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First of all, I am a mom of 5 (aged 17-7), and the Head Catechist at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Highlands Ranch, CO. I am responsible for the religious education program for children preschool- sixth grade.
We had just discussed in Oct. ways to get kids excited about attending Mass, and the opportunity to use The Mass Box came up. Nothing like the Holy Spirit kicking you in the tail to get your attention!
This box is TERRIFIC! When I first opened it, it was colorful, and interesting, but so perfectly packaged that I wasn't overwhelmed! Each week in it's own bag, and so easy to use that I can actually tell my kids to go get the bag and get started themselves! (I love stuff that makes them independent!)
The crafts are real, and solid. It's not just a coloring page, or construction paper, but an activity with a greater purpose that draws kids in and helps them see usefulness in our readings. The magazines have the right mix of information and questions so that you can't just be a passive attender, but you have to think about the what's and why's.
I will be recommending this box not only to all of my friends, but to every family in our parish. I know the best ages are 4-8, but I have older ones who will enjoy this stuff too! Thank you for creating such a strong product!
The people I've gifted with the Mass Box are so excited about the crafts. They say they are learning more about the Mass right alongside their children. In one family of four the older child reads the instructions as the younger child manages making the crafts. Both families are excited when the box arrives although they confess they sometimes prepare for several weeks at one time. And they really enjoy this "family friendly" approach to mass preparation. Thank you so much for making these crafts and instruction available as it is a true blessing for these families.
It really helps us to start conversations about the Bible and the Mass with our family. Our kids love the crafts!
Our kids have really opened up to learning about the Bible since starting the Mass box! Then, when they hear the same readings at Mass, everything starts to connect.
We have received 3 boxes so far and absolutely love them. The crafts each week have been wonderful, and have helped my 4 children prepare for and remember the Gospel each week. Additionally, they bring along their mass book each week to church and are easily able to follow along with all the readings. Finally, when my children see their crafts through out the house, they are able to remember the teachings of the Gospel (even my 4 year old)!
Thank you for your review! We’re so glad we’ve been able to help your family!
We've really enjoyed the Mass Box - it creates the perfect set up to teach to and from the liturgy at home with young kids. The crafts are engaging and fun, minimal work on the parent's part, and quality videos to help with the how-tos of teaching. All Catholic families with young children should be getting this!