The wording of the Beatitudes can seem very cryptic to elementary age children. This Beatitude activity is designed to help demystify them. The Beatitudes are important to our faith. I like to teach students about how they instruct us to have “beautiful attitudes” or “BE” attitudes. When we hold their “Beatitude attitudes” truly in our hearts, they help us live a much more happy life. And we live so much closer to the law of love that Jesus commanded.
This hands-on Beatitude activity emphasizes a few key concepts of the Beatitudes. First, it is reinforced that they all start with “Blessed are the/they…” wording. Second, the activity strengthens their knowledge that all the Beatitudes have a 2 part structure. The first part is the “action” and the second part is the “reward”.
- Print out the Beatitude words on cardstock using this printable template.
- Cut out each Beatitude and put in separate Ziploc bags or envelopes.
- Print out one of the free printable posters of the Beatitudes and post for all to see.
Template for Beatitude Activity
- Depending on your size of group and their needs, have the children work individually or in pairs.
- Give each child or pair one ziploc bag/envelope containing the words for one Beatitude.
- Ask them to call you over when the words are in the correct order so you can verify.
- When finished have them re-gather the slips back in the bags/envelopes an then trade envelopes with each other so everyone can try another one.