Passion Play for Kids & My 5 Favorite Lenten Activities

I have a treat for you today or at least I hope one person finds it helpful. I was thinking of doing a Passion Play with my kids, but when I did a quick Google search, I realized that someone hasn't taken a gospel and write it up in play form. I at least couldn't find one so I decided to do it myself. 

I used The Catholic Children's Bible by St. Mary's Press. It isn't the best translation (in my opinion), but it does use language that makes it easy for the younger kids to understand and remember. I took the gospel of Matthew and prepared it in three ways.  

First, I took Matthew gospel concerning the Passion and wrote it out exactly. There are 13 speaking parts and most is read by the narrator. It would be good if you had a group of readers that wanted to read the Passion, but not actually act it out. 

Second, I took the Matthew gospel concerning the Passion and wrote it in form play. There are 14 scenes (including Easter), a list of speaking parts, a list of non-speaking parts and a list of items (props) needed. It sounds like a lot, but it really isn't. Most of the props you will probably already have around your house. If you had a really large family, a couple of families or a homeschool group, this one would work great. You could cut down speaking parts to make it more manageable to memorize or let the kids read their parts from cards. You could even have kids act it out with their stuffed animals, peg people or Lego men. You could do a big production or something simple.

A Passion Play for Kids (Long Form)
As you will probably figure it out, the words that are italicized are acting directions and not supposed to be read.

Third, I took the above Long Form Passion Play, deleted some scenes and cut down some of the speaking parts. This would be good when you only have really little kids.

A Passion Play for Kids (Short Form)
As you will probably figure it out, the words that are italicized are acting directions and not supposed to be read.

I plan on using the Short Form play for my kids and actually might have to cut it down a little more since all my kids are under 7. We will see how it goes. I plan on setting up a little stage for them out on the deck. I will also let them make some scenery with old cardboard boxes. For costumes, I plan of putting some of Hubby's shirts on the kids and tie a sash around their waist. 

As I come up with ideas, I will try to post them here in case you are going to do your own Passion Play and need ideas. If you use any of the plays, I am going to create a link up next week for you to share it so please come back and share it with us.  

Please feel free to use and share the plays as much as possible. All I ask is if you somehow become a millionaire because of this play, you remember me and buy me a fancy coffee. :)

*If you notice any spelling errors or can't access the files, please let me know!

My Five Favorite Lenten Activities that You Can Do Next Year

I forgot to post these pictures at the beginning of Lent, but I thought I would go ahead and do it now in case you needed ideas for next year. 

This is our centerpiece for the kitchen table. A wooden cross stuck in some clay, with nails and candles for each Sunday. The kids take turns blowing out the candles. 

This idea was from Kendra @ Catholic All Year. It was posted near the kitchen table so I could go over it with them every time we sat down to eat. 

This is Our Journey through Lent board. Each day had some sort of activities to do. Some was to say a prayers for someone in particular, to do a certain sacrifice, pray the Stations, and on feast days I wrote something that would be fun like to do a craft or get to go to the park. The kids also took turns to color in the box so they knew how many days we have until Easter. The kids really like it so I think this is going to be a yearly thing. 

We keep all the Lent and Easter books out in a special place and try to read one every night. 

I also got this idea from Kendra @ Catholic All Year. BEST IDEA EVER! For every good deed, every quick response to a chore, every act of kindness, every sacrifice, every time you say your prayers without hitting your sibling with the rosary, get to put a bean in the jar. On Easter Sunday, all those beans turn into Jelly Beans and there is great rejoicing in our house. 

*Bonus - Something for the Easter Season

I was thinking of doing some sort of Journey through Easter board since Easter is 50 days and so we will be celebrating for 50 days, but when I was on Amazon the other night I noticed this sticker calendar "The Garden of the Good Shepherd" by Tomie de Paola and ordered it on the spot.

It is a large laminated garden with reusable stickers. 

Then it comes with a booklet. Each day has a a bible verse to read along with an explanation for the sticker you are going to put on the board that day. 

Awesome, awesome!

Have a great rest of the week and remember if you plan to do the Passion Play come back next week to link-up so we can see everyone's play. 

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