Step One: Beautiful Monstrances.
Mission: find gold things. Lots of them. Enough to allow for some creativity. I scoured Hobby Lobby and found some beautiful gold things, but ended up opting for the following because of price. Gold things, even the fake ones, are not cheap. Therefore, I had to be a little choosy. This craft ended up costing about 40 cents or so per student, so it wasn't terrible, but it wasn't typical for me. I purchased some gold tissue paper (cheap and a little goes a long way), gold curling ribbon from the wrapping aisle (I had real ribbon first and then realized my terrible expensive mistake), and gold metallic scrapbook paper. All of these things were cut into equal sized portions and then passed out to the kids. They got two pieces of scrapbook paper that were 4" x 6", a similar sized piece of tissue paper, and a length of ribbon, of which they could cut off more. In the picture, there is glitter, but we ended up not using any. I am not anti-glitter like some teachers, but we just didn't get around to it with this project.
First. I folded a piece of heavy paper over about 1 1/2".
Autom has some similar Jesus stickers.
We then glued on a white circle for the host and added a Jesus sticker on the inside, representing how Jesus is hidden in the Eucharist.
Here is my final product:
And here are some of the students':
I know that you can't see them well, but they are all a little different, and I have gotten lots of comments from students from other classes who have peeked at them in the hallway and have said something like, "Jesus is inside there!" Yup, that he is.
Sheen Notebooks, with a few other things about the Eucharist.
We also made this cool pop out altar and priest craft, which I will post more about later. Finally, I included a great quote about the Eucharist.
"Man should tremble, the world should vibrate,
all heaven should be deeply moved
when the Son of God appears on the altar
in the hands of the priest."
~St. Francis of Assisi