Summer is in full swing and my 10 year old daughter, Elizabeth, has been complaining that she is \”bored\”. Elizabeth is a very creative young lady, but it\’s her creativity that often feeds her feeling of boredom. If she doesn\’t have something creative to do she just looks lost and kind-of wonders around. So I decided to give her something to spark her creative juices.
I asked Elizabeth if she wanted to make little ornaments that centered around the liturgical year. We have a \”tree\” in our house which we decorate throughout the year. The changing decorations include: Saint MedalsMary flowersSt. Valentine Hearts, Catholic SnowflakesLenten Jesus TreeAssumption decorand more! I thought it would be nice if the kids had an ornament to hang on the tree after we talked about the saint of the day. I told Elizabeth that she could use the stuff in my craft box which is over flowing with chenille stems (A.K.A pipe cleaner), pom-poms, felt, sequins, beads, etc.! That was almost too exciting for her to handle! She couldn\’t wait to begin.

Each of the ornaments that she (and I – if she needs help) will create will have a liturgical centered meaning. Most will be symbols of saints. Here are the first three she and I made. I did help her with these first few. She seemed to need a little help getting her creativity going. Now that she has an idea of what I was asking for, I\’m sure she\’ll be doing most of them on her own. But ether way it\’s a great mom and daughter bonding time! 😉
St. Veronica
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Sts. Benedict and Scholastica
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St. Kateri Tekakwitha

All the ornaments will be added to this page:

I\’ll post about our new ornaments as she/we make them.
I\’m not sure how often she/we will make one of these ornaments, but I\’m hoping for at least 2 a month or even one a week -but no pressure. You can\’t force creativity! It just has to happen on it\’s own. 
I\’m hoping to get future ornaments posted *before* the saint\’s feast day, but life is a bit crazy sometimes. (I\’m sure that will be especially true once school starts again.) I\’ll do my best to keep posting! 
God Bless.

What do your bored kids do during summer break?

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