“I <3 HolyHeros.com” is the bumper sticker that came with our Lenten Bundle from Holy Hero’s, and I could not have said it any simpler! As a mother of young children, I am always on the lookout for fun teaching activities that won’t make me crazy during the planning process. Whether you purchase the kit or just get the free daily emailed activities, Holy Heroes is a great resource that all of my friends with little ones have raved about over and over. So when I had the chance to look over some materials and review it, I was excited for the opportunity!
This kit is a little above the ages of my own children (1 and 3), but it is easily adaptable to bring down on their level. Even so, an older child will receive a meaningful and fun experience. There are three activity booklets that teach not only about Lent, Jesus’ journey to the cross, and the resurrection, and along the way your child will learn lessons about character and spiritual formation. The coloring pages are well illustrated with friendly drawings for the kids and the activities promote learning and problem solving, meaning all ages will be able to enjoy the books. In addition there are Saints featured to learn about and special stories.
When you sign up, which is free, there is also a Lenten map that counts down toward Easter Sunday for kids to fill in with a key code that is emailed daily (along with free additional activities, print outs, videos and audio selections!). Sign up for that here. The countdown to Easter ends with a special message you decode when you have all the letters and fill in. The Lenten Adventure emails don’t end on Easter Sunday, but rather continue as you celebrate the octave of Easter, so a total of 54 days of free, Christ centered activities!
Perhaps my favorite part of the whole kit is the Stations of the Cross. The CD is well crafted with kids reading the Stations of the Cross in two different versions: just the stations, or/also a song that is sung in between each one. There is a booklet put together that goes over the Stations of the Cross that they can follow along with, or we can play the CD while we are walking through the Stations at our parish. For kids old, there is a quiz on the Stations of the Cross that they can complete and are rewarded with a gold or silver certificate they can display.
While searching the Holy Heroes website (LINK), I also came across this beautiful Paschal Candle Kit (right). While not part of the Lenten Adventure might be a good addition for older kids as the new Paschal Candles are lit on Easter Sunday around the world.
The reviews I had heard from other parents did not fall short, I am absolutely in love the Lenten Adventure products by Holy Heroes. I am anxious to introduce my kids to them at different levels as they mature for years to come.