After his Resurrection, before he ascended into Heaven, Jesus promised he would be sending us his Holy Spirit. He promised their would be a baptism of the spirit:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
And when Pentecost came to pass, the Holy Spirit fell as tongues of fire on the apostles, and they prophesied as witnesses to the Messiah in all languages present in Jerusalem that day!
Today we are remembering the Holy Spirit, and praying we may also be empowered as witnesses for the glory of God. I love making meditative crafts for our prayer times. So today we are reading the story, and making a ‘Tongues of Fire’ mobile using items found at our local dollar store.
Tongues of Fire Mobile
What you need:
- Wreath frame
- Yellow, red, and orange ribbon cut into straps.
What you do:
1. Tie ribbon onto wreath frame.
2. Hang from ceiling for baby and small children to see, and be reminded that the Holy Spirit is with us.
This can be a great scissors skills exercise for preschoolers and older toddlers. Lay a piece of tape on the table the length you want the ribbon strips. Allow your little to measure and cut the strips using child scissors.
Baby and Toddler Play
Mobiles can be a fun way to help babies and toddlers play together. Lay baby underneath mobile, and have toddler sit next to them. Show your toddler how to gently spin the mobile. Remember to always supervise small children when playing with babies.
For more ideas on how to help toddlers and babies play together, check out:
Ways to Pray
Pray While Creating
As your family crafts the mobile chat about the story. Can you imagine what the disciples thought? What about the people hearing the Gospel in their own languages? Pray that we also may be empowered to be a witness.
Play worship music while you create. Play music while your little ones play with the mobile. Meditate on the Holy Spirit and the counsel and power it offers. You may even consider playing some worship music in other languages as a reminder of all the different languages spoken at Pentecost. Some Pentecost songs we love are:
- Manda el Fuego by Generacion 12 Kids
- Holy Spirit for Kids by Ayi and Friends
- Espiritu Santo by Ayi and Friends
- Holy Spirit by Covenant Kids Worship
- Holy Spirit to the Rescue by Rodney Huckney
- Espiritu Santo by Rey de Reyes Kids
- Espiritu Santo ya Llego
- Tu Espiritu Nos Da by Generacion 12 Kids
Pray n’ Play
Mobiles can be a great tool to help littles focus while they pray. If you have a fidgety little one, let them gently spin the mobile, or play with the ribbon while you pray. If your little one is still a baby, sit them under the mobile while you have your own prayer time. For family prayer time, you may consider grabbing some white ribbon strips and writing your prayers on the ribbon. Add the prayers to your mobile.