These are a few of the resources I'm using as I plan for the next 40 days:
Lenten Calendar for Kids by Catholic Icing
I found this great countdown calendar at Catholic Icing. I really like the way it looks like a game board and that you are sort of traveling on a journey to Easter.
You can print the PDF or you can save it to your computer. Counting down the 40 days to Easter, rather than using dates, makes the calendar reusable each year.
Lent Activities for the Family by Miiko Gibson
This is also a PDF you can save to your computer and print.
Gibson is a protestant and briefly, but respectfully, explains what Lent is. The remainder of the e-book is comprised of ideas for activities to do as a family during Lent.
One of my favorite ideas is "#20. We can have 'new life' in Jesus! Do something crafty like make a tissue or coffee
filter butterfly. Or draw a butterfly and paint or color it. Look up 2 Corinthians
I haven't decided yet which of these activities we'll do. Gibson suggests printing them all on cardstock, placing in a bowl and randomly drawing each day. With my little guys I feel the need to prepare things ahead of time but if my kids were older I might do that.
Whether you buy this pre-made product or collect items to put in plastic eggs, this idea is fantastic for teaching children the events leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus.
I'll use these eggs a couple of times a week to discuss the Easter story so that my kids are familiar with it. I'm also leaving them out in a basket as a part of our Spring/Easter decorations.
Homespun Heart has a post FULL of ideas as well as another PDF to download or print.
I'm definitely using some of her ideas. I especially like the way she links each activity to a specific verse. She has another fun idea to hang a names of Jesus garland. I can't use that one this year but I'm filing it away for the future!
Mustard Seeds who had linked to Celebrated Family for an idea to remind children of Jesus' wounds. On Good Friday you draw a red dot on the child's palm and write his name across the dot.
This will go along beautifully with the verse I plan to memorize in April with my children.
It says, "He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that bought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed."
- Catholic Icing
- Apples 4 the Teacher - Christian Easter, page 2, page 3
- FamilyLife - Resurrection Eggs Activity Book PDF includes MANY coloring pages
Are these ideas new to you or traditions at your house? Do you have an Easter or Lent tradition that I missed?