Wednesday, February 13, 2013

{phfr} Lent in Our Home

Lent has officially begun! In addition to our resolves as individuals and a family, I've also made some changes to Sister Stinky's environment, as a way to increase her awareness of the change in the season. My focus with her this year is on the color purple (she is very enthusiastic about seeing priests in purple now!) and on the cross. To help her think about God more in general, I've transformed the Tot school area into a corner for prayer and playing with some quality faith based toys, in place of her usual toys.

To see our Lenten set-up from last year, take a peek over here.

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A lovely little Lenten corner...




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So many of the things in this corner make me happy! Like...


A handmade wooden priest and his simple felt vestments...


Felt liturgical year pieces (that can be looked at on their own or used on the flannel board)...


A little corner devoted to Jesus and the cross...


A wooden liturgical year calendar and priest peg dolls made from this the tutorial on Catholic Icing...


Our purple color card (I put away the rest of the color cards for Lent)...


And this gorgeous We go to Church playset!

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This simple and lovely purple sensory bin (just purple rice and simple wooden implements) taught me a valuable lesson...food coloring stains skin. For days. And days.

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We used this lovely topographical map of the Holy Land last year...but it's definitely in need of some repairs after almost a whole year of being stored away!


I set up our family prayer table for Lent, too, but unfortunately it hasn't been getting much use. Because the severity of my nausea peaks in the evenings it's been easier to do our evening prayers together in Mommy and Daddy's room. Sister Stinky has appreciated her prayer time snuggles (and opportunity for wiggles), anyway! 

Linking up to Like Mother, Like Daughter. Hop on over there for more lovelies.


14 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, you have so much good stuff, I'm going to have to come back here for ideas...

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  2. So many wonderful ideas here - I especially loved the purple rice activity. I have a 5 year old who would love that! Thank you for sharing, I really enjoyed your {phfr}

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    1. Something about littles and rice...they can't seem to get enough of it, can they?! I'm glad you enjoyed the ideas. Stop back again sometime!

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    2. Oh, and I just subscribed to your blog...I'm looking forward to following it!

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  3. Wow! I love your set up; how wonderful. My youngest is now 6 but she (and my 2 year old niece would love some of these ideas. I saw the peg dolls on Lacy's site. Was thinking of doing it as a gift. Now, I'm inspired to get it done.

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    1. The peg dolls have been a huge hit with every kid we know who's old enough to play with them! Isn't Lacy's blog great? I get such great ideas from her blog!

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  4. Oh my gosh, I LOVE the church playset! I would totally buy one for myself, haha. The Mass kit on the website is great too! And I love the Divine Mercy Jesus doll, of course:) Though if I was Sister Stinky, the crucifix picture would scare me and make me cry. But I hope it doesn't make her cry:)

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  5. Love this! Thanks for linking up. Where did you get all your nifty stuff?

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    1. Great question! My husband and I both know how to do some woodworking and I sew/knit/crochet AND we are on a super tight budget (I stay home full time and my husband is a full time doctoral student) so it's just been more practical for us to make or buy secondhand most of the toys in our home. The wooden priest doll was cut with a jigsaw, painted, and felt vestments were cut out for him (I also made one for my goddaughter and one of the sons of our friends). The priest peg dolls were made, the felt liturgical year pieces were made with felt, the Holy Land map was just made with salt dough, etc. There is one beautiful exception to this...that cloth church! I didn't have the patience for that so we used some of Sister Stinky's birthday money and bought one from Catholic Supply. We live not too far from their headquarters (lucky, I know!!) but they also sell it online in their children's section. It's worth every penny!!!

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  6. Wow! Just wondering what's included in the felt liturgical year pieces. Hope you can show the individual pieces in the future. Thanks!

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    1. I'll have to keep that in mind for a future post idea. :-)

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  7. Wow! The felt liturgical year pieces look great. Hope you can show the individual pieces next time. Thanks! :)

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