Unleavened Bread Recipe- Great Activity For First Communion Or Holy Thursday

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Before I lose anyone- trust me… you can bake unleavened bread! It doesn’t involve any yeast or rising or anything! Seriously, you can’t mess it up. Take that from someone who is far from being a gourmet chef. ;-)

bake unleavend bread wtih kids

Baking unleavened bread with your kids is a great activity for anytime you’re learning about the Last Supper. We are already counting down the days to Lydia’s First Communion on her countdown calendar, and we are very excited! We have made unleavened bread before on Holy Thursday, and I plan on doing so again this year in preparation for her First Holy Communion.

In the picture above, the bread (and grapes) are sitting in front of our Last Supper craft that you can download for free here. It’s pretty easy to put together.

Ingredients Needed For Unleavened Bread: Makes about 12 pieces. *note*- this is not meant to be actual communion bread, just a fun recipe to try at home with your kids.

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 8 Tbs honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbs softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 5 cups flour (we used white)

Recipe For Unleavened Bread:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix all above ingredients except for the flour.

bake unlevened bread with kids

Slowly add the flour. Knead until the bread is elastic.

dough for unlevened bread

Oil your hands, then shape balls of the dough in the same way that you shape hamburger patties. Ours were also about the same size as hamburger patties. Then poke holes in them with a fork.

poke holes in bread with fork

Grease the pan, and place the bread on it.

unlevened bread with kids

Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown around the edge. (Can you guess which ones I made and which ones Lydia made?) ;-)

made unlevened bread with kids

We served ours with grapes.

unlevened bread recipe

These are the perfect addition to any Holy Thursday dinner. :-) Kids are really capable of this mostly on their own given the easy nature of the recipe. Don’t forget to actually teach them about the Last Supper when you do this. ;-)

how to bake unlevened bread with kids

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True Presence In The Eucharist- Printable Craft For Catholic Kids

We’re still working on our First Holy Communion preparation at home with Lydia, and we’re planning a field trip to adoration. We’ve been learning about the true presence in the Eucharist, and this craft was such a fun way to drive that point home! This is a great craft for kids preparing for First Communion. (You can find all of my resources for preparing for First Communion here.)

true presence in the eucharist craft

Now, stay with me! This is a unique craft, but I’ve made it very simple for all of you. This prints out, you color by number, and then fold it back and forth like a fan. One picture is all on one side, and one picture is all on the other side, so when you move your head side to side, you can see it morph from one picture to the next.

Here’s what it looks like when it prints:

first communion color by number

I utilized a trick that I learned from Melissa and Doug, and I made the numbers match the actual colors that you color them. This way, the numbers disappear as you color.

color by number eucharist craft

Here’s my whole crew coloring in our school room!

kids coloring

That’s pretty much it. As you color, it looks kinda crazy.

color by number printable zig zag craft

The more you color, the more you can kinda tell what’s going on in the picture.

color by number jesus and monstrance page

When your picture is all colored, you cut both pieces out along the outside rectangles. One side will have a big white rectangle remaining. Line them up and attach the 2 sides together with a glue stick. When you have one large piece that is finished being colored, you’re ready to start folding.

Turn your paper over so you’re looking at the white side, and make the first fold back. Fold exactly on the vertical line.

how to fold zig zag paper

Turn your paper back and forth, folding like a fan on the vertical lines so it’s like an accordion.

how to fold paper like a fan

When you have them all folded, open it up a little bit, and mount it onto paper or card stock. You can mount it with hot glue, glue dots, or even tape. We used glue dots. Just place them on the folds where the accordion pieces will actually touch the card stock underneath.

accordion fold craft like a fan

Voila! You have your completed artwork! From straight on, it looks kinda weird- like this.

first communion craft

But from the right, it you see a monstrance…

monstrance color by number craft

And from the left, you see… “honey, turn your paper a little more to the left. Little more… little more… little mo…THERE! Perfect! Don’t move it. Smile! *click*” …. you see Jesus! :-)

jesus color by number craft

This was so fun, and the kids were literally enchanted with this craft! I guess it’s some kind of trump l’oiel, bi-picture, diy optical illusion? Whatever it is, I had trouble naming it, but I do know that it is really cool!

Lydia said “This is so cool because it’s showing how Jesus is in the Eucharist!” Lydia is so funny now, because as we work on stuff she’ll say things like “remember to tell them that it’s easier if you do it like this”, referring to all of you of course! ;-) Sometimes we hit snags, and we improvise and change what we’re doing. These are the days she tells me it would be easier if someone else were typing the directions for us. lol! She did help me out today to make sure I had number in all of the spaces (which originally I didn’t) but I think we’re good to go now.

monstrance jesus craft for first communion

There are a few areas that were too small for numbers, so they have dots of the color they are supposed to be colored rather than numbers. In most cases, these spaces are so small that it doesn’t really matter if they’re not really colored.

If you are crunched on time, you can leave all the blue areas white. This is the background. They are designated with the number “4″. So for instance, if I were doing this in a classroom environment, I would tell the kids they needed to color all of the other numbers, and if they had time at the end they could add the blue.

For a limited time, this is available for free, so be sure to download it now by clicking here!

first communion craft

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First Communion Countdown Calendar (Printable!)

