We said a sad good bye to Pope Benedict XVI this past week. It broke my heart, but I have high hopes that he didn’t leave unless he was sure a grand man was going to replace him. Before long, the Conclave will begin and a new pope will be chosen.
I am planning to have a small party in honor of our new pope.
I made a few things for my kids to have and do at our party.
Here they are:
Learning about the Papal Insignia
This printable explains the symbolism in the Papal Insignia.

I made one in color to show to the kids and one that that they can color.
I also made one in color!
Download Here

Or they can color the insignia on the miter/ party hats below.

God Bless Our Pope Hats/Mitres
I plan to have my kids color the mitre, cut them out and wear them.
Just staple (or tape) the strips to the mitre and staple the ends together.
St. Peter’s Square and Papal Flag Cupcake Toppers
Just print out the printable page, cut out each image and tape the top of a toothpick to the back of each.
Pass the Papal Keys Game
Keys are a symbol of St. Peter and the “keys to the Kingdom” They are also a symbol of the pope!
Peter passed the keys to the next pope after he died and each pope has passed them to the new pope who was chosen after him.
Draw a set of keys on a yellow balloon and let the kids pass “the keys” to each other.
If you have older kids who know some past popes, have them say a name of a pope when they touch the balloon.

Simon Peter Says Game
This is a game I have talked about in an old post click here to read about it.
St. Francis of Assisi Craft
How about a craft in honor of our new Pope’s namesake!
Click here for the printable and instructions
Still need to teach about the Conclave?
Reading Comprehension Printable
It’s a great *easy* way to teach kids… click here to learn more

Conclave Smoke Craft

Till next time,
God bless,


  1. Cute! I'm going to link to this post too in my blog and have a Pope party too using your great links! Thanks so much! 🙂

  2. Fabulous Jennifer! You have many great ideas that I'll be sharing in my class. Thank you and God bless. Your creativity, imagination and generous heart is a blessing to us all 🙂

  3. We will be having a Pope party after the election. My kids are so excited. As always, thank you!!

  4. Thank you so much for these — I'm so thankful for parents like you who share the resources they develop. My kids had a great party in their mitres today!

  5. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.

  6. Jennifer, I just came back to send a few of these to the printers ( ours is broken) b/c I remembered you had great St F stuff! Can you believe I'm doing this the morning OF his feast day? Usually I'm more organized than this but this school year has me nuts. I planned to read his story and then realized that you had a few St F crafts.Thanks so much!Have a great feast day!

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