Lent or Lenten is a Christian observance that lasts approximately 40 days, beginning on Ash Wednesday until Easter Eve. Because Lent requires the act of abstinence, also known as fasting, adults were typically more committed to its practice than children. As of 2011, Lent is not only practiced by Catholic adults, but by Protestants as well as children. Nevertheless, because of the profound discipline that Lenten ensues, there is the perpetual search for "Lenten Activities" offered by youth groups to pique the interest of the young.
The Sunday School Kids (SSK) website suggests a lesson plan on the 40-plus days of Lenten beginning with the history and tradition of the observance, along with other connections to the biblical number "40." Because Lent is non-Biblical, its relationship to Easter is one approach to take.
The legend of the pretzel and its origin is a major part of the Lenten History as observed by Catholicism. SSK suggests telling the story, after which the children will bake their own for eating. There is also the creation of paper pretzels to correlate with the pretzel concept and its meaning.
Lima Bean Counters
Catholic Culture suggests creating a counting jar filled with colorful Lima beans to help children keep up with the 40-plus days of Lent. Because Lent is a spiritual observance, with emphasis on charity and alms, practice daily "alms" or prayers as each Lima bean is placed in the jar.
Create Your Own
While a myriad of Lenten Activities are listed online, it is also a good thing to create your own activities with the help and aid of your children or students.
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