5 Ways to Celebrate the Season of Lent with Children
Lent is about sacrifice, and it’s about detaching ourselves from worldly things so that we can get our mind and spirit realigned with what is important.
Since Easter is officially 6 weeks away, I want to share with you some ways you can celebrate Lent with your children.
1. Pray as a Family
You can pray as family. If you haven’t done so already, you and your family can start praying together. You can read a little bit of the Bible and really talk about the story with the little ones. If you are interested, you can even try the rosary with your children, by doing one decade a day with them. The rosary is not just a Catholic practice, but has been used by many people of different Christian denominations.
2. Give Up TV together or your favorite shows.
For children to really understand the sacrifice, you can institute no TV during certain days of the week (especially if no TV seems crazy to do all 40 days).
If that seems excessive, how about have your children pick their most favorite TV show (one that they stop everything just to watch) and give that up for 40 days.
3. A Prayer Jar.
In this Jar you can write down names of 40 different people (on separate pieces of paper) whom you would like to focus on that day to pray for. It’s a great way for children to learn to not always pray for things that they want, but to open up and see that they can pray for others as well.
4. Family Time
Not just in spirit, but really push this. Take out one hour (or two or an afternoon—depending on how much time you have) and really spend time with the family. Turn off the television, phone, and remove all distractions, and enjoy the moment.
You can pass the time by telling stories of when you were little and what tradition your family did during lent. You can play games with them, or go for a walk and talk to them.
5. Gratitude Journal
If you have young children, they can draw a picture about their favorite part of the day, everyday or every week. How often they do it is up to you. At the end of Lent, everyone can sit down and look back at what they thankful for. This activity can help them be mindful in their day.
In the very busy world that we live, we tend to forget that the simple things that are important are the things that you cannot acquire and buy. It’s relationships between our Lord, and our family.
This lent, let us be mindful of this.
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That’s a great way to help children understand! It’s never too early to teach them about Lent and to make it understandable for them. Thank you so much for reading 🙂
Those are great suggestions on how to get children involved in Lent. We make it a point that our daughter understands that we don’t just give up something to give it up, we give up something and replace it with prayer. Thanks for the tips.
Thank you so much Wanda! My little girl really loves the prayer jar activity. She really goes out of her way to include that person in her daily prayers! I’m so happy this post has been useful to you!
Hi Kalley, great kid-friendly ways to bring the whole family together during the season of lent. I really like the idea of the prayer jar.
I believe it’s so important to share religious traditions with kids in a fun way. And it sounds like you’ve done just that! Being grateful is key!
You are so right about sharing traditions in a fun way with kids! It’s a great way for them to understand on a a basic level and still be able to participate.
Great ideas and a really fun way to get children involved. I can see even if one do not have young children/grandchildren that these are things that can be applied to our adult life as well. Speaking of which, I really love #s 3 and 5.
Thanks for sharing and for reminding us of the season of lent that people tend to forget about.
I am so glad that you find these tips useful! And you are so right–these can be applied to our adult lives evenif we don’t have kids around us.