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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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! 
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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:

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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.  read more...for Equipping Catholic Families!

Guess Who?! The Cardinals!

Just Released!
Guess Who?! Cardinals Edition!


This Cathletics Craft Kit is designed to help us familiarize ourselves with the Cardinals who may be mentioned throughout the coverage of the Conclave.

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Use your own Guess Who? game 
to familiarize your family 
with the Cardinals!
One of them could be our NEXT POPE!

Check out 10 Ways to use this FREE 
Guess Who? The 116 Cardinals! printable!

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Year of Faith Tumble Tower

Another Converted 2 Catholic Classic Board Game 
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In honor of the Year of Faith, I decided to take
our family Jumbling Tower game
and convert it to Catholic!

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Happy Saints Bingo + Happy Saints Tutorial Directory

I love the=&0=&Victor graciously allows printing of his awesome =&1=& and I have made four different projects with them.  My most recent =&2=&project has been one I have wanted to tackle for a while…with LIDS from frozen-juice-from-concentrate containers. I’m assuming that these containers are available in the US… With our five kids, we open up about 2 of these containers a day! Hence, the vast collection! …You’ll see! I had templates (that I made of Victor’s =&1=&) printed at Staples, with larger images for the “calling-out” disks and 4-to-a-page bingo card templates with a different selection of saints on each layout. The colors are nice and bright and the images are crisp. Sorry…I can’t give you my templates…please go check out the Happy Saints website for yourself! I used a 2 1/2″ hole punch to get the right-sized circle for the frozen juice lids. I used rubber cement to glue the printed circles to the lids, using the side of the lid that has a lip. These little Happy Saints won’t be removed too easily from the lids!  They stack nicely and are fun to play with…all by themselves!   I bought a little package of decorative pebbles at the dollar store for counters, but you could use pennies, holy medals or tiddlywinks!  My bingo cards are a touch too small to use my =&6=&, but they would be fun to use (and match) as well in any Saint Bingo game…like the 30-card Saint Bingo set at Shower of Roses! They may not have exactly the same selection of saints, but it would be fun to compare the images!                       Happy BINGO with the Happy Saints!

How about HAPPY SAINT Valentine’s this year?
These are adorable…and I think can refocus this fun day, learning from and admiring the Saints!
Maybe just one little card will entice a child to learn more about the Communion of Saints!
…better than Angry Birds, don’t you think?

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Classic Games: Converted 2 Catholic!

One of my favorite ways to integrate our Catholic Faith into regular family life is to find activities and games that our kids like to do anyway…and infuse Catholic Catechism and Saints into them. So far, we have showcased the Saints in =&0=&, used Catechism facts to add meaning to coveted card combinations in=&1=& and used our Painted Saints as player pieces in =&2=&and =&3=&Our latest awesome favorite game…converted to Catholic with  Saints… is=&4=& We have made =&5=& for the =&6=& like the =&7=& read more...for Equipping Catholic Families!

Happy Saint Token Tutorial

Another craft with Happy Saints!  I keep finding new ways to use them in activities for the kids.
What a vast collection over at Happy Saints! 
Make sure to find the new Happy Saints Year of Faith Banner!
I can’t wait to print and display mine!

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