We pray The Stations of the Cross as a family each Friday during Lent. To keep the kids engaged we have a box with a little symbol for each station inside the box and the kids pull out the symbols as we pray.
I grabbed the wooden box at Michael's and painted it purple. Of course I used a 40% off coupon. If I ever hear that you purchase something at Michael's for over $1.00 without using a 40% of coupon I will be thoroughly disappointed.
Below are two sets of symbols for you to get ideas from. (The second set was a gift from our fabulous neighbors. Their daughter watches my kiddos one afternoon a week. If you are following our Journey Across America, she is the one who does the majority of the crafts and snacks with the kids... secrets out, I'm not super mom.)
- Coloring Page of each station: St. John the Baptist Religious Education (scroll down to find them)
- Children's Book: Stations of the Cross by Fr. Lovaski
- Stations Grotto Kit: Illuminated Ink
- Children's CD: Holy Heroes
Each night during Lent we have a time of family prayer that includes a story from the bible on the life of Christ. The kids then add a symbol from the story to our "Jesus Path". For a full list of the readings we use, as well as pictures of each symbol, check out this post. And for an outline of what we do during the prayer time go here.
- Lent is a great time to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary (Check out my post on tactile ways to engaged kids in the rosary to keep the little ones interest!)
- Prayer Jar: Each family member draws a slip with a prewritten prayer from the jar, these prayers are used for family prayer time: Wee Little Miracles
Throughout Lent the kids will be pulling thorns from our crown of thorns each time they make a sacrifice such as sharing, letting others go first, not complaining, or skipping a treat. The hope is to remove all the thorns before Easter so Jesus has just a crown!
The wreath hails form The Dollar Store and we painted it brown and stuck some toothpicks in it. This is a happy alternative to making the salt and dough crown that we have in made it the past, mainly because this version will last for years, not just one season.
- Sacrificial Bean Jar: Place a dried bean inside a jar for each sacrifice that you make, on Easter the dried beans are replaced with jelly beans: Three Sided Wheel
- Have your kids pick out some special toys to give up for Lent.
Each time the kids do an extra chore throughout Lent they can earn a coin for our purple piggy. At the end of Lent we will go to the grocery store to buy food with their money to give to our church's food bank.
The piggy is from The Dollar Store too, right next to the ugly statues of chubby puppies and Precious Moments knockoffs. Sorry if I just offended you.
We will also be making sandwiches each Tuesday night for FOCUS HQ staff to pass out downtown with the Christ in the City missionaries.
- Place a box in your kitchen and each day (or once a week), have this kids put a dried good in the box. At the end of Lent take the box to a food pantry: Three Sided Wheel
- Make a foam cross with slits in it to fill with coins: Catholic Icing
- Rice bowls (classic): CRS Rice Bowls
- Count your Blessings Book or Box: Fostering gratitude during Lent: Equipping Catholic Families
- 40 Bags in 40 Days: De-cluttering your house during Lent: White House Black Shutters
- Blessing Eggs: Each family member has an egg that other members can leave notes in throughout Lent. Everyone opens their eggs on Easter: Domestic-Church
- Countdown Calendars
- Catholic Icing
- Holy Heroes
- Oriental Trading Company (One of the daily tasks is to pray for the Pope!)
- Paper Chain: Oriental Trading Company
- 40 Days and 40 Nights: A Lenten Ark Moving Towards Easter: Liturgy Training Publications
- Music: Lent at Ephesus
- Pretzels and Lent: Catholic Culture
- 25 Kid Friendly Meatless Meals: Catholic Icing
- Meatless Meals: Pinterest
- Lenten Lapbook: Lapbooks for Catholics (Bean made this last year.)
Blessings to your family this Lent!
Check out these posts for more of my liturgical ideas!
Ideas for Holy Week
Ideas for Easter Season