Saturday, January 3, 2015

Wandering Wise Men, Part 2

In this post I explained the origin of the Wandering Wise Men in my classroom.  Visit that link for more ideas on starting this tradition in your home or school!

Day Six:
The Wise Men brought us a special basket of Christmas books.  They were doing a little research of their own by reading the Birds of Bethlehem by Tomie de Paola.

Day Seven:
Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar brought the kids some fresh coloring pages to do in their spare time during the Advent season.  Here they are trying to color a picture of themselves to match accordingly.

Day Eight:
A school tradition during this week of Advent is to decorate the windows and playground fence with snowflakes.  The Wise Men brought us some starter snowflakes and asked if we wanted to help build a snowstorm :).
The guys hung one snowflake on the window and hid behind the curtains, making them a little more challenging to find!

Day Nine:
On our all school Christmas shirt/ugly sweater day, the Wise Men wanted to join in on the fun with their own ugly Christmas sweater!

Day Ten:
On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Wise Men were found honoring Mary and reenacting the story of St. Juan Diego in our faith corner.  Juan Diego was our Saint of the Month (poster in background) and the Wise Men also pulled out some classroom books about Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Caspar even dressed up in a tilma with the miraculous image of Our Lady, just like Juan Diego!  He and Melchior and Balthasar brought their own roses to honor Mary on her feast day.
The kids loved this one, and we learned quite a bit about this Marian apparition and Juan Diego's story.
The Wise Men pulled out several of our classroom books on OLG for the kids to explore:

OLG Books included in this picture are (from left to right):
Our Lady of Guadalupe for Children by Lupita Vital (in Spanish and English)
Our Lady of Guadalupe- Our Lady of the Americas by  Rev. L. Lovasik, S.V.D and Rev. J. Winkler, OFM Conv.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Story Coloring Book by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe by Josephine Nobisso (chapter book)
Our Lady of Guadalupe by Francisco Serrano (beautiful pop-up book) 

Click here for five more Wandering Wise Men ideas:

Catholic Inspired is hosting a Wise Men Adventures Link Up!  Head on over there for more ideas, and I'll be back with the rest of our classroom Wise Men hijinks!


  1. Katie,
    What imaginative ideas. I have to say I laughed out loud when I saw the ugly sweater idea! It makes me wish I had a classroom instead of the school cafeteria to hold my CCD class. We are going to put together the Wise Men blessing packet tomorrow during class and send it home as well as bless the cafeteria and hall for the year. Thanks for all you share with us. We are truly blessed by the talents God has given you!

    1. Hi Barb! So glad some of the ideas are helpful for you! (And boo for class in the cafeteria- I'm continually grateful our parish CCD catechists have their own little classrooms to decorate and use as they see best!). Hope you are well! Miss you!