The beauty of the Orthodox church and the reverence of the Divine Liturgy really touched my soul. I decided that although we would raise our daughter as a Roman Catholic, I would try to expose her to the Orthodox faith occasionally. It only seems right, since she spent her toddler years in a children's home sponsored by the Russian Orthodox church, and she was baptized in the Russian Orthodox faith.
Several months ago I discovered The Crafty Contemplative blog. Written by an Orthodox woman named Amy, the blog gives a wonderful insight into some of the feasts and traditions of the Orthodox faith. It's interesting to compare the similarities and differences between our two faiths.
I also discovered that Amy has a side business called Orthodox Christian Craft Supply. She specializes in "hands on learning for all ages." She has put together a variety of inexpensive craft kits to help kids learn about their Orthodox faith. (For my Roman Catholic friends: many of these can be adapted!)
I purchased three of her "learning boxes" for these feast days: Ascension, Pentecost and the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Thought I'd share a bit about the Saints. Peter and Paul box since their feast day is celebrated tomorrow (Wednesday, June 29).
Basically, the learning box includes a study guide and craft materials to make several different hands on projects related to the items in the study guide. Amy's kits are wonderful -- they include everything you will need for the projects, except glue. Each project is packaged in its own little plastic bag, too. No need to sort through the materials and figure out which items go with which projects! Here are some pictures of the Saints Peter and Paul kit contents: