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Children's Craft Ideas for Preparing for Holy Communion

by Tiffany Barry

First Communion is one of three sacraments that initiate children into the faith. During First Communion, your child will receive the Holy Eucharist -- a thin wafer -- for the first time and will now be able to take part in the Communion ritual during Mass. Preparing for this step in your child's faith is easier when fun crafts are incorporated into learning time.

First Communion Banner

Some parishes require that you contribute to the First Communion banner. These banners can be hung in the church during the First Communion or be used to decorate other parts of the church or classrooms. Check your parish's guidelines on size and appearance, and create your own First Communion banner. Use a piece of felt as your base. Cut additional pieces of felt into the shape of a chalice and Eucharist. Attach these with a nontoxic tacky craft glue and then embellish your banner. Draw your child's name in glitter paint or add a cross to the Eucharist or chalice. Alternatively, you can cut felt into the shape of hands cupped to receive the Eucharist with a felt circle directly above the hands to represent your child receiving it for the first time. Some other symbols appropriate for a First Communion banner include grapes, the Christian fish symbol and a cross.

First Communion Cake

The chalice is an integral part of Communion.

Your child's First Communion should be a celebration, so invite your friends and family to a party honoring your child's special day. Before the event, bake a cake with your child, let it cool and transfer it to a sheet pan or cutting board. Using a butter knife, help her cut the cake into the shape of a chalice. Throw away any excess cake. Now that you're left with the chalice-shaped cake, let your child cover it with a thin layer of white icing. Have your child cover the cake in yellow, edible candy beads you can find in the baking section of your local craft store. You're left with a gold chalice cake. Take this a step further by creating a cake-shaped Eucharist covered in white icing and white candy beads to place above the chalice. Arrange your cake on a presentation plate and serve to your party guests.

Salt Dough Eucharist

Talking about the Eucharist can be an abstract concept for young children preparing for First Communion. Create your own Eucharist out of salt dough and practice giving and receiving it as you would during Communion. To make your salt dough, combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of cold water in a bowl. Mix until it forms a ball in the bowl. Transfer your dough onto a cutting board and knead for about a minute. Pinch off a spoon-sized portion of dough, and roll it between your hands. Flatten the ball so that a small disc is formed. Use a toothpick to mark the sign of the cross into the disc. Let all your salt dough Eucharist air-dry. Once dry, use them to re-enact the Communion ritual. Take turns pretending to be a volunteer giving out Communion and being the one receiving the Eucharist. Note that the salt dough Eucharist is not edible and should not be consumed.

Grow with Jesus Craft

Communion is the ritual that allows Catholic to take Jesus Christ into their body, and you can give your child a visual representation of this by planting a seed to grow with Christ. For this First Communion inspired craft, you'll need a sponge, acrylic paint, a flower pot, potting soil, a packet of flower seeds, craft sticks, scissors, glue and construction paper. First, let your child decorate his flower pot by sponge painting symbols of First Communion like the cross, Eucharist and chalice onto the sides of his flower pot. While it dries, create an image of Jesus Christ with craft stick. Assemble your craft sticks into the shape of a man and secure with glue. Cut the construction paper into the shape of a robe like the one Jesus Christ might have worn. Glue the robe to the craft stick figure. Add a face and hair to your figure of Christ. Attach your Christ figure to a single craft stick that will later be used as a stake. It should extend at least an inch further than the legs. When the flower pot and figure have finished drying, fill the flower pot with potting soil. Place your flower seeds into the potting soil according to the directions. Marigold flowers are a good fast-growing option for this activity, but you can also use bean sprouts. Water your seeds and place the figure of Christ in the pot.

About the Author

Tiffany Barry is a freelance writer with a background in early childhood education. She has been in the childcare field for more than 10 years. Barry writes about education, parenting and motherhood.

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