A few years ago, I purchased my oldest a church bag full of stuff on the anniversary of her Baptism. It was only marginally cool. The thing that sold me? You know, besides the fact I was I in my first trimester? This cool set of laminated holy cards.

Then I thought, why in the world did I buy this? It would take 10 minutes to make. You need:

– a key ring
– assorted laminated holy cards (10 is a good start)
– a hole punch

Ready for this?

Punch a hole in the upper right hand corner of your holy card. Repeat until all cards are punched. Place on key ring. Hand to baby (6 mos or older seems to be best–you know your baby best).

Pick up off floor and hand to child. Repeat.

I gave my youngest a set as a stocking stuffer on the Feast of St. Nicholas. I made a set for my godchildren, too, but they haven’t received theirs yet. This set of laminated saints cards on a ring is hands down the best busy toy for church we’ve ever had. They are quiet when they drop, they withstand a bit of slobber, and as they get older they will recognize icons & learn new prayers!

Since we like to travel, I plan on picking up spare cards in my travels and including them on Easter, Baptism anniversaries, saint name days, stockings, Christmas, etc.

This would also be a great item to include in a church busy bag if you are putting one together as a Christmas or birthday gift. I’ve seen really pretty personalized totes for free or cheap at Vistaprint.

Do you do Easter baskets? What do you include?




This post will be linked to Works for Me Wednesday @ We Are THAT Family.


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