In our blog “More Than Just Giving Up Sweets: How to Prepare for Lent as an Adult,” we took a closer look at the meaning of Lent and how as adults, we can celebrate its significance. In this blog, we are going to present ways that you and your children of any age can honor this holy time together.
Activities for All
40 Days, 40 Bags: Even if you get a late start, any time you begin this activity is a good time. It’s quite simple, too. Every day grab a bag and fill it with items from your home to donate. And then, of course, donate them to a worthy cause. Not only will doing this act embody the spirit of giving, it will also help declutter and simplify your home (which is also good for the soul).
Good deeds. Don’t let the name of this website fool you — the activities are great for kindergarteners, but they’ll also work with children in other age groups with lessons such as “A Good Deed is not a chore. It is an extra responsibility you take on” and “We never lie about Good Deeds.”
Lent: Pray, Fast, Give Printable: Sometimes we need a little help in coming up with new ways of demonstrating the tenets of the season. This adorable craft offers ideas by the handful. Use the suggestions shared on this website or brainstorm with your children to come up with your own.
Prayer Chain. This paper craft is so simple, yet so engaging, and looks great hanging up. Plus, and more importantly, this particular color-coded chain teaches about the different types of prayer and forgiveness while encouraging your child to act out each one.
Sacrifice Beans. When we make sacrifices or perform good deeds, just knowing that we did them should be reward enough. But sometimes it’s nice to see a physical representation of things that we’ve done — and it can be motivating for us and for others. Here is a fun idea of how to do just that, using whatever beans appeal to your family.
Stations of the Cross. You’ll notice that we’ve given you a link to a variety of creative ways to learn and appreciate the Stations of the Cross, which are so central to the holy season of Lent. Here you’ll find paper crafts, dioramas, and even a bandage cross to signify healing. Which one is your favorite?
In his Message for Lent 2018, Pope Francis reminds us that “Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.” This time is ideal for bringing the whole family together in spirituality.
What are some of the ways you and your family celebrate Lent? Let us know on one of our social media pages!