Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ascension Day Plans and Scenes......


Today as we are celebrating Ascension Day in our home I am trying not to over extend myself.

So instead of doing another planning post with different things for this year, 2011 I am just going to re post our plans from last year and the pictures of what we actually made to play with and to eat.

Today we are not doing everything we have in the past but will modify it to allow for 'wiggle room' with our precious Trahaearn.

Therefore everything below is from 2010~

Having worked out our plans early for a change I thought I would share them with any one who might be interested.
I hope they are helpful to some of you.

Ascension Day:
"Easter week and the days thereafter are ones of happiness and Christian Joy in the life of the risen Lord. Although the Church includes the Feast of Pentecost int the Liturgical season of Easter, Ascension Day is actually the feast that terminates the events of the Saviours life on earth.
This feast has been celebrated since the earliest Christian times, and by the fourth century had spread to throughout the entire Christian world of that time.
It was an old European custom to eat a bird on that day because Christ had 'flown' to Heaven. In Western Germany, bakers gave their customers pieces of patry made in the shapes o fvarious birds. In England, the day was celebrated with games, dancing and horse races. In Central Europe, families went hiking and on picnics."--Catholic Traditions in the Home and Classroom.♥

Plans for the day ♥♥♥

♥ Books:
Read from the bible about Ascension and to the little ones from The Catholic Picture Bible.

♥ Take down the Large crosses from the hill.

♥ Activities and Crafts:
--Make a kite from various materials- cross frame with paper or plastic cover.
--Make a flying Streamer bag-- All Year round.
--Home made wind mills with coloured paper on stick.
--Make a parachute out of hanky or small piece of fabric , tie to the parachute a small figure, ie a small gnome or other wooden figure and drop over balcony.
--Make a butterfly mobile from tissue paper and pipe cleaners-- The Children's Year.
--Wrap streamers of ribbon around a piece of dowel, glue well, and let children run with them-- The Children's Year
--Dove Mobile Spiral -- The Children's Year.
--Blow bubbles with bubble wands with home made bubble mix and wands.
-- Blow up ballons and have ballon races or just batting them around.

--Colour in Ascension day picture , another one here and a third one and dove colouring picture.
--Or fill in dove shape with scrunched up tissue/crepe paper.
--Felted picture using fleece and either place on as in Magic wool or dry felt a picture.

♥All Seasons Wreath:
--Fluffy clouds and doves floating around using some of the activities crafts.

♥ Enjoying Nature:
--Have a kite flying contest with the kites made and an outdoor picnic/afternoon tea.
--Run around with steamers made from above.
--Lay down and just watch the cloud movement.

♥ Cooking:
--Make a dove cake: cut out dove shape using a picture of a dove from a slab cake or make slab cake and put dove shape on top with white cream on chocolate background.
--Dove cookies from cutouts again. Ice with white icing or trace like gingerbread cookies at Christmas.
-- Cook meringue's as they are really light and could represent air or clouds.
-- Cloudy Sky Sweets (updated 2010)
-- Tiramisu I love this sweets (update 2010 Catholic Icing)

♥ Main meal:
--Chicken probably Apricot with white rice and ice cream for sweets.


♥ Table decorations:
--Green tablecloth with glitter and stars on the cloth.
"The stars on the green cloth show the connection we now have between heaven and earth because of Jesus' ascension. The flowers show that Jesus' words and works are flowering even now on earth."-- The big book of Catholic Customs and traditions. ♥
--Place mats of cloud formations, printed out and laminated.
--Place cards of cotton wool with each persons name on it.
--Laminated book mark of the Ascension.
--Statue of Divine Mercy, Sacred Heart, and Good Shepherd, Circle this with flowers.

♥ Some other Lesson plans- Catholic Mom.com

♥ Yesterday we celebrated The Ascension of our Lord at home.
We used some of the ideas from our plans and then adapted others into the day.
As we were building Igloo's for "I Week" as well our creative talents were divided and we didn't accomplish all we wanted.

♥ For our meal we simply had "Heavenly Pasta" with a tomato based sauce and then had our Cloudy Sky Sweets.

♥ Here are some of the activities we had and the crafts we made~
♥ WE always make these for Ascension as they can be run through the wind and create a wonderful effect.
All they consist of are some crepe paper in strips tied around a stick, as you can see the sticks are just odd ones form the back yard.
♥ Arwen with her Breeze catcher
♥ Last year our Table decorations were as follows~
--Green tablecloth with glitter and stars on the cloth.
"The stars on the green cloth show the connection we now have between heaven and earth because of Jesus' ascension. The flowers show that Jesus' words and works are flowering even now on earth."-- The big book of Catholic Customs and traditions.
♥ This year we had a blue table cloth depicting the sky and had Jesus on a wooden pedestal with fleece on it to symbolise clouds with the Apostles and Mary standing below looking up at Jesus as he Ascended into Heaven.
I used the same figures I had made for the Cenacle Presentation as well as Mary from our Alphabet Saints.
♥ View form Jesus as he Ascends into Heaven.
♥ We also made Parachutes to also capture the air theme of Jesus and Heaven
♥ They work really well form the loft flying down to the Kitchen.
♥ Lots of fun with these in days to come still.
♥ Our Cloudy Sky Sweets
♥ Cloudy Sky Sweets meets Jesus and the Apostles and Mary (and dirty dishes in the background)
♥ Some of the colouring from the day.
♥ Our Cloud cake with Jesus on top ....Ascending.
♥ We also made fluffy clouds and windmills to replace the Easter theme on our All Year Round Wreath.
♥ Paper windmills just cut out and tied up and hung from the wreath.
♥ Fleece balls teased out to be fluffy and hung up as well.
♥ Miniature Paper kites. These were my favourite thing to make. Everyone has one to keep as a reminder of the day.
♥ Simply glue 2 paddle-pop sticks together to form the cross shape.
Cut out newspaper in a square and trim to fit.
Tie wool/sting to one end of the cross shape for the tail and the other at the cross to use for a pull string.
Cut crepe paper and tie it on to the string.
These really were a big hit with the little ones
♥ Arwen scooting across the lawn with hers trying to fly it.
♥ Are we going to run or not?
♥ Corbyn and Rogan with theirs.
♥ Corbyn, running as fast as he can.
♥ " I am just taking a break from running Mummy"
♥ Do you like my kite?
♥ Rogan giving it a great go!
♥ All of them enjoying the running and flying of kites.

I pray your own Ascension Day was a happy and Holy one.

♥ Just a brief word on our crafts etc. It is with a thankful heart that I am able to say "we" when I talk about the things we share. Our children are mostly involved in the making and cooking of our Feast Day activities with me.
I would not want to give the idea that I do it on my own. It is a family affair with the older girls (Autumn, Eden and Vellvin) and Saxon and Rogan helping the most.
So thank you our sweet children for helping to create the memories we have ♥ XXXOOO

 Blessings to you and your homes,

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