Celebrating Divine Mercy with kids can be a great way to teach about God's forgiveness and love. I especially like to work it in while talking about or preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, giving kids a model of the forgiveness that Christ wants to extend to them.
Visuals are always good, so I created this watercolor craft project to help kids remember the strong symbolism found in the image of Divine Mercy. Here's how I have used this activity in my classroom:
1. Print the coloring page at the bottom of this post:
6. Now for the big reveal. Here is where you really want to talk about the meaning of Divine Mercy and the symbolism found in the image of Divine Mercy revealed to St. Faustina. Check out the link at the very top of the post if you need more information.
Remember where those white crayon lines were? Remind the kids that the Blood that flowed from Christ's side at His Passion is the Blood that washes us clean and atones for our sin. You should also talk about the connection to the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Have them use red watercolor paint and go over the white lines on the left side of the picture. See how the rays show through? A great object lesson to remind the kids that God's mercy is there even when we can't see or feel it.
The Blood and water flowing from the Heart of Christ is given to everyone, and we are reminded of the main response in the Divine Mercy Chaplet, "Have mercy on us and on the whole world."
8. Want your art to match the Image of Divine Mercy even more? Paint or color the background of the page black, reminding us of the darkness of life without Christ.
Click here for the coloring page printable:
Here are some other activities that have connections to Divine Mercy-
Pop Out Divine Mercy Beads:
Connecting the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Divine Mercy Notebooking Activity
Connecting the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Divine Mercy Lapbook Activity: