Nun Craft – Paper Bag Puppets

Catholic ABC’s Week: 19
Letter of the week: N
Theme: Nun
Saint of the Week: St. Nicholas
Craft: Paper Bag Nun Puppets

Materials needed to complete this craft:
  • Paper lunch bags
  • Assorted construction paper
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Manila File Folder
  • Scissors
  • Assorted supplies for “extras”

I developed this craft to use with my preschool co-op class, who are all 2 years old. This is the version I intended for them to make. (They didn’t get to make theirs yet because class was canceled this week due to weather). 

This is a generic nun craft. Lets call her Mother Superior. She’s made out of black construction paper and white copy paper. Because the kids in my class are only 2, I cut out the pieces ahead of time but allow them to assemble the pieces themselves. Here are the pieces you’ll need:
To get the size of the dress right, just trace the paper bag onto black paper. First glue on the rectangle for the dress, then the side pieces of the habit, then the white rectangle of the habit, then the top black rectangle. Add the white collar piece. Then decorate the face as desired and add any additional pieces you’d like. When assembling, be sure to hang the head half way off of the bag flap so it functions as a puppet. Let the habit pieces hang down- don’t attach them to the body or the puppet won’t work.
Sometimes, when this craft is made by a 2 year old, it turns out like this. Who am I to argue with an “artist”? If that’s where he wants the eyes, I say “That’s very creative, Julian!”.
I wanted my preschool class to make little rosaries for their nuns. I think this will be a big hit, because 2 year olds love to string stuff. I’m providing half a pipe cleaner each and some regular pony beads. My plan is to encourage them to string on 10 beads for a 1 decade rosary. Stringing onto pipe cleaners is super easy to do because they’re already stiff, and the pony beads just stay on- no falling off the bottom. Bring the loop around, twist it shut, stick on one more bead for the “Our Father” and add a crucifix to the end. I have a pack of these crucifixes from Autom- they’re only 9 cents each! I love to let kids use them for crafts because they’re no good for regular rosaries. (They’re not much more sturdy than aluminum foil). You can just glue these rosaries right onto the puppet. If you don’t have any crucifixes, just cut some crosses out of paper.
Because we studied monstrances last week for “M”, Lydia was absolutely insistant that her nun have a monstrance instead of a rosary. My reply to that? “Sure! She can be Saint Clare!”. (Who, by the way, would actually have a brown robe).
This one was all Lydia. She did all the cutting, gluing, and designing. She (of course) chose the largest googly eyes I had, and multiple colored markers for the face. She even traced around a can for the head and cut the circle out herself. She’s almost 5. The monstrance she needed help with. I helped her to cut out the yellow piece like you would a simple snowflake craft by folding it first, and then cutting. We used felt for her habit because I actually ran out of black paper. Can you believe that? Then I made a nun with a monstrance, too!
So if adding a monstrance turns a generic Mother Superior to St. Clare, who does the nun become with some roses?
St. Therese! Sort of… but she actually also needed to have a brown robe. That would be so easy because you would just leave the bag brown! Anyway, her roses are made from tissue paper and green pipe cleaners. Nuns actually come in all different colors, so do a google search and make a bunch of them from all different orders! Pink and purple nuns definitely exist. :-)
For extra fun, dress up like a nun when teaching your preschool for the letter “N”. You have no excuse not to because I posted directions for making the world’s easiest nun costume ever yesterday! (And now it allllll makes since.) ;-) And dress your daughters up like nuns, too. So much fun!
Grab Bag Ideas for the Letter N: (be sure to check out the Classroom Script fordirections on using the grab bag.) Nuts, Napkin, Nail polish, Nurse hat, Necklace, Nun doll, bottle Nipple, Nail file, Nail (use caution), Name tag, Nativity, Nerds candy, Net, Newspaper, Notebook, Nickel, Noodles, compass for “North”, Nose (compliments of Mr. Potato Head), Nutmeg.

For More Resources, check out the Catholic Toolbox lesson plans for the Letter N. (Her N lesson is on Noah’s Ark.)

Catholic ABC’s runs here at Catholic Icing every Wednesday with the newletter of the week. You can get the details of this program by checkingout the Classroom Script.

We had a lot of fun with these! Expect to see more paper bag puppets from me in the future because my children adore them! :-)

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Celebrate St. Brigid’s Feast Day – Here are some ideas!

Saint Brigid’s feast day is on February 1. I almost missed it! St. Brigid was really awesome, and Irish, and friends with St. Patrick. Trying an Irish craft or recipe (such as St. Brigid’s bread) to celebrate her feast day would be a great idea!

