Prior to the publication of Saint Felix and the Spider our family hadn't ever learned much (if anything) about Saint Felix of Nola. Our six year old received this excellent picture book in his stack of books on Christmas! While I was working on filling our book basket for January I was delighted to discover that the memorial of St. Felix was coming up on January 14th and decided to find a way to celebrate it with our new book, a special snack, and an activity.
.: STORY TIME :.
by Dessi Jackson and illustrated by Lydia Grace Kadar-Kallen
"Inspired by the life of Saint Felix, this fanciful tale tells of how the course of one man's life is changed by one of God's tiniest wonders. A little love and friendship can grow big hearts even in the smallest creatures. This story is about a spider and a man and their journey to a lifelong friendship."
After completing Saint Felix and the Spider I continued reading from Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Preaching Beggars, one on our current read aloud books, while the children continued to paint.
.: ACTIVITY - WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS :.
Inspired by the beautiful illustrations I pulled out our various sets of watercolors and watercolor paper for the children to create their own paintings while I read the book aloud.
by Rascal (age 11) - painted with Prang's 16 Classic Colors
by Twinkle Toes (age 10) - painted with Prang's 16 Classic Colors
by Chiquita (age 8) painted with Melissa & Doug Take-Along Watercolor Paint Set
by Snuggles (age 6) painted with Crayola Washable Watercolors
by Rose (age 3) painted with Crayola Washable Watercolors
.: SNACK TIME :.
These delicious sweet and salty Spider Web Snacks were easy to make and so much fun.
I posted the directions over at Catholic Cuisine!
Rose wasn't quite sure she wanted to eat a "spider". . .
.: PRAYER :.
Quaesumus, Domine, salutaribus repleti mysteriis: ut beati Felicis Martyris tui, cuius solemnia celebramus, orationibus adiuvemur. Per Dominum nostrum, Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.
We beseech Thee, O Lord, that we, who have been fed with these Mysteries of our salvation, may be aided by the prayers of blessed Felix Thy Martyr, whose festival we celebrate. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
Saint Felix, Pray for us!