Nov 022018
 November 2, 2018  Birth of the Bab, crafts Comments Off on Stained Glass Heart Craft: The Birth of the Bab

In anticipation of the upcoming Bahá’í holy day, here is an easy but beautiful stained glass heart craft for the Birth of the Báb we did in our children’s class. It only requires a few materials yet allows children to be creative and add their own personal touch on it.

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Stained Glass Heart Craft: The Birth of the Bab

Next week, Bahá’ís will celebrate the anniversary of the birth of one of the Prophet-Founders of the Bahá’í Faith, known by His Arabic title, the Báb (“The Gate”). This stained glass heart craft is a fun activity for the holy day to use in a children’s class or at home. It makes a beautiful gated frame for a short prayer from the Báb.

Materials (per child):

1 sheet of card stock

1 block of contact paper, about the size of the sheet of card stock

Torn tissue paper of varying colors


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For this stained glass heart craft, I did steps 1-6 myself ahead of time, to prep for a class of 3-6 year olds; however, if you are working with a child one on one or have a group of older children, you may choose to have them do some of these steps.

1. Fold the card stock in half cross-wise. Lightly crease then reopen.

2. Fold each end toward the crease mark so that they meet in the middle. This will be your gate. Sharply crease these edges then reopen the sheet.

3. Fold the card stock in half again (as you did originally) and cut out a large heart shape. Make sure not to pass the creases you just made in Step 2.

4. Take the cut out shape and make it smaller by cutting off about an inch all the way around. The amount you cut off will be the amount of space you have for the “stained glass” to show through.

5. On this smaller heart, write this short prayer (see below of a melody you can teach for this prayer):

O God, my God,

my Beloved,

my heart’s Desire.

– The Báb

6. Fold the contact paper in half (with the sticky side facing in). Trim so that it is about the size of the back of the gate when refolded.

7. Peel the paper off of one half of the contact paper and have the children place the small heart with the quote in the center.

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8. The children can then decorate the remaining area of the contact paper with the torn tissue paper. You may also wish to give them other items, such as glitter, to use.

They can fill the space completely or leave some spots empty, as they wish. Just make sure they leave room around the edges so that you can seal off their creation at the end. They should focus on decorating the center of their rectangle, as only the area around the heart will show through at the end.

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9. When they are done, peel off the backing of the rest of the contact paper and fold it over the decorated area to seal it in.

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10. Glue this sealed contact paper to the back of the gate, so that the small heart shows through in the center of the cut-out heart space.

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Once you have finished, children could also decorate the rest of the gate frame with markers or stickers, if they wish.

Here is a melody for the above prayer that you can teach the children as well:


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“Oh God, my God, my Beloved, my heart’s Desire.” – Bahá’í prayer . I finally have my voice back after being sick for more than a week, so I can share with you the melody for this prayer from the Báb, which we used in our stained glass craft (see post from last week). This is a short, easy prayer for kids to learn for the Birth of the Báb holy day coming up in just over a week! It celebrates the birth of one of the Prophet Founders of the Bahá’í Faith in 1819, known by the Arabic title the Báb, which means “the Gate” because He prepared people for the coming of Bahá’ulláh, the other Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. . . . #mkbkids #bahaifaith #bahai #prayer #prayers #spiritual #music #song #mommyblogger #momsoninstagram #kbnmoms #Sacramento #instagood #instamusic #ignorcal #holyday

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Happy Birth of the Báb to those celebrating next week!

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Oct 172014

Character Building Game for Kids {Birth of the Bab} |

Here is a simple but fun game to reinforce virtues like kindness and generosity.  For the past year I have been helping teach character-building classes for Monkey and several friends.  I wanted a fun way to review the lessons we had already learned, and I know from experience that this group of 4 and 5 year olds learns best by doing. 

So here is a “gate” game, inspired by the upcoming Bahá’í holiday the Birth of the Báb.  I wanted to reinforce the symbolism of the Báb as the Gate for Bahá’u’lláh, but it’s a fun activity for kids of any background, since who doesn’t want to be a gatekeeper for their friends??

Character Building Game: How to Play

One child stands at the front with his/her hands out to the sides, like a gate (in a doorway if possible!)  Then s/he gives clues (either verbally or with charades) about a particular virtue, like generosity or patience.  (For young children, an adult or older child can help).  The other children try to correctly guess the virtue in order to be allowed through the “gate.”  The first through the gate becomes the new gatekeeper.

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For older children, you could make the game more challenging by not allowing them to use common words as clues for particular virtues.  So for “patience,” for example, you might forbid the gatekeeper to say “waiting” or “time.”  You could also challenge the other children to recite a piece of Scripture about that virtue in order to get through the gate.

For Bahá’ís, you could have the gatekeeper give clues about people from Bahá’í history, like Martha Root or Tahirih!

Happy Birth of the Báb to those celebrating!

Oct 152013

Gate Craft - Birth of the Bab

I had a very elaborate craft planned for the upcoming Bahá’í holiday Birth of the Báb – last year.  I sketched and schemed, shopped and dreamed.  And then delayed.  And delayed some more.

With a very active toddler and a baby on the way, it was just hard to find the time and energy to make my beautifully designed craft.  So I decided it could wait until the Declaration of the Báb holiday in May, but that came and went as well.

This year I was determined to make the craft that I had dreamt of for so long.  So I gathered my materials and my nerve and got started one recent afternoon during Baby Monkey’s nap.

I should have just delayed some more.

Let’s just say that while our iron survived my experiment with Heat and Bond (but only after much cleaning), the ironing board cover did not.  Apparently Heat and Bond is not for the mechanically challenged.

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I tried to forge ahead anyway, but the sad result was a stained, crooked, rippled mess.  Thankfully I have a preschooler who likes to smash things, so I figured at least it wouldn’t go to waste.

But I was still determined to do something for the Holy Day.  And finally I realized that there are probably many mothers like me who also dream of doing elaborate crafts but don’t have the time — or, if they are really like me, the talent — to do them.

So here is a simple yet elegant little craft you can whip up during nap time or that you can do together with your older kids.  The result is a fun workable gate that any child will enjoy.  For Bahá’ís it has the added bonus of being a great visual to help kids understand the Báb’s station as the “Gate” for Bahá’u’lláh.

Gate Craft for the Non-Crafty

You will need:

Paper grocery bag


Tape or glue

Markers/paint/decorations (optional)

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Cut a 12″ x 24″ rectangle out of your bag.  As much as possible use the natural folds of the paper.

Fold the paper lengthwise (writing facing in), so that it now measured 6″ x 24″.

You may want to go ahead and glue the two sides together a little, just so they don’t shift on you when you start to cut the gate pattern.

You can leave it as is or follow this simple pattern to draw a gate on either end of your rectangle.

Cut then do a final gluing around your new edges.

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Fold the gates in so that they meet in the middle.  (Your rectangle should now measure 6″ x 12″).

Decorate as much or as little as you like.

Since I am using this for the Birth of the Báb, I wrote “The Báb” on the outside and “Bahá’u’lláh” on the inside, to reinforce the Gate metaphor for the relationship between the two Prophets.  I also used some scrap felt to make a little candle on the inside, since Bahá’u’lláh was from the province of Núr (“Light”) in Persia (and because it’s pretty!)

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Gate Craft {Declaration of the Bab} -

If you decide to do this craft, I would love to see how they turn out!

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