Lent for Little Ones
by Lillian Silver
I teach a first grade faith formation class. Lenten group
activities are very hard to find, so I created some for
my class. I kept them quite simple so that all the
children could manage them without too much trouble. My
aim was to do an activity each week during Lent, here
are the first four:
A Lenten Cross
The first week, the children cut out crosses
from the cardboard from cereal boxes and
large tissue boxes. They made the corsses
whatever shape or size they wanted, though
you could draw a pattern on the cardboard
first, or have the crosses cut out ready for
Next, they cut out small pictures from
magazines and glued them on the crosses.
They choose whatever pictures they wanted
and as many as they wanted.
This cross created a theme for prayer and
thankfulness for all the good things we have
in our lives. Their crosses filled with
everyday images also encouraged them to
relate Jesus to their everyday lives. They
loved the crosses. Some took them home.
Others left them to be displayed on the
What is Lent
Another activity for the poster is to ask the
chldren draw and color a picture about the
word LENT and what it means to them.
This is an extended activity of the same
theme as Week One. It helps the children see
how Lent has a place in their lives.
Our Ideas About Lent
Divide class into four groups. Give each
group a piece of cardboard or poster board
about the size of a 1/4 of a poster board.
Have the word LENT in block form already on
Pass out magazines. (This is where your
collection of old National Geographics and
Catholic family and children's magazines
comes in handy.) Ask the children to cut out
pictures about creation, religion and life
then use them to decorate their poster of
One group may fill in the block letters with
the pictures. The other group may put the
letters on the outside of the block
The children have to cooperate to do this
activity. They need to discuss the choice of
pictures and how they are going to be put on
the poster. They gain an understanding of
all the things that are part of Lent, and an
understanding of each other.
A Lenten Prayer
Pass out a small tissue box to each child.
Ask them to cut out the smoothest panel from
Show the children how the panel is a drab
grey. Suggest to the children to glue on
that side a pretty piece of colored paper.
The other side of the panel (the outside of
the box) is already pretty.
On the papered side ask the child to write a
simple prayer: "We receive our love from God
up above. I love to pray to God each day."
When they have completed the card, pass them
around and ask them to share their prayers
with each other.This activity shows the
children how prayer changes our life. It makes
it beautiful because with prayer we are
following God and doing God's will.
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