Lent and Ash Wednesday Activity Ideas for Families

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:

Activities:

  • 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.
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6 Responses to Lent and Ash Wednesday Activity Ideas for Families

  1. [...] Lent and Beyond – an Anglican prayer blog has some of the best reflections and devotionals around.  i particularly enjoyed the Ash Wednesday index and Lent and Ash Wednesday Activities for Families [...]

  2. [...] Lent and Ash Wednesday Activity Ideas for Families [...]

  3. My first-grade CCE kids made their individual crosses from draft (craft) paper we bought at Lowe’s and then cut and pasted magazine pictures that best represented what Jesus meant to them. And they embellished further by using crayons, markers, and pencil colors.

    Most of the kids glued so many pictures on their crosses that they “spilled over,” but their efforts looked great on the bulletin board.

    What I especially enjoyed about the activity was the kids’ conversations as they worked, although the best part was seeing/hearing how they built on the activity all on their own until their last class day.

    Thanks so much for your ideas, prayers, and so much more. I really like the way you bring together resources from everyone. Thanks for building community among us!

  4. [...] Lent and Beyond – an Anglican prayer blog has some of the best reflections and devotionals around.  i particularly enjoyed the Ash Wednesday index and Lent and Ash Wednesday Activities for Families [...]

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  6. […] Lent and Beyond – an Anglican prayer blog has some of the best reflections and devotionals around.  i particularly enjoyed the Ash Wednesday index and Lent and Ash Wednesday Activities for Families […]

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