Lent is here.
A time of preparation, a time of waiting, a time of surrender.
How do we help kids understand this time, instead of jumping to Easter festivities and fun?
Here are some simple things we do at home:
Crown of thorns
The most common and meaningful way to to prepare for lent is this.
We have repurposed our Advent wreath, which was originally a bird’s nest, to make the crown with toothpick thorns.
Each day we will try to help ease Jesus’ pain a little by all the good things we can offer.
Stations of the cross is another beautiful prayer during Lent. My 4 year old joined me last year and he wants to do it this year. We usually just pick up something off YouTube but here’s one my son really enjoys:
I have some ideas cooking in my head to make the stations more engaging for my boys, so I’ll share them soon
And here is our ‘40 days of Offering‘ jar.
You can get this as a free download.
Just print on colored sheet, cut and string up if you want to use it as a tracker.
There’s also this 40 day, 2022 Lent tracker starting Ash Wednesday and goes on till Easter
that highlights the Sundays of Lent and feasts in between. Get it here
A Lent Planner also available free to write down simple offerings for the month.
What will I stop?
What will I do more of?
What will I do less of?
What will I do daily?
Who or what intentions will I pray for?
The FAITH BLOCKS Sunday worksheets will be covering the 3 pillars of Lent- Prayer, Fasting and Alms giving in the coming ways. So if you haven’t subscribed yet, then now would be a good time.
And since they fall right into your inbox every Friday, they are the most easiest, no prep fun sheets you can use to make Lent purposeful for your child. The next set drops on Friday so get yours now.
Read on how I survived the overwhelm of Lent prep and where God led me this Lent.
Have you got your free printable praying coloring sheet and display sheet for Ukraine?
And here is my reflection on making a meaningful Lent.