic Teachers, Catechists and Grandparents! Our Guess Who?! series of FREE printables have been very popular this year: Guess Who?! The Saints! Guess Who?! The Cardinals! Guess Who?! The Popes! How about printing all three, laminating and trimming the templates and including them with a purchased game of Guess Who?! If I have configured this right, I may get a small commission through your purchase of the Guess Who? game through this link.  Rest assured…the $3.53 I have made so far through the Amazon affiliate program (in 2 years!) will be put to good use…as soon as I reach the minimum $10 threshold to receive a gift card or check! =)  Thanks for your support! The Guess Who?! templates are FREE for private use. (Please do not print these templates for items to be sold and please don’t make copies of these digital files:  instead, please recommend www.equippingCatholicfamilies to friends and let them discover their own favorite Catholic Printables as they become subscribers of Equipping Catholic Families  or  “like” our facebook page ). The templates can be printed, secured to bristol board or contruction paper and laminated on one side with a roll of clear adhesive from the dollar store.  Please check the finished size and how it fits within the plastic Guess Who? form.  (You will want to open the box anyway…to include the new Guess Who? templates inside.) Don’t forget to print your own set of templates for your family Guess Who? game!  It’s easier to print, laminate and trim the templates all at once…than to do them as separate projects, one gift at a time! THREE Guess Who?! Catholic Printables: FREE 1 Guess Who? game: <$15 Total for assembled craft kit/ awesome Catholic Teacher Gift: under $15 Lasting, Catholic Gift for your favorite Teacher: priceless =)   Stay tunes for more Unique Gifts for Catholic Teachers, Catechists and Grandparents!

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Catholic Teacher Gifts with Poker Chips

This post launches a new series on Unique Gifts you can print and assemble for your favorite Catholic Teacher, Catechist or Grandparent!

Catholic Teacher Gifts with Poker Chips!

I have made a few different games using poker chips from the dollar store! These are made quite easily with 8.5″x 11″ label paper (also from the dollar store) and a 1.5″ circle punch.  The label paper makes it quite easy to adhere images to poker chips. If you choose to have the images printed on regular paper and mod podge them to the poker chips…please either:

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Best Converted 2 Catholic Pins

Year of Faith Tower Tumble: convert your family game so that kids learn Catechism while they play this classic game!

Things to do with Tiny Saints! Use these awesome Saint charms as zipper pulls, wine glass charms and board game pieces!

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10 Ways to Use the Guess Who?! template!

  

We now have Guess Who? The Saints! Guess Who? The 116 Cardinals!  and Guess Who? The Popes!

We apologize for reposting some of our materials…we’re trying to fix some broken links!

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10 Ways to Use the Guess Who? The 116 Cardinals! kit

So after releasing the initial Guess Who?! The Cardinals FREE printable, I decided to expand the kit to not only reflect the 24 Cardinals most talked about in the media… but all 116 Cardinals eligible to vote in the Conclave. I incorporated their names and flags with my hand-picked, google-searched photos of them to create 5 templates for the Guess Who?! game.  
See the NEW Guess Who? The 116 Cardinals kit! kit BELOW! 
FREE download!

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Plunk! with the Saints!

10 Things to DO with our Plunk! with the Saints template:

Use a 1.5″ hole punch to cut the 30 Saint disks and glue to poker chips to:

=&0=& Use with your homemade =&1=& board (instructions included below!) =&2=& Use as checkers or as other board game pieces =&3=&Play=&4=& by sliding them on a smooth surface towards the Saint categories/questions (also included in this template) =&5=&Leave them face down and let everyone choose their new patron saint to research or ask for intercession =&6=&  Make 2 sets, coloring each pair of saints identically and use as a matching game =&7=&Attach magnets to the bottom of the poker chips and use them as markers on the fridge calendar. =&8=& =&9=&Match up with your favorite Saint pictures (on Holy Cards) and display in a =&10=&or=&11=& =&12=&Glue to chocolate coins for an =&13=& =&14=& Use as part of a relay/obstacle game at an =&13=&: each child grabs one Saint disk and must blurt out a fact about the Saint =&16=& Color each disk and glue to the inside of a baby food jar lid to hang on a =&17=& =&18=& Plunk! with the Saints! =&20=&=&21=&=&22=&Does anyone remember Plinko? It was on The Price is Right…which began in 1956, was revamped in 1972, hosted by Bob Barker and since 2007, is now hosted by Drew Carey.=&23=&=&24=& was a cool game where these little disks are dropped at the top of a steep platform with little pegs.  Depending on which path the disk zigzags down, money was won by which exit route the disk took. It looked like this:Look at that pink carpet!I’ve had my eye on the little Happy Saints for a while and after my Happy Saints Tokens Tutorial, (adding these awesome Saint images to poker chips) I present…Plunk! with the Saints!  See the PDF downloadable below for the back template with all the Saints’ info! These little poker chips, now decorated with 1.5″ circle punched Happy Saints, printed on full sheet label paper, slide easily on my picture frame. Incidentally, I have used this same picture frame for my DIY Light Table!This picture frame has plastic, instead of glass and is easy to work with.  I had thought about using a peg board and dowels, but then I thought of these little double suction cups, and it was a lot less work, flexible (to position the little obstacles properly) and can easily be taken apart to use the picture frame for other purposes.

So here’s the tutorial for my
Happy Saints Tokens

I borrowed a handful of these double suction cups from the “Suction Cup Critters” Klutz Craft Kit belonging to one of my kids, but realized that I needed many more for my Plunk! game.I went looking for these little double suction cups, but they are difficult to find! I finally decided to buy this suction hook at the dollarstore where I found the poker chips. (It’s our own Canadian “Dollarama” store…not everything is a dollar, but we still find neat stuff there!)The “As Seen on TV Suction Hook” has 36 little double suction cups, all attached to a clear plastic base, for attaching something to the kitchen or bathroom tiled wall.  Careful cutting would allow the double suction cups to stay intact.I decided I could cut these apart carefully. I figured that even if my cutting isn’t perfect…it would add a little ‘random’ factor to the way that the disks bounce off the suction cups.I think you could use simple single 1/2″ suction cups found at the dollar store…I just figured the double cups would help guide the little disks …and they work well!Once I had the 36 double suction cups cut apart from each other, I carefully lined them up on the clear plastic surface of the picture frame. I staggered the rows, placing the suction cups at equal distances, so that a single poker chip would bump into the suction cups and slide, zig-zagging down the slanted surface. I put a few little graphics together for my PLUNK! PRINTABLE and I added cut colored paper to the sides to try and make it look like the original Plinko game, even though my kids didn’t really know the original Plinko!I thought that it would be fun if the exit paths for the Saint tokens reflected either questions or categories about Saints.  If you know the Feast Day of a particular Saint, you will want to aim for that particular exit path.  When you correctly identify the Feast Day (Birth/Death years or patronage…), you get to keep the Saint Token.I created a variety of different categories, depending on how well you know the Saints and what level of information you’d like to focus on.  If you’re using the categories: “priest, nun or monk” and “doctor, mystic, stigmata” you’ll find that some Saints could easily fit in more than one category (like St Therese!). This adds a little more flexibility to aim for a satisfying exit path for the Saint Token. 

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