Saintly Summer Fun :: St. Anthony of Padua
With our summer break beginning this week, my children have been asking if we could invite some of their friends over to Celebrate the Saints this summer with crafts, snacks and games! We’ve attended something similar in the past, and I’ve planned/hosted many feast day celebrations and Little Flowers Meetings over the years, so I agreed that this would be a great year to host some Saintly Summer Fun at our home as well!
We started out with just inviting one family, at the last minute no less, since I waited until this morning to make any plans. It was a super busy weekend after all! But, it all came together quite nicely and everyone had a great time!
~ Saint Story & Coloring Pages ~
~ Craft Time ~
St. Anthony of Padua Basil Pots
“According to the Saint Anthony of Padua website, it is customary to decorate with pots of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) on St. Anthony’s feast day and to give some away to friends with prayers invoking this Saint.”
The kids all really enjoyed painting their pots…
Now to try and grow that basil!
~ Game ~
St. Anthony’s Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Since St. Anthony is the patron of Lost Articles, and since we just finished up our Botany book for the year, I decided to create an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for the children. I created a table in Word and then drew little illustrations (don’t laugh!) in each box.
I did scan a copy of my St. Anthony’s Outdoor Scavenger Hunt document and uploaded it to Scribd to share. I also uploaded a picture-less version as well. I thought it might be fun for older children to actually illustrate their own pictures as they find the items listed!
Update: You can also download these documents from Dropbox here and here.
~ Snack Time ~
“A Multitude of Fish” Cupcakes
For an afternoon snack I served “A Multitude of Fish.” These fun cupcakes were so easy to make and I posted the details over at Catholic Cuisine. They were a hit!
I only had enough M&M’s for six, but Amy picked up another bag at the store, along with some Basil seeds, on her way out to our house. Thank you Amy!
It was such a fun afternoon and we look forward to having more like them throughout the summer!
Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us!
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.