40/40 – Lenten Activities: "Magic" Cross

We are providing 40 activities in 40 days for catechists to use with their learners. This activity comes to us from a Web site titled Sundayschoolkids.com.

“Magic” Cross

Here’s how this activity is introduced/described:

This is a simple and amazing way to make a cross that I learned when I was a child. There’s a grown-up version of this too, but it is omitted here. Most children will want to make many and show their friends and family this “magic trick cross” . Of course, it isn’t magic, and it isn’t a trick, but take a look and you may smile!

I like the fact that this Web site provides very detailed instructions for this activity along with pictures to guide you through, step-by-step.

Once again, here’s the link: http://www.sundayschoolkids.com/activities-lent-easter/1-magic-cross-instru.htm

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

8 Comments on 40/40 – Lenten Activities: "Magic" Cross

  1. I finished my 7th grade class today with this cross activity just to “leave them with a smile” because we won’t meet again for 3 weeks…..and reminded them that even I am never to old to think stuff like this is cool (they all thought it was cool too even though they thought it was for 2nd graders). Ha. What a great finish to today’s class. It’s always the little things they remember!

    • Greg, I’ve always noticed that junior high kids love to do “craft” activities…even though they think it’s for little kids. I think it makes them feel safe and secure. Glad it went well!

  2. Just did a “trial run” with my family. As I was folding the paper I asked my kids, ages 10, 8, 4 what they knew about Jesus’ cross. When the discussion lulled I opend the paper and they were AMAZED! So excited to show it to my 2nd graders tomorrow morning:)
    THANKYOU for posting the idea!
    Maureen

    • Rosemary, it would appear that the link is broken on their end. Perhaps it’s only temporary. Keep checking as will I. In the meantime, I’ll see if I have any other descriptions of the activity.

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