Wednesday, March 12, 2014

40 Days of Lent Egg Basket

So before I even start this post I want to give all credit to this Blogger! I just thought the idea was SO brilliant that I booked it to Hobby Lobby and immediately started putting together my own basket!

I grabbed an unfinished cross (that has a built in stand so it's easier to display) for painting during Good Friday. A bracelet, several charms and a wooden coloring scene of Easter and the empty tomb. I had already purchased a small Bible coloring book from the Dollar Store for J's Easter basket which I decided to use pages from in some of the eggs. She can color the picture and we can talk about the biblical scene.

I decided to number my eggs and fill them as I go so that I can control what things we're doing on what days. It just makes it a little easier for me to plan ahead. So, this is what I came up with...

Medal Mondays- receive a charm for bracelet along with lesson on what it means (cross, miraculous medal, angel, dove, etc. This is a good chance to do a mini lesson on Mary, angels, saints, holy spirit...)
Taking Time Tuesday- acts of service (visit elderly, clean up a park, give food to homeless, household chores, etc)
Word Wednesdays- read one of the Mass readings and have a craft or coloring to do
Thinking-of-You Thursdays- Make and mail a painting/ drawing/ homemade card to a family member
Family Fridays- pray one decade of the rosary for a family member (today we did our immediate family, next week will be Grandma & Grandpa, then Nana & Papa, then a week for each set of Aunts & Uncles... just so happened to be exactly 7!)
Sacrifice Saturdays- give up one small thing (tv show, water instead of juice for dinner, put fav toy away for the day, etc)
Sweet Sundays- I am a believer in Sundays being a day of rest as well as a day of no Lenten penances (The 40 days don't count Sundays.) So I don't have any numbered eggs for Sundays. We are going to do the same thing we already do which is have J listen in Mass and ask her questions about the readings. Basic stuff... who was in the story, where were they, who was talking, what were they doing... what ever questions apply. And if she is able to get a few answers right she gets an egg with some candy or other treat inside.

This is what I have so far if you're interested in the specifics...

1. (W) Bracelet to wear during Lent as a reminder (I didn't have any charms on it yet.)
2. (TH) Coloring page of Jesus, kneeling and praying. Colored it and hung it over the basket. Talked about Lent being a time of prayer. Also, that the color of Lent is purple.
3.(F) Egg with Rosary and a piece of paper saying "Mommy, Daddy, C and J". Prayed one decade together for our family.
4. (S) Give away two toys (talk about sacrifice)
5. (M) Angel medal (+ teaching... I just did a post on guardian angels here.)
6. (T) Bring meal to homeless
7. (W) Jonah and the whale with coloring page and bible time (Jonah didn't obey God and he got swallowed by a whale! Give goldfish snacks to go with the theme. More ideas here, here and here. )
8. (TH) Mail Letter/Craft to Grandma & Grandpa
9. (F) Pray rosary for Grandma & Grandpa
10. (S) Make playdoh and give to a friend
11. (M) I put some chocolate gold coins in her egg, talked a little about St. Patrick and did a coloring sheet
12. (T) Make something for J's teachers & talk about how Jesus was making his disciples into teachers
13. (W) Read toddler bible Mass readings and talk about St Joseph
14. (TH) Mail letter craft to Nana/ Papa
15. (F) Pray decade of the rosary for Nana/ Papa

(I will fill in more as I go... but you get the idea)

J woke me up this morning by whispering "It's time to open egg #3, Mommy!" I think she likes it! Hope your kids enjoy it too!

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