Definitely don’t miss your opportunity to make a St. Brigid’s cross!
Find the How to make a St. Brigid’s cross- I include a picture tutorial.
You don’t need straw to make this- you can use pipe cleaners!
 I also keep seeing this children’s book, St. Brigid’s Cloak.
I really want to get this book for my kids- it looks cute!
Brigid's Cloak
Also, Waltzing Matilda has a free printable coloring page of St. Brigid! Isn’t that awesome? Hope you guys enjoy this great feast day!

Celebrate St. Valentine’s Feast Day- And Link Up Your Ideas, Too! :-)

As promised on Catholic Icing’s facebook page, I’m hosting a St. Valentine’s Day Link up in honor of this oh-so-popular saint. That’s right- a saint! Catholics are reclaiming St. Valentine’s Day! Whoot!

First I’m going to share my past St. Valentine’s Day ideas!

I made for St. Valentine’s Day.

Last year we made some

Also check out my post on 

These are my favorite- check out these

I also have a few Saint Valentine’s Day round ups from last year including making a Valentine for your sweetheart (this includes some ideas for Valentines with your vows- so cute!),  Spiritual bouquets for St. Valentine’s Day, Catholic St. Valentine’s Day Crafts, and some more St. Valentine’s Day ideas (including a coloring page and a printable from Paper Dali). And I still have more to come this year! :-)

We’ll also be reading this St. Valentine Book. It’s a cute book, and my children and I did learn a thing or two about St. Valentine. ;-) I was actually lucky enough to find a great deal on this book a few years ago at Ross. 

Saint Valentine

Now it’s your turn! What are you doing for St. Valentine’s day? How have you celebrated in the past? Link ‘em up! :-)

If adding a link, please link back to this post within your post. Feel free to use the image above, but it’s not required. Also, link straight to your Saint Valentine post, not your generic blog address.

URG! Linky Tools started charging for link ups since I posted this, and they seriously deleted the existing links! I put up a new linky below, so please put your links back up! I didn’t even get a chance to visit them all yet! :’(

Craft a Monstrance with a Gold Doily

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Catholic ABC’s Week: 18
Letter of the week: M
Theme: Monstrance
Saint of the Week: Mother Teresa
Craft: Monstrance Craft

Supplies needed to complete this craft:

  • Gold Doilies (Available in the cake decorating section of your local craft store. I got a package of 12 for about $2.50)
  • Gold Paper (I bought just one sheet in the scrapbooking aisle for 60 cents. It was enough for about 10 monstrances.)
  • Glue Stick
  • Stick on Jewels (also available in a craft store)
  • Foam Board and/or Paper (You can get foam board at the Dollar Tree, and each board will yield enough to make 4 of these).
  • Marker

This week in my preschool co-op class, M is for “Monstrance”. This was a great craft for my class!

I cut the pieces out ahead of time so the kids could put them all together. If your kids are good with scissors, I would let them cut the pieces themselves. I first had them glue down a piece of green paper for the table (so the monstrance wouldn’t appear to be floating). We used green because we are currently in ordinary time. Next they glued on the golden sticks for the monstrance, and then the doily. The “host” I just cut out of white paper and drew on a cross with a marker- have them glue it in the middle and decorate with jewels however they want.

As they’re working on their craft, talk to them about how the monstrance is gold and decorated with precious jewels because of how special Jesus in the Eucharist is to us.

I really like the one my 4 year old, Lydia, made on purple paper! I would have liked to offer the kids in my preschool class to make them in different colors, but it wasn’t feasible with so many kids.

Because Lydia is older than the kids in my preschool class and she is learning to write her letters, I wrote the word “Monstrance” lighly with a pencil and let her trace over it with a black marker- then erase the pencil marks.

We also talked about circles at preschool this week, so this craft went along perfectly as a Catholic circle craft! Also, consider a field trip to adoration this week for your child to see a real monstrance. Our church has a special hour for children’s adoration, and I’m taking them tomorrow (weather permitting…).

Grab Bag Ideas for the Letter M: (be sure to check out the Classroom Script fordirections on using the grab bag.) Monkey, Money, Man, Monster, Moon, Moose, Mother Teresa holy card, Motorcycle, Mouse, Mug, Magnet, Marble, Mouth (from Mr. Potato Head), Monk.

For More Resources, check out the Catholic Toolbox lesson plans for the Letter M. (Her M lesson is on Moses.)

Catholic ABC’s runs here at Catholic Icing every Wednesday with the newletter of the week. You can get the details of this program by checkingout the Classroom Script.

Check out all of my First Communion Resources for Kids here.


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