Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wee Believers Catholic Toy Deals on Amazon

Right now Amazon has a couple of good deals on Wee Believers Catholic toys. 

The Wee Believers My Mass Kit is $50.04 + $5.50 shipping.  Compare at least $75 from other sources.

And this Joseph's Helper Tool Set and Work Apron is $16.55 + $5.09 shipping.  Compare at $25 + shipping.

 These would be meaningful toys for Easter gifts!
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Celebrating Saint Patrick with the Whole Family

St. Patrick's Day is two weeks away, and I have compiled a long list of books and resources about this great patron saint of Ireland.  I have organized everything in approximate age-order, from a story for the youngest children to biographies for adults, plus items for family celebrations.  Enjoy!

For the littlest ones, try The Story of Saint Patrick's Day by Patricia Pingry.  My children have several books from this series, and I like their simple, straight-forward explanations of the meaning behind different holidays and celebrations.  This board book is available from $3.46 on Amazon.

Shining Light Dolls now has a St. Patrick figure!  This cute vinyl figure for $12.99 is even baby safe!

For $6, your little ones could also play with a Sanctus Stitches St. Patrick finger puppet.

This little book, St. Patrick by Fr. Lovasik, is just $1.50.
For children ready for a longer picture book, Tomie DePaola's books are always gorgeous.  Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland is currently $8.06 on Amazon.

Another version, The Story of St. Patrick by James A. Janda is just $6.33.

Another option is Patrick: Saint of Ireland by Joyce Denham for $11.99 from Christian Book.  It is illustrated in full-color watercolors.
For preschoolers and up, this detailed, handmade St. Patrick Peg Doll is $12.50.
St. Patrick Peg Doll
Especially if you have a little Patrick of your own, a St. Patrick Prayer Pillowcase for $14.95 would be a unique name day gift!

There are films about St. Patrick available as well!  CCC of America's classic title Patrick, Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle is available for $14.99.

For a slightly older audience, try St. Patrick: The Irish Legend, which is currently on sale for $17.95 from Ignatius Press.  This movie came out on secular TV a number of years ago, and I remember that my family was surprised and pleased at how well done and respectful it was.
For saintly fun year after year, you could get this gorgeous St. Patrick Costume for $60 from Faithful Findz.  This would be great for All Saints Day too.
If you're looking for a chapter book for older children, try The Life and Legacy of Saint Patrick by Michael J. McHugh for $9.19.  The description says, "This new fully illustrated biography on the life of Saint Patrick is written in a lively and engaging manner, and will help readers to better understand how God's grace enabled one man to accomplish so much for the kingdom of Christ."

It's nice to have statues of the saints to display at feast day celebrations.   A lot of statues are expensive, so I tried to find a very reasonably priced model.  This 6" St. Patrick Statue is $19.99 with free shipping on Amazon.

And let's not forget books for adults.  How much do you know about St. Patrick, besides a few popular legends?  You can learn all the historical facts in Philip Freemen's extensively researched biography, St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography, for $13.70 on Amazon.

Or learn about St. Patrick through his own words with The Confessions of Saint Patrick and Letter to Coroticus, which is just $5.99 from Christian Book.

Finally, don't think that you can only decorate for the holiday with leprechauns and pots of gold.  Oriental Trading actually has a good selection of religious-themed St. Patrick's Day decorations and craft kits

Trinity Learning Wheels
With so many great items to choose from, there should be no excuse for not learning about and celebrating the life of this great saint!

St. Patrick, pray for us!
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Save Up to 20% at Catholic Child

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Praying the Stations of the Cross with Children

During Lent, many of us will be praying the Stations of the Cross, whether at our parish church or at home as a family, and there are many books and other resources available to introduce your children to this devotion.

I have organized these in order of price, from cheapest to most expensive.  Whether you're looking for an inexpensive consumable resource or a quality family heirloom, you should be able to find an item here to help  you teach your children about Our Lord's Passion.

Fr. Lovasik's simple Stations of the Cross book for children is available for $1.50 for one copy, or, if you have a lot of kids to share it with, you can get 10 copies for $13.50 from Amazon.

The Catholic Company has this Stations of the Cross coloring book for $2.50.  This would be great for young children to color while you're praying the stations at home.

The Stations of the Cross Coloring Book [1]

This Stations of the Cross for Children is just $3.56, and it is very well reviewed on Amazon.
Holy Heroes' Stations of the Cross Coloring Book is currently on sale for $3.95.  It has bilingual text in English and Spanish.  Check out the pages my kids colored here.

 Holy Heroes Coloring Book - The Road to Calvary
This The Way of the Cross (For Children) is another affordable book, for just $4.99 from The Catholic Company. 
The Way of the Cross (For Children)
Oriental Trading has these Color Your Own Stations of the Cross Wheels for $5.25 for a set of 12. This is nice because children can first make the craft and then use it while praying the Stations.

Oriental Trading also has a few other Stations of the Cross craft kits as well.

Stations of the Cross Sticker Scene
Holy Heroes' Bilingual Stations of the Cross Prayer Booklet includes Scripture and child-friendly intentions. It is currently on sale for $5.95.

Stations of the Cross Prayer Booklet
This hardcover The Way of the Cross for children from Magnificat and Ignatius Press is $9.16.

This Child's Guide to the Stations of the Cross, featuring more contemporary artwork, is $9.61.

Walking with Jesus to Calvary for $11.05 is also hardcover.  It is by the author of the book Jesus Speaks to Me About My First Holy Communion.
You could hang the posters from this Stations of the Cross Poster Set around the room while you are praying as a good visual for everyone.  The set is $12.19 for 8x10" prints.


For an audio version of the Stations, Holy Heroes has this Stations of the Cross CD on sale for $13.95. Children lead the Stations on the CD, and it includes verses from the Stabat Mater after each station. You can read about my children's reactions to this CD here.

Another way to experience the stations is through this Via Dolorosa Experience DVD for $14.99.  It takes you through the actual Stations of the Cross in the Holy Land with the Franciscan friars.  This could be a beautiful family meditation.
The Via Dolorosa Experience DVD
Look at these beautiful Stations of the Cross Ornaments from Etsy shop Jesse Tree Treasures.  At $36.95, this set is a little more expensive, but it could be treasured year after year.  I can imagine children taking turns hanging the ornaments for each station.

Finally, for a meaningful activity for the family to do together that could also become an heirloom, check out this Stations of the Cross Grotto Kit.  It is $45, so it is something that I would recommend for older children and as something to plan to treasure for years.

What are your tips and favorite resources for praying the Stations of the Cross with children?

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