There are some very easy ways to celebrate this great saint. The sun is a symbol for St. Thomas, so we did our activities with this in mind.
Pope Pius XI once said the sun is the symbol of St. Thomas because, “he both brings the light of learning into the minds of men and fires their hearts and wills with the virtues.” I absolutely love that quote!
We used ABC cookie cutters to make the name St. Thomas and then we fashioned a sun out of the cookie dough. We chose to use yellow frosting since it is the color of the sun and it so bright and cheery! This activity also helps with spelling.
I purchased these cookie cutters from Williams-Sonoma. You can get a mini-set here. Mine are larger, but it does not appear that Williams-Sonoma carry them anymore.
The next activity is very easy and does not take much time, but we found it to be very enriching!
David made a sun out of yellow paper and as a family, one night after dinner, we discussed the gifts and virtues of St. Thomas. We talked about his purity, intellect, faith, humility, writing ability, etc. We also discussed how God gave him many gifts and he used them to glorify God We, too, have gifts and talents, and we’re called to use those gifts to glorify our Lord.
We then each wrote on the sun what we could do with our talents/gifts to glorify God. After we were finished, we hung our sun in our dining area. This was easy and such a rewarding activity for us!
Another year while celebrating this amazing saint, the children each made a sun out of paper plates (they used markers to color the paper plates yellow). Next we printed an icon of St. Thomas (we just went to Google images to find some) and glued it to our sun.
Younger children (see Patrick’s sun on the left) could write on their sun “St. Thomas Aquinas” and “Feast Day- January 28th.”
For example, Claire wrote on her sun (seen on the right), “Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.” — St. Thomas Aquinas
I love this quote by him!
We also read the book pictured here called St. Thomas Aquinas: The Story of the Dumb Ox by Mary Fabyan Windeatt.
A great website to visit for more information about St. Thomas Aquinas is Catholic Culture.
St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!