I was given a set of Rosary Roses by Annery's Handmade to review, but all opinions are my own (and my kids' too!). This post does NOT contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more information.
I was very intrigued by these Rosary Roses by Annery's Handmade when I first heard about them. We had just begun praying the Rosary together as a family, so I thought they would be a great learning tool for our children while we were all saying our prayers.
And after receiving our Rosary Roses, we quickly discovered that they have many more uses than teaching our children how to pray the rosary. These crocheted roses can be used in so many different and fun ways to teach our children about our Catholic Faith!
Praying the Rosary.
Obviously! This is what they were made for. Ten roses of one color for each Hail Mary and one of a different color for the Our Father and Glory Be.
Two of my favorite things about the Rosary Roses are that they're soft and the perfect size for a child's hand. They focus on their prayers better because they have something beautiful to touch and look at while praying. And since the roses are movable and are larger than the beads of a rosary, they also help them count the prayers better.
Our daughter J absolutely loves using them while we pray the Rosary. She particularly likes to line them up in an arc around her!
|Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego: The Miracle of the Roses|
Learning the Lives of the Saints.
During the Advent season, we celebrated several feast days, including the feasts of St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The kids had a blast acting out their story of the Miracle of the Roses with their Rosary Roses. They kept asking to play it again and again (B especially loved dumping the roses - go figure!) so it helped them to really learn and remember the story of these two saints in such a fun way.
There are so many saints with roses as a part of their story (St. Thérèse of Lisieux being my favorite "rose" saint!), so we're looking forward to continue using them throughout the year to teach our kids about the lives of these holy men and women of God.
|We love you, Mary and Baby Jesus!|
Honoring Mary, the Mother of God.
We love to give flowers to Mary, but we don't always have fresh flowers at our house (especially in the winter!). So we will lay the Rosary Roses at her feet to thank her for her "yes" to God to bear and raise the Savior of the World!
Have you heard of St. Thérèse's Sacrifice Beads? You "pull a bead" every time you make a sacrifice, like fasting, not complaining, doing something you don't like to (like washing the dishes!), etc. Well, we use the roses instead of beads. When the kids give something up - no matter how small - they get to put a rose in the bucket. And when the bucket is full, they present their roses to Jesus as gifts of love to Him.
|Excited that their bucket is full!|
Counting Acts of Kindness.
We use them to count good deeds as well. They also get to put a rose in the bucket every time they help clean up their toys, empty the dishwasher, share a toy without being asked, do something kind for someone else, and so on. Once again, when the bucket is full of roses, they lovingly present them to Jesus.
Needless to say, we love our Rosary Roses! They get played with or used everyday!
But the best part is that they are an excellent tool to teach our children about prayer, the saints, being grateful, sacrificial love, and being kind - which all draw us ever closer to our loving God!
P.S. Thank you, Annery's Handmade, for our Rosary Roses! They are well loved!
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