I am very grateful to Mary Ann Scheeler for sharing with us this wonderful activity for our children that she has created! Thank you, Mary!
Remember The Spiritual Christmas Crib for Advent? Well, this is the Lenten version!
The first three on the list have to be drawn on a large sheet of paper, similar to the crib and its roof, namely the mountain, the paths and pitfalls. Its not meant to be the Stations of the Cross, but a Spiritual Lenten Way of the Cross for children. The prayers are adapted from the Advent Spiritual Crib, and from a book called Lent for Children – A Thought a Day, and some I made.
So…get yourself a poster board….or more than one, depending on the size you are going to make the Way of the Cross. Some sharpie markers and crayons can be helpful…..and then draw the part that is applicable to the day as each day of Lent passes! OR use the clipart that Mary has provided here: Spiritual Lenten Children 40 Day Journey Printables
Get your children to color them on the corresponding day, and voila! you can add them to your Lenten scene!
You can also print out (or write out) the special prayer for the day and put the assigned one up so everyone can say it throughout the day.
This activity is a wonderful opportunity to make Lent more meaningful for all!
You can print out the instructions here: Spiritual Lenten Way of the Cross
A note from Mary Ann as you begin the activity:
This would be our first year, and everyone will draw/create theirs a little differently. The printables have almost three of everything, because I have three older kids who will be getting to have fun with it. If you have one child, you will only need one of everything and if you have more children you might need to print out more.
Some of the images like Jesus, or Mary, or Veronica, etc there is only one, because they are extra special.
The layout is something of the large mountain of Calvary, then there will be the long path, depending on how you draw it, could be steep, could be winding, or a little of both. The rest of the days are draw along the path wherever you want them.
You might start low and each day ascend a little higher, or you might just draw them wherever you think they fit. Some things like the crosses will probably be at the top. The very last day, the tomb, is separate, if you do the printables, and would be off to the side of mount Calvary. Hope this helps. 🙂