I know everyone is buzzing right now in Halloween, but my Catholic kindergarten class has two big days in a row: Halloween AND All Saints Day. My Pre-K-1 building has a tradition of celebrating All Saints Day with an annual prayer service to honor the Saints.
Each classroom prepares for the prayer service by selecting a class patron Saint. As the big day draws near, we read stories about the class patron and create crowns that represent our Saint. Two children from each classroom are selected to participate in the prayer service in a special way (1 child reads/memorizes a few facts to recite about the Saint during the prayer service and another child brings an offertory gift to represent the patron).
My class Saint is St. Nicholas. I LOVE teaching my kindergarteners about St. Nicholas because they are amazed to learn that he is Santa.
To remember and celebrate St. Nicholas’ spirit of giving, my class creates crowns that look like pretty gift-wrapped presents. These headbands are completely adorable and SO simple to make – they just require pretty scrapbook paper and matching construction paper. You know my obsession with bright and pretty colors, so of COURSE my students made crowns that are bright and pretty as well.
I know many educators do not teach about St. Nicholas (or any other Saints at school), but these crowns are also perfect for celebrating birthdays and other special occasions!
You can grab my FREE Craftivity to make Gift-Wrapped Headbands in your classroom too! The free download includes instructions (with photos) for creating the crowns, suggested paper dimensions, and a master template for copying the bow.
I have a small prayer space in my classroom that we gather around to pray and learn about God each day. The table is updated each week to contain symbols of our current study. The items in our prayer space this week include a book about St. Nicholas, a pretty gift box, and a picture of St. Nicholas (in addition to our classroom bible and Rosaries).