I've also made up tags for each child's wrist. I did this for a May Crowning about 5 years ago and it was extremely effective and the kids loved it. Why it is such a good idea, is due to the fact you are dealing with LOTS of children, all at different ages, so the younger children won't remember what team there in. The children like the idea of 'identity' and just adds to the fun and excitement of 'team games!!'
There will be a few team games and the team that wins each game will receive three points, the team that comes in second receives two points and the team that comes third, one point. The tally will be kept and there will be a team prizes for the end of the day, as well as prizes for individual winners in each game as well.
I've been thinking about creating new All Saints party team games and I've come up with a few.
The below is my first ~ Saints and Symbols Relay.
In this game each team has to collect the symbols for four saints, one at a time. There will be four symbols to each saint (I know I have some saints below with more than four, but I'll settle on the four best.)
Each team will be given a card and a saint's image, here is an example of the card for St Jerome:
Checkpoint Garden Bed ~ Symbol One:
in a monastery in Bethlehem, healed a wounded ........,
that had a thorn in its paw. The animal remained with him
Checkpoint Shed ~ Symbol Two:
This instrument for measuring time is a call to meditate
on the fact that life on earth, does not last forever.
The ....... is a scholar's emblem. In Jerome's case, it refers to
his many writings and how he translated the original Greek and
Checkpoint Mary's Garden ~ Symbol Four:
and that death and judgement comes to us all. "Remember
At each checkpoint will be a box with the symbols for each of the 12 saints, the team must pick out the right one and attach it to their saint before moving onto the next checkpoint. The Mary Garden will also be the beginning point when the teams are issued their saint and the card that goes with that saint, so the teams must go around four times before the game is finished.
The first team in after four rounds is the winner! (With all saint images (four) with their right symbols attached of course!)I've just google search all the pictures you see here, the saint is printed on white cardboard, the symbols on white paper, everything is then laminated for stability and protection.
Often I've popped an saint image into paintshop pro and taken out symbols, then printed up the saint. Then I print up the symbols on a separate page. Laminated the sheets and cut out the pictures.
Arrows in arms
Palm of Martyrdom
I have made my saint choices and gotten most of my symbol explanations from Saints in Art by Rosa Giorgi ~ a very helpful book indeed, and a beautiful book!