Catholic Activity: Acting St. Wenceslas' Story at Preschool Age
St. Wenceslaus' feast is September 28, plus we think of him at Christmas when we sing "Good King Wenceslaus" carol. His story can be acted out easily, and is a good activity for young children. One of the very best ways to learn religion is to act it. Little plays made up at home are useful in teaching some facts of religion. (Incidentally they give training in speech and help to cure self-consciousness.) As a matter of fact, no Catholic home is complete without its religious theatricals.
St. Wenceslas' story lends itself to acting. If there are several children in the family, or if you can bring in two little friends, St. Wenceslas, the beggar, and the page are three characters which appeal to small folk. In snowy weather, the good deed of King Wenceslas can be acted out of doors, when the children are bundled up to play in the snow. It is hard to imagine a child whose heart will not be stirred with pity for the poor, after having seen the good king and the page start off in the bitter weather to the beggar man's hovel.
Activity Source: Religion in the Home: Monthly Aids for the Parents of Pre-School Children by Katherine Delmonico Byles, Paulist Press, 1938