I’m so excited to share the details of a project I’ve been working on since last fall! The North American Martyrs Kids’ Activity Book is about to be published!!!
This 135-page book includes bios, discussion and reflection questions, word puzzles, mazes, colouring pages, and more activities about the lives of the North American Martyrs. Kids ages 7-13 will learn about St. Isaac Jogues, St. Jean de Brebeuf, St. Antoine Daniel, St. Charles Garnier, St. Noel Chabanel, St. Rene Goupil, St. Gabriel Lalemant, St. Jean de Lalande and their friends and be inspired in their faith!
The North American Martyrs served among the Native Americans of eastern Canada and the United States in the 1600s. Their lives are an amazing testimony to their love for God and for their fellow men. They are giants of the faith, yet they were also ordinary men who struggled with everyday problems like poor health, depression, unfaithful friends, spiritual dryness, and more. Though they lived centuries ago, their lives can still inspire us in our faith.
The North American Martyrs Kids’ Activity Book will bring the lives of these holy men alive for your children. Brief bios tell the stories of each of the saints. Colouring pages by Katherine Babcock help children picture each of the martyrs. There are also quotes from the saints, hands-on activities, and suggestions for applying what kids have learned from each saint to their own lives.
The North American Martyrs Kids’ Activity Book can be used
- as a unit study in your homeschool
- in a kids’ church club
- for All Saints’ Day party activities
- and more!
The North American martyrs did not work on their own. They were supported by other priests and Huron converts who are not (yet) canonized. The remarkable stories of a few of these men, including the Huron warrior who inspired St. Antoine to become a missionary, are also included.
The North American Martyrs Kids’ Activity Book includes:
- short biography of each saint
- colouring pages
- crossword puzzles
- word searches
- reflection questions for kids
- activity suggestions to apply what they’ve learned from the saint
- quotes from the saints
- further reading and online resources
- and more!
Last fall, when we held a Canadian All Saints’ Day Party, I went looking for resources about the Canadian martyrs to use at our party. I found nothing. There were no kids’ books about the martyrs, other than a few chapter books about St. Isaac Jogues. There weren’t any printables or activities about their lives to help me teach the kids. And so I created my own resources for the party, and the idea for The North American Martyrs Kids’ Activity Book was born.
As a Catholic convert, I fell in love with the lives of the saints. They are holy men and women, yet they are also ordinary men and women who struggled with everyday problems, just like me. In researching the lives of the North American martyrs, I’ve learned so much. I hope their lives will inspire you as much as they’ve inspired me as I’ve worked on The North American Martyrs Kids’ Activity Book.
While I enjoy writing, my art skills are sorely lacking. I wanted to include colouring pages in this activity book, but wasn’t sure how to do that. Then I saw Katherine’s drawings on Facebook and reached out to ask for her help. I’m deeply grateful for her help in turning my notes about each martyr into beautiful drawings to help give kids an image of each saint.
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