I’m very excited about the Catholic craft I have to share with you guys today! The 3 biggies during lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. This Lenten activity will help you teach kids about almsgiving, and also count down the days of lent.
Supplies needed to make this Almsgiving Craft:
- Fun Foam
- Exacto Blade
- Poster Board (or Foam Board)
- Hot Glue
- Glitter Glue or Marker
- 40 Pennies
Start by taking a large, rectangular piece of fun foam (available at a craft store for about .60) and cutting out the corners to make a cross shape. We used purple since that’s the liturgical color of lent.
Next, you’ll need to make 40 slits in it to hold the pennies. You want the slits to be about as wide across as a penny, but it doesn’t have to be exact. In fact, I was really surprised with just how forgiving the foam was- it really does a good job of holding those pennies. *Use caution with a box cutter!
Insert all the pennies before gluing it down. Trust me- this will make it much easier! Lay your cross where you want it on your poster board or foam board. Peel back just one section of the cross at a time and go around the edges with hot glue, then firmly stick it onto your paper. *Use caution with your glue gun!
When the edges are all glued down, cut out a mound of dirt from fun foam and glue it to the bottom. Then write “Give Alms” with glitter glue or a marker. At this point you can let your kids decorate it with markers, sticker, etc if you want. I opted not to because I want to use these same boards year after year.