Are you thinking about celebrating Reformation Day (October 31) this year?
Reformation Day is the day we remember the start of the Protestant Reformation when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses onto the church door at Wittenberg, Germany. A few years ago, we did a unit study on Martin Luther and the Reformation, culminating in a Reformation Celebration on the night of October 31.
Reformation Day Celebration:
On October 31 a few years ago we celebrated Reformation Day with a party at our house. Four families joined us for a really fun time. I set up our basement with different games and activities for the kids. All of them related to Martin Luther’s life–either specifically to the Reformation or the times that he lived in (1483-1500s.)
We had Hunting in the Forest (the kids shot a plastic crossbow with suction cup darts Plastic Crossbow with Suction Cup Darts
at a poster of forest animals–a big hit with the boys!)
Alms Giving (throwing pennies into the collection box)
Nailing the 95 Theses to the Door
Translating Greek verses into English and A Quiz about Martin Luther’s Life
In the Artisan’s Studio, the kids could make Stained Glass (put tissue paper over Clear Con-Tact Paper on a white paper plate with the middle cut out),
Or make a Sachet (enclose Potpourri in a circle of cloth with a pretty ribbon to tie it closed),
and Illuminate Letters of a verse like the monks used to do when copying Scripture. Use pretty Metallic Gel Pens to decorate the letters.
Many of these ideas came from Doorpost’s Reformation packet.
At the last minute, I got the idea to play Musical Chairs. The music used was Chant and Renaissance dance music! I was amazed at how much the kids enjoyed it! They played over and over!
My kids dressed up in costumes from the Middle Ages/ Renaissance: peasant maidens, knights, and a monk.
We also had a group time where we sang “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and some other hymns and praise songs. My kids had memorized Romans 1:17, Ephesians 2:8-9, and Romans 10:9-10 and shared those with everyone.
We didn’t get fancy with food or decorations, but we might do that in the future!
Below is a video from Doorposts so you can get some more great ideas.
Unit Study on Martin Luther and the Reformation:
Find more information about the Unit Study and Lapbook on Martin Luther and the Reformation here at I Choose Joy! and here at Homeschool Helper Online.
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