As we start the holiest week of the year, I wanted to share some of the activities we have planned. All of them are quick and easy to put together (because that’s kind of where we are at in life right now) so even if you’ve waited until the last minute to try to do something for Holy Week, have no fear. Just click the pictures for links to the directions and activities.
Holy Week Wreath
Wee Little Miracles created this beautiful wreath to tell the Easter story. I had seen the same Oriental Trading activity she mentions and wished to do something similar but the author Erin did such a fabulous job, why reinvent the wheel? Click the picture to visit her site for all the directions, downloads, and more great ideas.
Cross and Crucifix paintings
Last year we painted cross paintings that were beautiful and easy to make. We simply made a cross on the paper using painter’s tape and then painted water colors over the cross. We did this with another family. Some of the kids chose to add words with crayons ahead of time; others simply painted around the cross.
So of course I can’t find any pictures of our beautiful crosses. I’ll keep looking and update when I find them but in the meantime, imagine a white cross on a page of beautiful watercolors….
Similar to our cross painting, Do Small Things With Love has done a watercolor crucifix painting. This week the kids get to choose which one they would like to make. Just click the image to visit her page.
Easter Egg Printable
We created this printable a few years ago when our girls were little. Now we have our son who has gotten old enough to make the Easter Eggs so they are back in the rotation again. You can find all the directions here.
Hot Cross Buns
This Good Friday we will be enjoying traditional Hot Cross Buns. On Friday we will simply score the buns with a cross as we will be fasting, but any buns leftover will be getting yummy icing cross for Easter. Catholic Cuisine has a great recipe along with historical info about this Lenten treat.
Stations of the Cross
This is one of my favorite parts of our Catholic faith. I love the Stations of the Cross. Really, I love Good Friday. Maybe that’s not quite the right emotion or not the right way to say it. But I just love so many people coming together as a group to mediate on the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus, walking in his steps on the road to Calvary, venerating the cross.
It does get hard to keep the little ones quiet and focused during the Stations, however. My go-to is coloring books of the Stations so that they can follow along while also staying occupied. Here are a few different ones–just click the image to visit the different sites.
From Catholic Playground:
From Catholic Mom: Stations of the Cross coloring pages
And if you need help getting your kids into the Stations of the Cross, check out the Lego version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs5Z8TAVoGg
Happy Holy Week everyone!!