Help children learn about Lent and visually track their progress with a Lent sacrifice bean jar. During Lent and as they make sacrifices and good deeds add a corresponding bean into your jar. Watch as each small sacrifice adds up to a greater good ; a visual representation of all the good deeds that have been accomplished.
How To Start a Lenten Sacrifice Bean Jar for Your Family
Use one jar for the family or, alternatively, use a small jar for each child in the house so they can see their personal contributions. Familiarise yourself with the Lenten sacrifices below and purchase some jelly beans.
During Lent and as you make sacrifices and good deeds add a corresponding bean into your jar. Watch as each small sacrifice adds up to a greater good ; a visual representation of all the good deeds that have been accomplished.
Understanding Lenten sacrifices :
RED - is the blood Jesus gave us. Each morning choose something to sacrifice that day.
GREEN - is for the palm’s cool shade. Earn a green bean for every good deed.
YELLOW - is for God’s light. Earn a yellow bean by sharing God’s light through kindness.
ORANGE - is for prayers at twilight. Earn an orange bean for remembering your bedtime prayers.
BLACK - is for a sweet rest at night. Earn a black bean by going to bed with a good attitude.
PURPLE - is for forgiveness and each new tomorrow. Earn a purple bean by apologizing for hurt words or actions.
PINK - is for a new tomorrow. Earn a pink bean by forgiving those who hurt us.
WHITE - is for the Grace of Christ. It is a gift and cannot be earned.
On Easter morning ....
On Easter morning fill up the remaining space in the jelly-bean jar with white jelly-beans. These symbolize God’s grace. Enjoy the beans and understand how the sacrifices we offer will one day be rewarded.
I hope your family will really enjoy this Lent activity - we'd love to hear about it in the comments below. Don't forget to Pin the image below so you can return to it next year!