They say inspiration can strike at any time, and for this project, that's exactly what happened. I'm in a MOPS group (which I highly recommend to any moms of faith with children) and we made a craft last week at our meeting. It was the perfect craft, because I had been trying to think of a new, creative activity for teaching the Stations of the Cross and voila! I realized the activity we did could be modified to meet my Stations project. Perfect!
So, without further adieu, I bring you Stations of the Cross magnets!
These magnets are a great teaching tool. They are very easy to make (see instructions and downloadable template below), and have the added benefit of a) providing you an opportunity to teach each station as you make the magnet for that specific station and b) can be played with / reordered / sorted on the fridge as a teaching tool not only during Lent but year-round should you chose to leave them up. As these print small, the second page of the downloadable template is a list of all stations in a font you can actually read.
I searched quite a while for the right pattern for the magnets - and found amazing hand-drawn stations by Melissa, over at St. Brigid's Academy. She's so talented! Her inspiration came from Gospel Glass - be sure to check out their designs, too.
- 14 stations printable (download free template here - again, credit goes to Melissa for creating these. All I did was shrink them down to the right size). A tip: don't use markers...when I was testing this out, I colored the first with Crayola markers and - when I applied the glue - the colors ran. I had great success with colored pencils.
- 14 large 1.5"-2" glass "jewels" (you can find them at most craft stores - I bought mine at Michaels with a coupon).
- Clear tacky glue. Be sure it is the gel kind that comes in a bottle. Most kinds will work as long as it's a gel and says it dries clear.
- Magnets. STRONG MAGNETS.
- Glue gun (use glue gun even if your magnets are sticky on one side)
- Color and cut out the 14 circles representing each of the 14 stations (see Figure A)
- Squirt glue onto the PHOTO (the top) part of each paper circle, one at a time (see Figure B)
- Place the glass jewel/marble on top of the photo and lightly press down to get out the air and ensure the glue flows to the edges of the paper circle (see Figure C)
- Repeat 13 times, and let dry
- Place or glue the magnet on the back of each piece of paper, and enjoy!