Here is a compilation fo the activies we did this week to celebrate St. Martin of Tours (Martinmas) with our homeschool support group.
Martinmas Paper Lanterns – Simple Version
This “faux” lantern is a nice option for the younger children. I created a template that can be downloaded and printed here – St. MartinPaperLantern. It is decorated with the coat of arms incorporating St. Martin, from World of Heraldry website.
Materials needed: downloaded pattern, scissors, construction paper, stapler
Fold lantern pattern in half length-wise. Make cuts in paper from folded edge to line, approximately every 3/4 inch.
Open paper, curl opposite sides together, staple together operlapping edges. Cut strip of contruction paper for handle. Staple handle in place (making sure that St. Martin banners are upright).
St Martin Coat-of-Arms String Banner
This is an easy and decorative idea for St. Martin’s feast day. Copy several different images of St. Martin themed coat-of-arms from the World of Heraldry website. I sized them all to approximately 3 1/2 in height. Cut them out leaving about 1/2 inch flap on top edge to fold over the string. When all are cut out, fold flap, place over string, tape or glue the flap down on back. Place them along string at desired spacing. Your string banner is finished and ready to hang.
St. Martin Stained-glass Votive Cover
~construction paper, black (18 X 12 in.)
~cardboard template (4 3/4 X 3 1/4 iin.)
~St.MartinVotive template printed on vellum or other opaque paper
~crayons or Sharpie markers
Cut contruction paper in half length-wise so you you get a piece 18 X 6 inches. Fold in half to 9 X 6 inches. Open and fold each side in to center crease. Now you have a strip of construction paper creased into 4 sections. Take the cardboard template, place in middle of 2nd section and trace around all sides. Do the same on 4th section. Cut out those areas leaving a window in sections 2 and 4. Take vellum picture. Fold in half and half again so you have four sections (equal quarters). Cut out sections. Color the stained glass templates. Crayon adheres well to the vellum and does not smear. If you use a marker, it should be a permanent (not waterbased) marker, like Sharpie brand, so it won’t smear.
On inside of construction paper strip, put a stip of glue around each of the “window” openings. Glue vellum sections in place, facing out. Glue stained glass section in one window and “St. Martin, Pray for us” section in other. Tape side together with clear tape. Crease edges if needed to make sure it forms a well defined box. Electric tealight can be placed inside or if using a real tealight candle make sure it is in a glass votive tall enough so flame is well contained.
Capitalizing on the goose being a symbol for St. Martin we adapted two games for the preschoolers.
Duck, Duck, Goose – used a stuffed “goose” to go around and touch the player’s heads.
Pass the Goose – a variation of hot potato. Pass the stuffed “goose” around the circle while music is playing. When music stops, whoever is holding the goose steps out of the circle until only one is left.
For the elementary aged group I came up with a relay.
St. Martin Cloak Cutting Relay
Divide children into two (or more) eaqual teams. Each team needs a stick horse and a toy sword (we used these nice styrofoam ones so no one can get hurt). At the opposite end of the room is a helper with a stack of large newsprint sheets representing cloaks. There is a hole cut in the sheet so that the sword can be inserted and pulle ddown to rip the paper easily. When the race starts, each runner rides the stick horse to the opposite line, cuts the cloak in half (like St. Martin did for the beggar) and races back to starting point. Next racer takes horse and repeats. This was a big hit!