I happen to love beans, they are high in fiber and protein. They are also delicious -- at least, I think so. There is more to the bean than meets the eye. They can be a useful tool in explaining Lenten sacrifice to your children.
Catholic Culture shares an activity from the book, Year and Our Children, by Mary Reed Newland, that uses beans with a two-fold purpose: to teach sacrifice and its connection to new life in the Resurrection of Jesus. Each time a child makes a sacrifice, he places a bean in a jar. In this way, the child can see the progress he is making through Lent. The use of beans also serves as a vehicle to explain the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord. A bean must suffer to be planted, die and eventually erupt into new life.
To read more about this activity and to get other ideas for Lent visit Catholic Culture -- Lenten Sacrifice Beans