Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lenten Activity for Kids -- Worth a Hill of Beans!

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


Anne said...

This is a great Lenten activity for the kids. In our family we collect the beans in a mason jar and on Easter morning the jar is filled with jelly beans to symbolize the sweet rewards of heaven.

Kathy said...


Thanks for the comment and suggestion -- that is a wonderful transition from Lent to Easter!