Are you thinking about celebrating Reformation Day Celebration on October 31 this year?
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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.
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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 time that he lived in (1483-1500s).
Hunting in the Forest
We had Hunting in the Forest. The kids shot a plastic crossbow with suction cup darts at a poster of forest animals–a big hit with the boys!
The kids threw pennies into a collection box.
Nailing the 95 Theses to the Door
Translating Greek Verses to English
We also had a quiz about Martin Luther’s life for the kids to fill out.
Making Stained Glass and a Sachet
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).
They also made a Sachet (enclosed Potpourri in a circle of cloth with a pretty ribbon to tie it closed).
and Illuminated Letters of a Scripture verse like the monks used to do when copying Scripture. Use pretty Metallic Gel Pens to decorate the letters.
At the last minute, I got the idea to play Musical Chairs. The music we 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.
Food and Decorations
We didn’t get fancy with food or decorations, but we might do that in the future! It would be fun to make food that was commonly eaten during the Reformation times.
Reformation Day Celebration Packet from Doorposts
Many of these Reformation Day Celebration ideas came from Doorpost’s Reformation Packet.
Below is a video from Doorposts so you can get some more great ideas for your Reformation Day Celebration.
Unit Study on Martin Luther and the Reformation:
Martin Luther and the Reformation Lapbook
The Martin Luther and the Reformation Lapbook
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Other Awesome Reformation Day Celebration Resources:
- Free Discussion Guide for When Lightning Struck, historical fiction for teens about Martin Luther
- Get this amazing project from Homeschool in the Woods:
- Reformation Day Music Lesson from the course Music Lessons for Holidays & Special Days
- “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” hymn study
- Reformation Day Printable Pack