Here are the coloring pages I set out for the kids to do as they arrived: two different Q is for Queen sheets, another one from Waltzing Matilda of the Queenship of Mary, and one of Mary holding baby Jesus that I found in a Google search.
Most of the kids colored a sheet or two and then set out to do the main craft: painting flower pots. While a few painted out on the patio, others played a Feasts and Titles of Mary memory game... the oldest kids enjoyed this game. The link is to a Google Doc... I downloaded this free somewhere - i thought it was from CHC but I cannot find it there - so hopefully I am not offending by not linking to the original. If anyone knows where I found it, drop me a comment! I seem to be doing badly at linking so far in this post! ;)
Some of the younger children painted their flower pots first... I asked each family to bring their own flower pots and smocks, and I would provide paints and marigolds to plant. Marigolds are just one of the many flowers associated with the Virgin Mary.
More kids take their turns painting... we did this on the patio to limit the mess. And yes, even though I put a huge, thick smock on my kid, she still ended up being the one to get permanent paint right in the middle of the front of her nice shirt... go figure!
All the other children placed flowers brought from home, or fake flowers I had on hand, at the foot of the statue. We did this following the singing of Immaculate Mary.
The older children each had a sheet so they could sing and pray along. Caroline led the Regina Coeli and the Hail, Holy Queen. I love this photo with all of them following along!
Here are our cupcakes and fruit salad... this yummy fruit salad was brought by one of the families and is made with strawberries, grapes, blueberries, and a can of mandarin oranges in their own juice... all dumped in together. The mandarin orange juice put a different and yummy twist on fruit salad! We also had potato chips brought by another family, and those were gone as fast as the fruit... I have a potato chip problem this pregnancy! ;)