Monday, April 11, 2011

Arma Dei Review: Cathletics Key Cards

Arma Dei has a lot of great products that are great tools for teaching children about the treasure of our Catholic faith.  Several months back I was given the opportunity to write some product reviews of a select group of the products Arma Dei has to offer.  My final review in this series of product reviews is the Arma Dei Cathletic Key Cards.

In all there are eighteen different Cathletics Key Cards offer by Arma Dei.  These cards cover a wide range of Catholic topics.  There are Cathletics Key Cards for the rosary, bible heroes, angels, daily prayers, altar servers, patron saints, vessels & vestments, reconciliation, rules to live by and several more.  For the purpose of the review, I was send three Cathletics Key Cards: Vessels & Vestments, Rules to Live By, and Reconciliation.  All three of the cards have been well received by my older daughter who is nine and a half.

I have to say that I think Vessels & Vestments is a favorite.  My daughter is a fairly new altar server (she's been serving since the feast of the Immaculate Conception) and she has found this card to be a great way to learn the names of some of the vessels that are used during Mass.

I think the Reconciliation card is a great aid for preparing for the sacrament of reconciliation.  This card walks you step by step through the sacrament.  This is not only helpful for children, but I imagine many adults would find this card nice to have on hand.  The card also offers a child friendly examination of conscience.  An Act of Contrition is also printed on this card.  I think this particular card could be very helpful for students who are preparing for  first reconciliation.  

The Rules to Live By card is one that is packed with information.  Children can use this card to learn the ten commandments, the eight beatitudes, the seven virtues, the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and the six precepts of the church.  Where applicable, this card also lists references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Geeky moms like me get excited when they see Catechism references like that on kid's things.)  I like this card because it can be used as a sort of trivia game.  You can use the information on the card and ask questions to see just how well your child knows the rules to live by.  

I like how these cards nicely complement other Arma Dei products.  The illustrations on the Vessels and Vestments card are just like those on the Reverence and Awe and Cathletics Playing Cards and Catholic Lingo Bingo game.  All of these cards are great for fostering an interest in our Catholic faith among children.  

For more information on Cathletics Key Cards, visit Equipping Catholic Families, the Arma Dei blog.  While you're there, check out some of the other great products this Catholic apostolate has to offer.  You'll be glad you did.

I was provided with three Arma Dei Cathletics Key Cards by the publisher, Arma Dei, in exchange for my honest review.

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