It’s really hard to find religious activities for toddlers. Almost everything I find with a religious theme is way too complicated. But I did want to do a few things for during Lent.
The simplest one that we did was a mosaic cross. I printed out a cross template, and then we ripped apart colorful tissue paper into small pieces and glued them onto the cross. Love Bug enjoyed working with the tissue paper for the first time and thought the name of it was really funny. He always likes projects where he gets to throw a bunch of things down on glue, though of course a bunch of it falls right off because it’s not stuck down. (Though he’s funny…sometimes he’s so specific about how he glues things and does it piece by piece in a very ordered row.)
Our other Lenten project was this really awesome Stations of the Cross matching game that I got the idea for on catholicicing.com.
He’s a little young to really understand the Stations, and even some of the wording is a little awkward to be saying with him, but lately he’s been interested in the pictures of the Stations on the walls at church and wants to know who’s in the pictures. And of course a matching game is always good.
I printed two sets of the Stations and then glued one set down on the manila folder with the number. The other set, I stuck in a plastic bag and put the numbers on the back. He started out with just matching by number, but as there were fewer and fewer to find matches for, it was easier for him to see what pictures were still left and do it that way. The first time we did it, he wanted to do it a few more times in a row. I like this because it’s something we can keep using as he gets older and as he really does start to understand what the Stations are.