Countdown to Good Friday with Stations of the Cross
Good Friday is coming soon!
Follow along as we journey through the 14 Stations of the Cross.
Children learn through play best.
Playtime allows for reflection through the use of senses and imagination.
Check back to this post each day for each activity.
Read a reflection or Bible passage about the station each day.
Provide materials and let free play.
Be open to questions as they ponder and play about the station each day.
1st Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death
2nd Station: Jesus Carries His Cross
Materials: Sticks /twigs/ pop sickle sticks or even wooden blocks
Read about Jesus carrying His cross.
Wonder how heavy it might have been.
3rd Station: Jesus Falls for the First Time
Read the passage where Jesus falls.
Talk about your child’s recent fall or one that they remember.
What helped? what did not?
What would they have done if they saw Jesus fall?
Materials: Sand and stones
How is your child responding to the daily prompts?
4th Station: Jesus Meets His Mother
Jesus meets His mother
How would Jesus have felt seeing His mother?
How would Mary be feeling after seeing her son?
Station 5: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross
Read this passage from the Bible
Spread books of various sizes and weight.
Leave a box around.
Challenge them to see how many books they can drop in the box at a time.
Notice if they ask for help.
Notice when they ask for help.
6th Station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
Today’s activity can be done in 2 ways depending on what you have at home.
It will have to be shown to your child once before they can keep exploring.
Materials Required: White candle or crayon, paper, paints
Draw a simple face of Jesus on the paper with a white candle or crayon.
Let kids paint over it to reveal the face of Jesus.
Materials Required: Any color highlighter, paper of the same color, torchlight
Draw the face of Jesus with the highlighter, and use a torchlight to reveal His face
Station 7: Jesus Falls for the Second Time
Read the passage about Jesus’ second fall.
How heavy would be that cross that Jesus fell a second time?
What would He have been thinking?
How would He have been feeling?
Day 8: Jesus meets the Women of Jerusalem
Read the Bible passage.
Why were the women weeping?
What can you do if you see someone upset or crying?
What do you think about Jesus’ response?