Pentecost Sunday is coming up, and this project will be a great craft to make with little children while you tell them the story of the first Pentecost, and for the bigger children, to also learn about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The materials are simple too, you might have most of them at home already.
Materials: paper plate, ribbon or any string, yellow construction paper, markers, scissors and tape
Optional : feathers, googly eyes, foam sheet for the beak
How to make the dove:
Draw lines at the back of the paper plate to divide it into the body and the two wings. (Picture 1) Cut along the lines.
Position the wings so they form a “V” and secure to the back of the dove’s body with tape. If you have feathers on hand, you can tape them around the wings and the tail area. Draw the eyes and beak with coloured markers, or attach a yellow foam triangle for the beak and glue on the googly eyes if you have them. The dove is now finished.
For the “tongues of fire”, simply draw seven flame shapes on yellow construction paper. Cut them out, and write a Gift on each one: wisdom, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, understanding, fear of the Lord, piety. (Picture 2) Tie a strip of ribbon about 10 inches long on top of each flame.
Using a longer piece of ribbon, tie each end on both wings to serve as a hanger for your project. And finally, attach the other end of the ribbon of each flame to the back of the dove. (Picture 3)
Hang your project in a place of honour, and enjoy your new decoration in time for the blessed Feast of the Pentecost.
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
(Acts 2: 1-4)