Lenten activities for children

As Easter approaches, I have been trying to incorporate some devotions about the Lenten season into my children’s lives. Behind the Easter bunny, coloring eggs, and lots of candy…I want my kids to know what this holiday is truly about. I have included some of my favorite ideas, and I hope that this can help spark some conversation in your own family as well.

What are some other Easter traditions that your family shares?

Jelly Bean Prayer
This is one of my favorite prayers that I remember from childhood. It is short and sweet, but can bring more meaning by including in your kid’s Easter baskets next to all of their treats.

Red is for the blood He gave
Green is for the grass He made
Yellow is for the sun so bright
Orange is for the edge of night
Black is for the sins we made
White is for the grace He gave
Purple is for His hours of sorrow
Pink is for our new tomorrow!

(http://www.thatswhatchesaid.net/2014/jelly-bean-prayer-free-printable/)

Resurrection Easter Egg Hunt
Here is a fun Easter egg hunt idea I found, where you can walk your child through the Gospel at the same time. Gather 6 plastic eggs (each a different color). Place the items below in each egg, and tell your child the Resurrection story while they open them.

Bread crumb: Jesus ate dinner with His friends (Luke 22:14-15)
Cross: The next day, Jesus died on the cross (John 19:17-18)
Strip of cloth/tissue: He was wrapped in cloth and placed in a tomb (John 19:40)
Rock: A stone was placed in front of the tomb (Matthew 27:59-60)
Empty egg: Jesus’ friends came to the tomb and saw that it was empty! (Luke 24:1-3)
Candy: Jesus is alive, and that is the sweet surprise of Easter! (Matthew 28:5-6)

(http://happyhomefairy.com/2012/04/01/resurrection-eggs-for-toddlers/)

Lenten Prayer Chain
Remember those paper chains from when you were a kid?! A fun idea I found was to create a chain long enough to cover each day of Lent (or what is left of this season). On each chain, have your child write something that they would like to pray for, or a good deed.

A similar idea I found, was to create a “prayer pot” full of Popsicle sticks, where your child can write on each of them. Every day throughout Lent, they can pull one out and accomplish what they had written.

(http://fromthesheepfold.blogspot.com/2011/03/try-this-lent.html)

Teaching about grace – at home activity
This is a wonderful visual representation on how Christ washes away our sins with the help of a few common materials you have around the house.

Me & You (cup 1): Tap Water
Sin (cup 2): Water and Iodine
Jesus (cup 3): Water and Bleach

Watch this short video clip to see how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZN0DzWLthU

Resurrection Rolls                                                                                                                                     A sweet breakfast treat on Easter morning! Why are they called Resurrection rolls? You use a marshmallow in the recipe, and when the sweet rolls bake up, the marshmallow disappears! The “tomb” is found empty! Check out this link for pictures and step-by-step baking instructions: http://thelarsonlingo.blogspot.com/2012/04/ressurection-rolls.html

Don’t forget the Easter egg hunt this weekend at Easter Lutheran Church by the Lake! Check out this link for more details: http://easter.org/wordpress/?page_id=6648

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May everyone have a blessed Easter!!

Katie Larson is a member of Easter Lutheran Church. She lives in Eagan with her husband Andrew, and their two young daughters, Clara and Audrey. In her free time outside of working as a marketing recruiter, Katie enjoys writing on the topic of faith and parenting.

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