We as Catholics focus on 3 things during Lent– Praying, Fasting, and Giving Alms. I wanted to make a craft with my kids to introduce this concept and help them plan their Lent. This craft is also a great one to hang up during Lent as a reminder!
- Assorted Paper
- Glue (I like glue dots for this one)
- White Paper (or small paper plates)
- Plastic fork, knife, and/or spoon
- Pipe Cleaner
- 11 Beads
We started with a piece of purple paper, since that’s the Liturgical color of Lent. You can write “LENT” at the top of your paper.
The symbol for “Pray” is a little rosary. You can see my post on how to craft these rosaries here.
Write “Pray” near the rosary. On this one, I wrote “pray” on purple paper using white out.
The symbol for “Fast” is an empty plate. If you don’t have a small paper plate, just cut a circle out of paper. Glue down your plate, fork, and spoon. Write “Fast” in the middle of the empty plate. I like to use glue dots to stick on the plastic silverware. A glue gun is a great alternative, but not great for kids. (FYI- You can now get silverized plastic silverware that really looks real!)
The symbol for “Give” is a hand with some coins. You can use circles of yellow paper, or circles of foil. You could also save your wrappers from your St. Nicholas coins for this. Trace your hand onto some paper and cut it out. Glue it down with the coins on top. Then write “Give”.
I also added this craft on our Lenten display board.
And here is a picture from a few years ago of our fully “Un-decorated” Lenten mantel.