There is a dark pink notecard stuck to my fridge. It is wedged between baby announcements for kids now in preschool and old ticket stubs from when my husband and I actually left the house.
It has something very special written on it:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
This is Deuteronomy 6:5-7. The reason it has been on the fridge for the last few years is because I want to never forget to talk about God to our children.
Teach Them Diligently to Your Children
It is crucial that we teach our children what we believe. The current season of Lent is the perfect time to do that!
However, it can be a little daunting. How can I possibly convey the gravity of the cross without the violence? Where do I even start?
On a practical side, how do I fit in teaching about this season when we have school and church, and so many other pressing things?
Also, if you’re like me, you’ve found that if you do find a lent guide for kids, it is geared towards those who belong to the Catholic church. And, that’s not us.
A Lent Guide for Kids
Because of these challenges, I will be the first to admit that I do a poor job of training my children how to honor God during Lent.
All that has changed this year, however! My friend Angela created a simple, scripture based plan to walk our kids through the 6 weeks leading up to Easter. I’m just thrilled that she has so graciously allowed me to share it with you all!
(And, because Angela is an incredible artist who’s art actually hangs above our mantle, the design of the guide is beautiful, too! Made Midwest, her design company, does incredible work.)
In the Lent guide for kids, there are suggested readings for each week from The Jesus Storybook Bible and Ergermeier’s Bible Story Book. There are also simple activities listed that go along with the stories.
Some of the activities are adapted from Play Through the Bible, an excellent free resource for anyone training up young children!
This Lent guide for kids was created for 2 to 4 year olds. However, it is certainly appropriate for ages 2 through 6. I think you could easily include older ages, also, by adding some complexity to the crafts. (Or, just not going as easy on them on the games!)
Let’s use the season of Lent to teach our children diligently!