From Amy at Splendor in the Ordinary blog and her Shrove Tuesday post, comes this list of ideas for Lent family activities – particularly appropriate for Ash Wednesday:
- Plant seeds in a flower pot to sprout by Easter, an easy symbol of new life for children to grasp.
- Play a game to see who can remember the most 40s mentioned in the Bible and see which ones fit the rubric of fasting and feasting that we see in Lent to Easter.
- Discuss as a family what Lent means and why it is a practice of the church, particularly sharing with each other what God has done in past Lenten Seasons as a means of encouragement to begin the fast again but also so that our children may see our hearts rather than what some may believe is just a time of guilt and rules and restrictions.
- Color a picture of the imposition of the ashes to prepare the children for what will happen during the Ash Wednesday service. Also coloring a cross to hang in their room. I’m also trying to think of something to do to illustrate our theme this year of “an undivided heart.“
- Read the Scripture for Ash Wednesday so we may begin to meditate and receive of His Word.
- We end by praying the Litany of Penitence.