The books that have been chosen are The Kitchen Madonna by Rumer Godden for the older crowd and Pascual and the Kitchen Angels by Tomie DePaola for the littles. I thought that we would do a craft for the younger ones based on Melissa's awesome idea and offer a snack of homemade bread and cheese like the angels would have made in the story.
First, I made a page of four angels to be colored by each child. You can print your own copy here.
Attaching them to pre-glued craft sticks should make for a very easy-to-do mobile. (Wine bottle will not be brought to the meeting, but might be enjoyed at home afterwards!)
For the older kids, I made a mock up of a Kitchen Madonna using only those things I had in my craft bin so forgive its crudeness.
First I drew an outline of the major parts of an icon, cut out the hands and faces, and used the other pieces as templates for robes and tunics. I think I can get some fun scrapbook paper for the robes and veil, gold doilies for the crowns and halos, maybe some fun ribbon to fill in the sides. Sequins can be glued on to add even more embellishment.What do you think? Would boys and girls age 9-13 be interested in a craft like this?