Looking for meaningful Lent family traditions? Check out these eight ideas.
Creating Lent family traditions has been a beautiful thing in our family. I really never thought much about Lent and did not understand what it was until a few years ago. We were always very intentional with advent but then Easter would come and it seemed hard to know how to celebrate this season.
After a lot of research, I found some activities that were meaningful and helped our kids to understand the meaning of the Lent season. Each year they learn a little more and the meaning of the season sinks a little deeper into their minds.
If you have wanted to create meaningful Lent traditions but didn’t know where to start, this is for you! While the Lent season spans 46 days, it can feel overwhelming. However, there are little things that you can sprinkle in to help your kids learn the meaning of Easter.
Meaningful Lent Family Traditions
(1) Read a daily verse as you countdown to Easter.
We started this last year and it was a simple way for the kids to be reminded of Lent all season long. You can grab the printable verses here. With this, you can read the verse every morning or every evening together.
(2) Use Lent Candles.
Last year, we started the tradition of using Lent Candles. Using advent candles has always been a favorite for us and we really enjoyed using candles again during this season.
You will need 7 candles. On Ash Wednesday, you will have all 7 candles lit. Then every Sunday leading up to Easter, you blow out one candle. On Good Friday, you blow out the final candle. Then on Easter morning, you light all seven candles as you rejoice that Jesus rose from the grave!
Use the printable verse cards to guide you through this! They are part of the Intentional Easter Family Packet.
(3) Create an Easter playlist.
Another fun thing is to create a playlist for the season. The Nester talks about seasonal playlists and I love the concept. I have always had an Easter playlist and am intrigued to add in other seasonal ones. Create your own or view mine here.
(4) Use resurrection eggs.
This is a great hands-on activity to do with your kids. It takes a little bit of prep but you will have most of the items on hand already. Learn how to use resurrection eggs here.
(5) Have an Easter Scavenger Hunt.
Go on an Easter Scavenger Hunt. Once your child collects the items use the items to tell the story of Easter. This printable is part of the Intentional Easter Family Packet.
(6) Create a resurrection garden.
If your kids love nature and being outdoors, they will love this activity. Create a resurrection garden as a hands-on way to talk about Easter.
(7) Have a Holy Week countdown.
The week leading up to Easter is a great time to do the Holy Week Countdown. This is such a simple and meaningful activity.
(8) Use ressurrection rolls.
My kids always love this activity. It is very simple and perfect for little ones to do. Learn all about the rolls here.
Make sure to check out the Intentional Easter Family Packet. This includes 8 activities for Easter, the printable Lent countdown, the Lent Candle printables, and the Easter Scavenger hunt!
What meaningful Lent family traditions does your family have?
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