April is the month dedicated to the Holy Eucharist! We’ve been learning about the mass and Eucharist around here, plus I’ve been teaching my kids about adoration, so this is perfect for us! My daughter has been pretty fascinated by monstrances ever since “M” week around here, so we recently crafted these monstrances.
- A Pool Noodle (yellow)
- Pipe Cleaners (yellow or gold)
- White Paper
- Popsicle Sticks
- Craft Glue
- Gold glitter and or glitter glue
This is so incredibly cheap and easy to do that it would be a great craft for a whole class of kids, like for instance a first communion class. I actually had enough pieces left over from our pool noodle rosary make several of these! This is also a good craft to do in preparation for adoration for kids. Here’s what you do:
Before you begin, slice the pool noodle up. I got our pool noodle from the Dollar Tree, and it was flower shaped, but I have confidence that the craft would be cute with regular round pool noodles, too. I like to slice pool noodles with my bread knife- just be careful! You’ll also need to make 2 cuts for inserting the popsicle stick. You can do this with scissors. Each monstrance you make will need one pool noodle to have a cut in the bottom, and the other one in the side. See the picture:
Each child will need 2 slices of pool noodle, and 1 Popsicle stick. (We happened to have yellow popsicle sticks, but a regular one would work, too. You could also color them yellow with a marker.)
You can cut the pipe cleaners in fourths with scissors. Have the children insert them around one pool noodle slice- they will stick right in. My 5 year old and 2 year old were both able to do this.
Decorate with gold glitter and/or glitter glue. Lots and lots of glitter makes children very happy! Plus, monstrances are supposed to be special for Jesus.
We also added jewels with red and green glitter glue. (You can get packages of gold, green, and red glitter and glitter glue at most Dollar Trees).