As parents and teachers, we’re always looking for great new activities to do with our kids, especially during these important liturgical seasons. Here are 5 easy and affordable activities that you can use to teach valuable faith lessons during this Lenten season.
Stained Glass Cross
Whenever we look at the cross, it reminds us of Jesus’ incredible love for us. These beautiful Stained Glass Crosses can hang in your window during Lent as a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and how He is “the way the truth and the life”. Download the template and instructions here.
Take time every day to think of something that you would like to pray for and put it into your prayer box. You can write specific intentions, the name of a person, or something that you're struggling with. It's a great way to practice giving our worries and concerns to God and trusting him to take care of the results. At the end of Lent, you can go back and look at all your prayers and see the ways that God answered them. Download this fun clipart to decorate your prayer box with.
St. Therese said that when she was in Heaven, she would send down a shower of roses to show that she was praying for us. We’re going to make Spiritual Bouquets to give to people who are sick or lonely so that they know that we are praying for them. Download the printable here.
Mission Money Banks
One of the things that we're called to do during Lent is give alms. Choose a charity or non profit and collect coins for them during Lent. Each child could decorate their own small box or you could make a larger Mission Money Bank for your whole family.
Learn About the Saints
The saints are our heroes in the faith, and their lives inspire us to grow closer to Jesus. This Lent, be intentional about giving your kids the opportunity to encounter these holy men and women. Read saint stories to your kids, put up saint posters in their room and print off pictures of the saints for them to color. You can get the Cat.Chat Saint Coloring Book and print off 32 saints to color or purchase a set of 33 different saint cards for them to collect throughout Lent.
There are so many wonderful ways to help make these seasons in our faith more meaningful and memorable for our kids.
What are some of your favorite activities to do with your kids during Lent? We'd love to hear about them in the comments below.