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Fun and Games with Mary

Activities and Downloads for Everyone

The following digital activities and backgrounds were created by Marian Library faculty and staff to provide creative and enjoyable ways to connect with our collections. All activities are appropriate for youth as well as adults, but some may require adult supervision.

Additional downloads and more can be found on Flyers at Home and UDigital.

Mary Flowers Match Game

Play two ways!

Print, cut and play this match game with your family and friends. Or, choose to play the online version. The Mary flowers on the game cards were illustrated by A. Joseph Barrish, S.M., and are part of the Marian Library's art collection.

Coloring Pages

Color images from the Marian Library's collections. Select your favorites from this wide variety of printable sheets.

Jigsaw Puzzles

Try your hand at these digital jigsaw puzzles featuring art from the Marian Library's collections.

"Mother of God of Dayton" by John Solowianiuk

Play Online

"Jesus at the Temple with Simon" by Sidney Matias

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Spot the Differences Activity

The tradition of Black Madonnas dates back to medieval Europe. This Epinal* engraving depicts a Black Madonna sculpture in the Cathedral of Notre Dame du Puy, a pilgrimage site in France since the fifth century. The cathedral is one of the oldest Marian sanctuaries in Europe. Built on the rocks high above the city, it resembles a ship sailing out to sea. 

Find the 12 differences between the authentic image on the left and the altered image on the right. 

Notre Dame du Puy Epinal Engraving, Andrée Jaclet, circa 1950 

*Epinal prints are named for a region in France where colorful commercial prints of public figures and religious topics were produced beginning in the late 1700s. Andrée Jaclet emulated this tradition in her 1950s prints of different religious subjects.

Digital Backgrounds

Add some flair to your virtual meetings or device wallpaper with these images from the Marian Library's collections. 

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Mary Statue Tour

If you are local or planning to visit the University of Dayton, you may be interested in this self-guided tour of the statues of Mary across campus.

Nativity Activities

These age-appropriate activity sheets were created to be supplemental resources for teaching school-age children about the Nativity. They complement the Marian Library's annual At the Manger exhibit.


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