Lent is here.
And this year, rather than have Lent be a time when my kids complain and moan because they can’t have dessert every night, I wanted it to be a more meaningful time of the year.
But Lent ideas for kids and family? Sometimes hard to come by.
Lent is super-important for many of us, as we prepare for Easter. It’s a time for sacrifice and reflection.
But it’s also a time for giving and kindness, which I think is especially important for our kids to learn.
So I’ve searched the ‘net and reached out to many friends this year, asking for ideas about how best to use these 40 days, the seven weeks of Lent.
Here’s what I found. . .
- Lent Ideas for Kids & Family:
I have long brought books to mass with us, even when my kids head back to Children’s Liturgy of the Word.
Books like The Mass for Children or the Children’s Book of Saints or my kids could flip through dozens of times.
But this year, I wanted the season of Lent to mean more for them–for us.
I found these great resources for us to use:
- 40 Acts: Love this. I printed the kids’ calendar and the 7-Week prayer book, and I just 100% love the focus of family time and giving.
- Good Deed Beads: I ordered a few sets of these beads, because I like that kids are keeping track of good things they’re doing. And they’re tiny enough to keep in their pockets each day. The cool thing is that you don’t need to order them–the site has instructions for making them at home!
- Lenten Calendar for Kids & Family: a cute, hand-made follow-the-path calendar that kids can color as they days go by. I like this, too.
- Stations of the Cross for Children: you can print this as coloring pages, in color, or in black and white book form.
- Lent for Children–A Thought A Day: I printed this and bound it with ribbon, and it was great to take to Ash Wednesday Mass. Cora declared herself in charge of reading our daily prayer.
- 10 Lent and Holy Week Activities for Kids: one-sheet printable that families can use for inspiration.
- Crown of Thorns: a girlfriend gave this to me, and the Salt Dough Crown of Thorns is a very hands-on, visual representation of how your family can make sacrifices during Lent. I think we’ll do this next year. Or maybe this weekend.
And of course, we’ll make Resurrection Rolls like we did last year. The kids really loved that!
Have a blessed and peaceful season!
Do you have any other Lent or Easter resources that work for you? Do share!
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