Reformation Day {Activities for Kids}

Reformation Day is at the end of October, so why not have a Reformation Party?

Our family hosted a Night of Reformation (or Day of Reformation) several years when our kids were younger. As they grew older, they helped plan our Reformation parties. Our kids still have fond memories of those parties.

Before I go any further, you might be wondering what is Reformation Day …

Reformation Day is the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the church door on Halloween, October 31st, 1517. It is one of the turning-points in the history of the world, especiallyl the church. When Martin Luther nailed those 95 discussion points to the door of the Wittenburg Church, the Protestant Reformation was born.

Get 10 FUN activities to do with your kids to celebrate Reformation Day ... from

Since this is a turning point in church history, regardless of your personal beliefs, why not make it a hands-on learning activity for your kids?  Here are 10 Hands-On Reformation Day Activities.

1. Sing & learn A Mighty Fortress, written by Martin Luther. Included in Reformation Day Activity Guide & Printables. Use this hymn for copywork over the next few weeks. Discuss what each verse means to your family.

2. Trace the route of William Tyndale as he was on the run and translating the Bible into English at the same time. Discuss how you would feel if you were in Tyndale’s position.

My favorite art for children series - Durer is awesome artist
Great telling of Durer's story & art of the Reformation

3. Art Appreciation: Use one of my favorite children’s art series, Art of Children by Raboff. Read & discuss (Albrecht) Durer: Art for Children Series by Ernest Raboff.
Beautiful images & easy to understand art discussion questions included. All you have to do is open the book & read.  You can still get a copy of this “out of print” gem at Amazon here.Your older elementary / middle school kids can read Artist of the Reformation, Albrecht Durer, by Joyce McPherson

4. Act out Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses on the Wittenburg Church door. If you need a script, try  the one in  A Night of Reformation.

5. Calligraphy  your favorite Bible verse. Spend a week learning how to write in calligraphy.  I loved writing calligraphy as a teen and am thankful I know how to do it. I recommend using Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide to Elegant Lettering.

Learn how you can easily write elegantly. Great addition to homeschooling
Mystery of History, Volume 3 - Check out our history curriculum that brings history to life!

6. Listen to The Mystery of History, Volume III. Mom, take a break from reading aloud the next few weeks and listen to the story of the Reformation as Linda Hobar reads for you.  You’ll get the Christian perspective of history.

Astronomy for Kids - balloons

7. Science: Read Along Came Galileo I just finished reading this children’s story of Galileo before we visit his museum in Florence, Italy. The story is easy for kids to understand. As you read the book, let your kids make a model of the solar system showing that the planets revolve around the sun.

You might try making this balloon solar system.

Fabulous movie about Martin Luther - Yep, it's older, but I recommend it over the newer version...from
William Tyndale is a fascinating character. This DVD tells his story & is worth watching as a family

8. Watch a movie about one of the reformers. Here are a few.
Martin Luther: I like the older version because it doesn’t paint either Martin Luther or the Catholic church as either a saint or a villain. You can see the corruption that all churches can sink to if they become self centered and self reliant.

John Hus will inspire you to stand for Christ despite your circumstances. from

God’s Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale was a family favorite when our kids were here at home.

John Hus is another reformer that will inspire you as you see him stand for Christ, despite his circumstances.

9. Choose a book to read aloud or individually, using narration & journaling each day.

Fine Print is about Gutenberg. Recommended by

Fine Print (Gutenburg) Early Elementary

This is a story about John Wycliffe. Recommended by

Morning Star of the Reformation (Wycliffe) Upper Elementary

A story about Queen Mary and the English Reformation. Recommended by

Mary, Bloody Mary (Queen Mary & English Reformation) Middle School

This is a story about Tyndale. Recommended by

Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By Day (Tyndale)  Junior High

This is a story about Martin Luther's wife. Recommended by

Kitty, My Rib (Luther’s wife)  High School

This is a story about Lady Jane Grey. Recommended by

Coronation of Glory (Lady Jane Grey) High School

This is a story about Martin Luther. Recommended by

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther  High School & Adult

Even though this is a long book, I found it fascinating and highly recommend it to all homeschool moms & dads.

10. Host a Reformation Party. Make it a potluck dinner or lunch. Have each family sponsor a booth with a Reformation activity. To get more ideas, look at  Celebrating Reformation Day Unit Study

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As a mom, you might need a quick refresher on Reformation history. This simple package will give you everything you need, including a 1 hour webinar giving an overview of The Reformation.  Check out Celebrating Reformation Day Unit Study

Question: Have you ever celebrated Reformation Day? If so, what did you do? Please leave a comment by clicking here.

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