Every Monday is Catholic Children’s Treasure Box day for the young ones. We read the stories and poems and do one or more of the activities.
The first several books follow the story of Therese Martin (who eventually became St. Therese, the Little Flower). A while back, a little Therese learned from her sisters how to make and use beads for counting her Gifts to God.
St. Therese believed that even if she was not capable of doing big things for God, she could become closer to Him and love Him every minute by doing little things. Like, offering the last piece of cake to your sister instead of taking it for yourself. Or taking a few minutes from play time to help Mama. And so on---children can learn to follow the greatest commandment (to LOVE) a little bit at a time in this way.
Peter and Emma each made their own set of “Good Deeds Beads” to count their Gifts to God.
Throughout the day, as they give little gifts to God (and to others), they can pull a bead along the string. At the end of the day, they can see how many gifts they have given. This is an easy project that even very little ones can do with a little help.
Would you like to make your own Good Deeds Beads?
You will need:
- a length of string or thin ribbon ( a couple of feet will do)
- a crucifix or cross
- a medal (optional)
- 10 pony beads (you can used other beads, but the holes need to be large enough for your string to pass through 2x and still have some space)
- Thread your medal (if you are using one) onto the middle of the string. Alternatively, thread on your crucifix. Bring the two ends of string together and make an overhand knot near the medal or crucifix.
- On one strand of your string, thread on a bead, then run the other strand through the bead in the opposite direction. Pull both ends to straighten it out and pull if fairly snug against your knot.
- Repeat #2 with the remaining beads.
- Make another overhand knot with both strands, leaving a couple of inches between it and the beads.
- Thread on your crucifix, then make another overhand knot.
- You can either just trim your excess string or leave a few inches and make another overhand knot so you have a loop that can be slipped over your child’s hand.
You are done!
Throughout the day, each time your child does a good dead to show love for others, they can pull a bead towards the crucifix. It will slide along the string and stay in place.
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