Help your students prepare for Lent with this Lenten Promise craft activity.
By Sara Jonckheere
Have your students identify and remember their Lenten Promise with this easy to make craft. Students will focus on a way they can work on prayer (like how to add more to their prayer life), something they are going to give up or fast from, and some type of almsgiving (charity or service projects, donations, etc.) that they plan to work on during the Lenten season.
Free Lenten Promise printable
Colored paper/card stock (optional)
Before beginning this craft, have a discussion with your students about Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. Not only discuss what each of those words means, but also create a list for each word with age appropriate activities. This will be especially helpful for younger students.
Print out the free Lenten Promise printable. To make it a little more durable, try printing on card stock. You could also print the second sheet on colored paper to give it a little pop of color.
Have students cut out the shapes that say “Prayer,” and “Fasting,” and “Almsgiving.” Fold the shapes in half on the dotted line so that the word is in the front. Have students lift the flap and write what they will do for each of those three areas. They can refer to the list you created as a class or come up with their own idea.
Once the Lenten Promises are written under each of the three flaps, glue them onto the first Lenten Promise sheet. You will see the words “glue this side down” so that you know what side gets glued to the paper. You can glue these on first and then write, but it is often easier to not write on a surface that has glue under it, so try writing first and then gluing.
You should now have all three circular shapes glued down, but they should be flaps that still lift up. This not only gives students a little bit of privacy with their promises, but it also serves as a reminder that students can refer to throughout the Lenten season.
Have students finish coloring and decorating the Lenten Promise page. Allow students to display these in a place where they will be able to regularly reference the promises they have made an help keep them accountable throughout Lent.
Sara Jonckheere is an elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She now creates digital curriculum and resources and shares teaching ideas on her blog, Sara J Creations.
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