There are 10 Activity Center suggestions from which to develop your event. Use them all or choose those best suited for your gathering space, time, budget, and volunteer availability. They're easy to follow and designed to work effectively as described. You can start small one year and add, adjust, or adapt activities from year to year. Click the links in the Materials section of each Activity Center description to view or to print the resources intended for use. The provided Family Handouts vary from one page to several pages. You will want to have one set of handouts for each child who participates.
Note that two of the centers include label-sheet patterns designed to be duplicated onto Avery Labels to make stickers. These labels are available at office-supply stores.
The Intergenerational Event is designed to conclude with a Good Friday Prayer Service, which incorporates the Agony in the Garden Drama. The Easter—Resurrection Garden home activity provides a connection to the parish Easter Sunday celebration.
Prayer Holder Activity Center
The children will construct a prayer holder depicting the three crosses at Jesus' Crucifixion to encourage them to develop the habit of prayer.
The following is recommended if large numbers are expected or if many are likely to come without having registered in advance.
Resurrection Cross Activity Center
The children will create and decorate a cross as a visual reminder of Jesus' Resurrection.
Passion Booklet Activity Center
The children will make a booklet to reinforce their understanding of Jesus' passion and Resurrection.
Preschool Activity Center
The adults will engage the children in the Lenten story by reading to them from storybooks and by helping them with puzzles and similar activities.
Gardening God's Way Activity Center
The children will plant seeds in a cup to take home and blossom, symbolizing the new life of the Resurrection.
Passion Ribbon Activity Center
The children will color, cut out, and staple symbols of the passion in chronological order on ribbons to provide a visual representation of events of Jesus' passion and death.
Offering Box Activity Center
The children will decorate a box and collect change to place in it as a way to participate in the spirit of sacrifice.
Lenten Fast Activity Center
The children will have a meager snack of pretzels and water to represent the spirit of Lenten fasting.
Triduum Bracelet Activity Center
The children will make bracelets out of yarn of multiple colors that represent various aspects of the passion and Resurrection of Jesus.
Consider the following alternatives for children who have difficulty braiding.
Agony in the Garden Drama
The children will dramatize the events leading up to the arrest of Jesus, to be performed during the closing prayer service.