As First Communion rapidly approaches at our house for Lydia (yay!) I wanted a fun way for her to anticipate her big day. I came up with this printable First Communion advent calendar where the child can mark off the days as he or she goes. Check it out!

printable first communion countdown calendar

The countdown calendar is in the shape of the Lamb of God, and counts down the 4 weeks leading up to your child’s First Communion. You can mark off, color, or put stickers on the days as you go. Whatever you want!

The printable calendar is available in black and white AND color. (The color version is one that I painted in with watercolors.)

watercolor lamb of God

You put your own First Holy Communion date in the middle and start on the right day for you.

first communion countdown- printable

You can either print the calendar blank, or with some activities to help prepare for your First Holy Communion. Some of the activities are things like “read the story of Blessed Imelda” or “plan a First Communion craft”. I made sure they are all things that you can either do quickly on the spot, or that the calendar says to “plan” or “schedule” rather than to do right away. ;-)

For a limited time, you can print the calendar for free!!!

Download the Calendar here!

first communion countdown calendar for kids

If you have a minute, share this link with your DRE or anyone you know with a child making First Communion this year. Thank you so much!

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Reconciliation Craft For Catholic Kids

We are still preparing for Lydia’s First Reconciliation at home, but Reconciliation is a Sacrament that we and our children should be receiving often. It’s never the wrong time to be learning more about the Sacrament of Confession. This craft focuses on the “Treasures Of Reconciliation”. I found it here, and thought it was an absolutely beautiful craft! I knew I had to make it with my kids. :-)

teach children the treasures of the sacrament of reconciliation

first reconciliation- teach kids

This was such a fun craft to make! We got to pull out all of the really fun craft supplies. I wanted this craft to be really special and memorable for them, so I pulled out all of my best stuff. You could make this craft out of a variety of many materials, but here’s what we did.

Supplies Needed:

  • Construction Paper (Brown for the chest, and whatever color you want for your background.)
  • Glue Stick
  • Foiled Paper (My kids loved having shiny paper! You can buy it by the sheet in the scrapbooking aisle at craft stores, or you can use regular paper if you want. We actually utilized gold doilies leftover from our Monstrance project, green shamrock doilies leftover from Trinity Sundaes, heavy duty foil left from our giant Miraculous Medals, and red and gold paper leftover from turning chocolate Santas into chocolate St. Nicholases. lol!)
  • Self Sticking Craft Jewels (It’s really nice to have the ones that stick like stickers rather than needing glue. If you’re trying to save money, you can use sequins and white glue instead.)
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Golden Doilies (optional)
  • Glitter Glue (in a variety of colors)

Also, think creatively! Candy wrappers can be shiny, old jewelry, if you have any old locks you can glue on the front, raid your gift wrap drawer- think outside the box. :-)

First, cut a long rectangle from your brown paper, and fold the top third down to be the lid. Glue onto your background paper like so without gluing the flap down.

how to make a treasure chest from paper

Now you want to go ahead and decorate the outside of your treasure chest. We glued 2 golden strips down the sides and drew dots on them with a sharpie marker. On the lid of our treasure chest, we glued on a pieces of golden doilies, and then another piece of golden paper where we drew a key hole with a sharpie.

treasures of reconciliation craft

Now you’re ready for the fun to begin! Start cutting out jewel shapes from your beautifully colored paper. Each one has a “Treasure Of Reconciliation” written on it with a sharpie. We used the ones I found on the original craft, and added one of our own. Here are the ones we used:

  •  Takes away my sins
  • Increases my treasures in heaven
  • Helps me say no to sin
  • Makes my soul more beautiful
  • Restores grace to my soul
  • Helps me to be good
  • Reconciles us with Jesus

reconciliation craft for kids

It’s best to first glue down the shape, and then write the treasure in. You’re less likely to smear the marker this way. Avoid placing any jewels on the crease line where your lid folds, or where you’ll see them from the outside of the treasure chest. We cut all different shapes for the jewels- I cut the shapes out of scrap paper and let my kids trace them, which helped a lot. They had so much fun as they worked!

first reconciliation treasure craft

Once you have all the jewels in place, decorate all around them with your stick on jewels. I suggest that you add glitter glue details last to go as long as possible without the fear of dragging your hand through wet glue.

first reconciliation craft for catholic kids

Lydia (age 7) wrote her own treasures on, but I wrote them in for Julian (my 5 year old). He was, however, able to build the rest of the craft (mostly) on his own, and he really enjoyed decorating all the jewels! I did not attempt this craft with my 3 year old. She woke up from her nap while we were in the middle of this and I just let her play with some glitter glue until we were finished.

first confession craft for catholic kids

Even I had fun making this craft! (What, ya’ll didn’t know I actually make my own crafts when I’m crafting with my kids? Pretty much always. It keeps me from doing that annoying mommy stuff where I want to do theirs for them so it looks really nice.) ;-) Here is mine after I decorated with stick-on jewels.

first confession craft for kids

And here is mine again after I filled in with glitter glue.

first reconciliation- teach kids

Kids always love sparkly stuff, and this craft just seems extra special and worth the specialty supplies! The glitter glue will need to dry overnight. In the morning, you can write “Treasures Of Reconciliation” in on your background paper. You can write this with a marker or glitter glue.

Here are our finished products:

teach children the treasures of reconciliation

teach children about the sacrament of confession

teach kids about reconciliation

My kids especially love how they don’t look that special until you open them, and then WOW! This really is a special craft that would be precious to do anytime you’re learning about or preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with children. We are putting ours in our First Communion Journal.

PS. I sure hope these pictures are doing the craft justice because it is super hard to photograph shiny stuff!

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