Divine or Diety Cards 4″ x 6″

Unitarian Universalists believe that each person is free to search for their own personal truth on issues —  such as the existence, nature, and meaning of life, deities, creation, and afterlife.  Our shared covenant is found within the 7 Principles and the 6 sources of our living tradition.

Children need different kinds of support at different times as they navigate the stages of faith development. Some of James Fowler’s work may be helpful to read:

As a child’s first religious education teacher, a parent sometimes needs some help or tools to get the conversations started.

DIVINE OR DIETY CARDS

Toward that end, I made various simple Divine or Diety cards in 4″ x 6″ that can be printed and slipped into dollar store or craft store picture frames for ritual play or group ritual.

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Divine or Diety Cards 4 x 6 PDF

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Decoupage Glass Jars & Mini Altar Stools

Over at my Unitarian Universalist church our pagan group shares space with other people so space is always at a premium.

A long time ago we made a “basic kit” to keep in a classroom.  It consists of colored table cloths we made from Kona cotton that are about a yard square to go over bentwood stacking stools.

bentwood stool

These stools are useful in a religious education classroom because they are stackable, can be seating, small tables, and so on.  The cloths are in elemental colors — green, yellow, red, blue and purple.

We also got some quart jars and used gift wrap tissue in elemental colors to decoupage them.  You can buy the jars outright or spend some time collecting spaghetti sauce jars or similar.

The process is simple — you tear the gift tissue into smaller pieces or invite the child you are doing this with to rip it up. Help the child to paint the outside of a glass jar with Modge Podge using a 1″ foam or craft brush.  Then attach the tissue chunks so the outside of the jar is covered.  It is helpful to put the pieces with straight edges first along the top and bottom edges of the jar so it has a clean line.

You can seal as you go, coating each piece as added.  When the whole jar is covered, you coat the whole thing one more time and allow it to dry.

The results are inexpensive but cute candle holders that have a cheerful glow to them when lit from within. We use votives in smaller glass votive holders or battery votives. We sometimes put vase filler to set the votives level.  This way candle wax does not melt inside the jar itself.  Washing the jars with hot water could damage the decoupage.

element jars

To put them out, you can screw the lid back on the jar and it will extinguish itself.  Or use a snuffer. The Ikea Tratt snuffer is one we all like. (At $2.50 it was inexpensive to get a lot so every classroom could have one for putting out the UU Chalice.)

When not in use, we wrap the tablecloths around the jars and put them all into a 30 qt Sterilite tub along with four basic click lighters.  These tubs happen to fit into the Ikea Expedit or Kallax shelving that we have in the church classrooms for storing supplies and children’s toys.

People might bring special stones, feathers, origami, tarot cards, or other trinkets to add to the mini altars when we celebrate a Sabbat. But even if they bring nothing, our group can relax knowing that “basic mini elemental altars” are already on location.

Perhaps this gives you ideas for your own pagan group at your Unitarian Universalist church. Enjoy!

decoupage jars

Wheel of the Year 3.5″ x 5″ Cards

I made a simple set of “wheel of the year” cards for kids from clip art I found online.

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Wheel 3.5″ x 5″ Cards

In this variation the cards are 3.5″ x 5″ so they can fit into those plastic frames you find at the dollar store or craft stores.

acrylicframe

All you have to do is print them on to card stock and cut out.  For simple kid’s altar play, add a battery candle.

lammas_frame

If you like, you can laminate the cards before cutting out. They can be stored in a 3.7″ x 5.5″ rectangular hinged tin.

“Elemental” Tins and Wooden Boxes

This is an element design I made from clip art I found online.

Element Containers

You can print designs for

DIRECTIONS

Choose the Element Tins and Wooden Boxes design  you want.  Print on to plain white paper.  Glue to container with rubber cement, white school glue, Tacky Glue, or Modge Podge.  Modge Podge can also be used as a sealer, so if you want to seal the top of your tin or wooden box, use that option.  Make any other components you wish to use in your mini travel altar.

Enjoy!

“Wheel of Year” Tins and Wooden Boxes

I made these designs from this image I found online.  You can download the  “Wheel of Year” Tins and Wooden Boxes PDF and print the ones you want to make.  They are black and white or semi-colored.

2-4-8 wheel lids

The sizes are for a 2 oz round tin , 2.5 oz round tin, 4 oz round tin, or 8 oz round tin.

Wheel of Year Tin

 

A 4″  square wooden box or 4×6″ rectangle box that is about 2″ high:

Wheel of Year Square

Or an 8″ square wooden cigar box:

Wheel of Year Cigar Box

DIRECTIONS

Choose the design you want.  Print on to plain white paper.  Color it as desired.

Glue to container with rubber cement, white school glue, Tacky Glue, or Modge Podge.  Modge Podge can also be used as a sealer, so if you want to seal the top of your tin or wooden box, use that option. I like matte finish or glossy.

Make any other components you wish to use in your mini travel altar. The wooden coins/buttons work well with these.  Remember to give children special stones or battery tea lights to use in their ritual play.  Leave the real candles for adult use.

Enjoy!

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Ritual Tools as Coloring Cards

I made this set from black and white clip art I found online.  They are cards approximately  3″ x 4.5″ big that can fit into a  3.7″ x 5.5″ rectangular hinged window tin.

Ritual Tools Coloring Card Screenshot

Ritual Tools As Coloring Cards PDF

Print the cards on to card stock.  If you want to have a plain grey back, flip the card stock over and run through the printer again and print the grey page on to the backs.   Invite child to color them.

When they are done, you can laminate the cards before cutting them out.

Print the cover on plain white paper.

Ritual Tools Tin Cover

You can glue it to the tin with rubber cement, white school glue, or tacky glue.

Enjoy!

Wheel of the Year Cards (2″ x 3″)

I made a simple set of “wheel of the year” cards for kids from clip art I found online.

Wheel of the Year Cards 2x3

Wheel of the Year Cards

You can use the cards to teach children the order the Sabbats come in. Yule, the winter solstice, with the longest night has a moon symbol. Litha, the summer solstice, with the longest day has a sun symbol.  Ostara and Mabon, when day and night are in balance, got the equinox symbol. Cross quarter days go in between.

They are about 2″ x 3″ and can fit into a 2.45″ x 3.9″  rectangular hinged tin for storage.

Print the cover page on plain white paper and choose your cover image.  Then attach to the tin with rubber cement, white school glue, or tacky glue.

You have a choice of printing the mini cards on to card stock as plain images, with white words, or with black words.  If you want to have a plain grey back, flip the card stock over and run through the printer again.   You can laminate them before cutting out.

Enjoy!