Lent: Activities and Other Ways to Engage Children All Season Long

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Today begins the season of Lent for Catholics, Christians and others who use the period of reflection, charity and reconciliation. Young children associate Lent with giving up something but it is much more. There are ways to engage kids all through out the season and we’ve curated a few creative resources for parents below:

Easter composition of colorful eggs and sheaf of wheat card

Easter composition of colorful eggs and sheaf of wheat card

How to Celebrate Lent with Kids


In celebrating 13 years of Lent with kids, here’s the things we’ve learned. Maybe they’ll be helpful to you, too.

  1. Be reasonable. You can’t go all drill sergeant on your kids and start making demands of a completely reformed lifestyle during these 40 days. Trust me, I’ve tried. I believe we call that a #parentingfail
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Use the Jellybean Jar to help them along Source

40 Lenten Activities for Kids

  1. Make a Prayer Chain: List 40 intentions or people on 40 slips of paper. Link them together into a chain. Rip one off each morning of Lent and pray for that need.
  2. Bury the Hallelujah: Explain why we don’t proclaim hallelujah during Lent. To symbolize, write out hallelujah on paper and bury it in the yard or put it away in a box.

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Free Lenten Activities for Kids printable

Print out this guide of things children can do during Lent. Source

photo: Cassidy Lancaster

Palm Sunday: How to Create a Cross out of your fronds (VIDEO)

Today is Palm Sunday for Catholics and Christians world wide. The palms are representative of those crowds in Jerusalem waved when they saw Jesus and his disciples walking towards the temple on his donkey. The day is the start of Holy Week which includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Glorious Saturday and Easter Sunday next week. It’s the end of the Lenten season and the beginning of ordinary time in the church.
During services palm fronds are handed out. Later the fronds are burned and their ashes are used for the next year’s Ash Wednesday.
A neat thing that people like to do with their fronds is contort them into crosses that they keep at their work stations at work, in their kitchens and some use as bookmarks. 
Here is a video sharing how to turn your fronds into a cross.

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Lent: 20 Things even non-Catholics can give up

Today is Ash Wednesday  and whether you are Catholic, Christian, of another religion or agnostic, I invite you to take the next 40 days to reset your life and priorities.
While searching online for some tools to help me on my renewal journey for Lent, I  stumbled upong a Lutheran pastor’s blog post with suggestion of 20 habits, vices and character traits to consider giving up.
For wider appeal and to reach more audiences, I have appended it to make it secular and invite all of my readers to check these out and consider using this season to reset their priorities, goals and work on becoming a better person. 
1. Guilt – Today is a new day and the past is behind.
2. The need to please everyone – You cannot satisfy all those wanting your time, talents, energy and resources, so stop trying. Do your best and leave time for yourself and sanity.
3. Envy – Think: “I am fortunate with what I have. My value is not found in my possessions.”
4. Impatience – Good things will come in time if you are steady in your journey.
5. Sense of entitlement – Remember this of yourself: “The world does not owe me anything. I live in humility and grace.”
6. Bitterness and Resentment – Meditate on this mantra: “The only person I am hurting by holding on to these is myself.”
7. Blame – Recite this: “I am not going to pass the buck. I will take responsibility for my actions.”
8. Gossip and Negativity –  Practice this sentiment: “I will put the best construction on everything when it comes to other people. I will also minimize my contact with people who are negative and toxic bringing other people down.”
9. Comparison – Remember this of yourself: “I have my own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like me.”
10. Fear of failure – You don’t succeed without experiencing failure. Just make sure you fail forward.
11. Feelings of unworthiness – You are fearfully and wonderfully made. It’s easy in this world of comparing ourselves to others that we so quickly forget we have our own talents and are equally worthy of living life. 
12. Doubt – Believe there is a plan for you that is beyond anything you could imagine. The future is brighter than you could ever realize.
13. Arrogance– You’re not better than anyone & acting like it only reflects on you. 
14. Self-pity – We will be comforted in our sorrow. It’s never that bad and remember someone somewhere wants your problems in exchange for theirs. 
15. Retirement – As long as you are still breathing, you are here for a reason. You have a purpose to influence others.
16. Excuses – A wise man once said, if you need an excuse, any excuse will do.
17. Shame– Don’t dwell on your past & decisions. Live with them & learn from them. You are a much wider person today. Own your baggage.
18. Lack of counsel – Wise decisions are rarely made in a vacuum.
19. Pride – Blessed are the humble. Let others trumpet your triumphs for a change. 
20.  Worry – There is no value in it. You cannot control everything and worrying will not help.
Godspeed, everyone. I hope we all come out refreshed and renewed in 40 days.