Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lenten Cross Project for Kids

When I first started teaching in the wonderful Catholic School in which I teach, I had one of those awesome parents who was always there when I needed an extra hand and always had a smile on her face when she was in the classroom. During the time that she was with me, she shared this sweet Lenten cross project that I do every year. I think of her every time I get the materials out- what a sweet memory!

This project is easy and if you are looking for a striking bulletin board, this fills that need! (Click the picture above to get a Google doc of the project!)

The first thing I do is teach my students the meaning of the colors:
BLACK - We all sin.
RED - Jesus died.
WHITE - Jesus wiped our sins away.
GREEN - Jesus gives us new life.
YELLOW - We have new life in Heaven with Jesus.

To do the project,  children trace the cross onto purple construction paper and glue onto a half sheet of black construction paper. Children cut small pieces of black, red, white, green, and yellow construction paper and glue onto the cross in a mosaic pattern. Glue the words onto the other side of the black paper. Voila! An easy craft with a BIG meaning!
When my students finish their crosses, they make a fun Lenten bracelet using the Lenten colors.

 Until next time!



  1. Wow what a great idea. So glad I stumbles upon your website. I teach CCD to Kindergarten and First grade and always trying to find neat new ideas.

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  3. Hi Cindy! I loved the crosses and the bracelets! I'm sure your kinders were thrilled to create and wear bracelets in class.


  4. So lovely! Could you post a copy of the "colour legend" you used? Thanks for sharing!