As a mother of a 3 year old, often the longest hour of my week is during Mass on Sunday. These last few months I've been church-hopping a bit just to change things up a bit in order to keep Gianna's attention. It's worked fairly well and she really has improved tremendously.
I noticed she beginning to play church fairly often and always wanted me to stand in line for communion (or commillion - as she calls it.) Not long after that a friend on Facebook posted about a children's mass kit that Wee Believers puts out.
It's cute as can be but costs SEVENTY BUCKS! How riduculous is that? I suggested that she could probably make one of her own with things she already had. (Don't you hate when people suggest those things.) Well, I started thinking about it and thought I would compile a few things to make our own mass kit.
I'm not quite done but I've had fun with my little project.
I used mostly plastic or melamine pieces that I spraypainted with brown Krylon spraypaint for plastic. I used an unbreakable bathroom cup that wasn't spraypainted becasue I knew she'd have her mouth on it.
I found those little battery powered votive lights. I had an extra liturgy of the hours that I had packed away - but any old book would do since she doesn't read. I had some white felt that I doubled up, cut into circles and glued together to make them a little sturdier.
Well, I gave it to her today and she immediately got into Liturgy mode. I was surprised at how much she was able to re-enact. Of course, there was a fair amount of Gianna's creative flair added, but all in all, it was sweet for a three year old.
Although the priesthood is out of reach for her, she may very well have a future in some sort of liturgical ministry and I'm excited to have this teaching tool so early in her little life.