A perfect Lenten project is this beautiful cross made from pre-burned matchsticks. This is not a project I would take on in my Kindergarten classroom - the work is far too tedious for my little kinders. My mom teaches 2nd Grade and she makes these crosses with her students each year during Lent. The burned matchsticks are a reference toward Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins.
|Have Parents Pre-Burn Matches at Home|
Before your students can create a cross, you need to get some pre-burnt matches. This is a homework assignment for the parents. To complete the cross, each child will need a box of 300 matches that have been pre-burnt at home. For safety purposes, I recommend that parents burn the matches outside and store them in a metal pan. (You can speed the process up by striking 2-3 matches at a time). When ashes have cooled, they can be returned to the box. The box can be labeled with the child's name and sent to school.
Gather SuppliesThis is a very simple project that only requires a few supplies. Each child will need:
a box of 300 matchsticks
a pre-cut cross template (copied onto cardstock)
a pop can tab
Getting StartedThe early steps are VERY important in determining how the finished product will turn out. The template has an "X" in the center of the cross. Begin by gluing 4 matchsticks onto the X (with the burnt part on the outside).
Then add a light layer of glue to 1 section of the cross. Begin at the X and work your way toward the outside of that section, using the center line as a guide.
When your first section is finished, add glue to the empty space across from it, begin at the X, and glue matchsticks outward once again.
Continue the process around the rest of the cross, always starting at the X when you begin a new section.
When the cross is complete, let it dry for a few hours. After the glue has set, gently remove it from the wax paper and glue the pop can tab to the top of the underside. This will allow your students to easily hang the cross at home.