Here are three hands-on activities for Lent: a candle-based Stations of the Cross, a flipbook, and hands-on Lenten prayer table suggestions.
It’s also a time that comes with a built-in excuse for slowing down my busy household to a more reflective pace. Lent is a time for our whole family to narrow our focus towards Christ’s life through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. As you plan ahead for your family’s Lenten journey, here are two ways to incorporate hands-on learning.
Family Friendly Stations of the Cross (Two Ways)
Picture Flip Books
For our non readers, we printed small images for each station on card stock and put them on a key ring for easy flipping. Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families has a nice kid-friendly printable Stations of the Cross craft kit available for purchase that would work nicely or you can find an art set online for free (this is how we found our images). Even with the candles this gives the non readers something to hold and look at during the prayers. If you do create a set of candles with images, you can make your flip books match.
Lent Basket or Prayer Table Suggestions
- Purple Cloth
- Sorrowful Mysteries meditations (consider the Illuminated Rosary: Sorrowful Mysteries)
- Stations of the Cross pictures
- Divine Mercy image & prayer
- Small fish (to symbolize no-meat Fridays)
- Coins (to symbolize almsgiving)
- Crown of Thorns
- Desert box or small sandbox
- Cross puzzle