Monday, September 29, 2008

Liturgical Year Preschool Boxes (Part 1)

I purchased the supplies for these some time ago, late summer, I think. And just last week found time to paint and put one together. This one is for Mary, so I painted the box light blue, naturally to represent the Blessed Mother. Then I picked a holy card from my supply.Then I decoupaged the picture onto the lid.
I put a little paper doily at the bottom and it rounds up the sides a little bit. I think it gives the inside of the box a dainty look. And then I filled the little box with small items I had either made or collected. So far I have a plastic, light blue rosary, a plastic figure of Mary, a wooden, homemade figure of Mary similar to the ones that Jessica made. I saw these on her blog and loved them! What a great idea. Oh, and I have the Mary Match Up game tucked inside this box, too.

I plan to add more little things as I come across them. It's a small box, but there's plenty of room for items to peak and hopefully hold Evan's interest, but not so much to overwhelm him.

I am working on gathering items for a Saints box, too. So far I only have a few painted wood saint figures and a Saints Matching Game. I have an idea for one more thing to make, but I don't have the time right now.

I think Evan will enjoy these boxes with all of their interesting "goodies" inside. I'm probably going to wait until he's closer to 3 to gradually bring them out and introduce him to them. I might even wait until next school year.

Hope you have a wonderful night (day?!!) Wow, it's late! I need to get to bed!



Joannof10 said...

I love this idea, especially the little painted Mary figure. I am going to begin this project for my two littlest. What a wonderful idea.

Grandma Jo said...

Now you are doing preschool liturgical boxes? Janie, our Rel Ed Director will really be impressed now! And so am I - I can't even get the regular ones together, but I know right now I don't have anywhere to store them. If I get a shelf unit for my overflow of books and some picture albums and to display some pics, maybe I can get these types of boxes together and put them on the bottom shelf. I've started using the materials and it would be good for me to have a box ready to put the "Ordinary Time" things into it when I get the Advent items accumulated for my prayer table at CCD. I have second grade this year and have a new curriculum to follow, so I'll have MANY items to put in each box and a general box for items I can use with different prayer tables. What a great organizational idea, Tina, and now for preschool, too! Love you!

Jessica said...

WOW! I *LOVE* these Boxes! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Your Painted Wooden Mary turned out lovely! :)

God Bless!

Tina said...

Thank you all for your kind words. Jessica~ I just loved your painted wooden figures and had to give it a try. It was such a great idea and you paint them each so beautifully!