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There are several resources available online for families to engage in faith formation activities at home together.

Lent Gardens – Synod of CNOB

Looking for a resource for Lent that is suitable for all ages and appropriate for people who are continuing to spend most of their time at home during this pandemic?

The Synod of CNOB has created six interactive virtual Lent Gardens that begin on Ash Wednesday.

People venture into each virtual garden (pictured right) by clicking on the various items they see on the garden slide (i.e., the library boxes, guitar, picnic basket or book on the park bench). Each item takes them to different resources: devotionals, videos, recipes, scripture readings, stories, music, gardening activities, and more.

The Lent gardens are free to use. Once you sign up, you can post the links to the garden on your congregation’s website or social media. The best way to see what they are all about is to try them.

Visit the CNOB website for more details

Walk This Way: A Lenten Resource for Families – Laura Alary

Created by Laura Alary, the author of Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter, this resource is great for families looking to experience Lent as a time for spaciousness, freedom, choice, and participation in the transformative work of the Spirit.

For each week of Lent, Alary recommends a picture book and provides a brief written reflection and questions for wondering. As you read the recommended books, look at the artwork together, and share questions and ideas, you will find that reading with children is not only a pleasure but also a wonderful way to begin important faith conversations.

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Lent & Easter at Home Kits – Building Faith

With so much of life happening online this past year, many families are looking for activities they can do offline together. Providing Lent & Easter kits for families is one way that congregations can support Christian learning and faith formation at home during this time.

This resource provides suggested intergenerational activities, crafts, prayers and devotionals to include in a Lent/Easter kit.

Visit the Building Faith website for more details

Easter-In-A-Basket – Camp Kintail

With another year of unique challenges ahead of us, Easter-in-a-Basket offers a meaningful and fun Holy Week and Easter experience even while we’re unable to gather together at churches and with extended families.

Easter-in-a-Basket will hold eight mini-lessons, one for each day from Palm Sunday to Easter. These Holy Week activities will be low stress for busy folks, encourage family and community connection, and help you prepare for Easter. Over the course of the week, you will be creating your own Easter basket to help you celebrate Christ’s resurrection!

Visit the Camp Kintail website for more details

Lent at Home in Community – GenOn Ministries

Lent at Home in Community is an intergenerational resource of six sessions using the Psalms from the six Sundays in Lent from the Revised Common Lectionary. The sessions, written for all ages, can be done by individuals or with others within the same household. The resource is completely downloadable for a reasonable price, and whoever purchases it has permission to send it out (print or email) to all households in that church.

Visit the GenOn Ministries website for more details

The Poetry of Lent with Emily Dickinson or Mary Oliver – Salt Project

These devotional booklets, created by the Salt Project, are a delightful way to engage in both scriptural and literary reflection during Lent.

In these Lenten devotionals, biblical texts and simple, accessible practices weave together with Dickinson’s or Oliver’s poetic vision, creating a 40-day journey into the heart of the holiest week of the year. Great for people who already love poetry and for those who want an introduction to the genre.

While these poetry devotionals are created for adults, Salt also has great Lenten resources for the whole family.

Visit the Salt Project’s website to browse their Lent resources

Illustrated Ministry

Illustrated Ministry has put together a set of prayers and colouring pages for congregations, families, and individuals to mark the passing of time during COVID-19. They are available for free download.

Family Devotional: Pandemic Hope – Trinity Lutheran Church & Schools

This is a family devotional for life during COVID-19. It contains scripture readings & activities that are focused on deepening faith, connecting with each other and God, and practicing love in uncertain times.

Family Faith Formation Toolkit – Christian Reformed Church (CRC)

The CRC’s Faith Formation Toolkit contains theory, tools and helpful ideas about how to engage in faith formation at home.

Bible App for Kids

The Bible App for Kids is a free app for Android, Apple and Kindle devices, available in over 50 languages. The app introduces children to 41 of the “big” Bible stories and helps them understand the overall story that the Bible is telling. Throughout each story, fun, interactive animations keep children engaged and select stories even include games designed to help them learn, understand and retain important Bible story concepts.

5 Ways to Retell a Bible Story with Kids

A few great ideas about how to get children engaging with scripture by using their minds, hearts and hands.

Use LEGO to Tell Bible Stories

If the kids in your family like LEGO, why not do a Bible-based LEGO activity? There are also several free resources for teaching scripture using LEGO that you can access online through a simple Google search.

You can also find Christian LEGO activities is Emily Slichter Given’s book Building Faith Brick by Brick; there are two volumes of this book, which cost approximately $25 each.

More Online Resources and Activities for Kids and Parents

In addition to faith-based resources and activities for kids, we have also compiled a list of fun and educational online activities for children of all ages. From audiobooks to virtual zoo tours, these online activities are sure to entertain and educate kids (and even parents) during long stretches of being at home.

Audible Stories

Stories entertain, teach and keep young minds active, alert and engaged. Audible is offering an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help kids continue dreaming, learning and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online is a free literacy program where actors read to children.

Joy and Playthrough Books

Read-alongs, sing-alongs, illustrating demos and more—provided by the Growing Book by Book Community.

Free Online Activities for Kids at Home

Common Sense Media has compiled an excellent list of resources and activities, including audiobooks and virtual story times, music classes and performances, educational activities and lesson plans, virtual tours, fun and games, and more.

Indigenous Educators in Canada Teach Online

In light of the current situation regarding school closures, educators across Turtle Island have come together to provide online learning opportunities for our children K-8 through the Think Indigenous initiative.

150+ Educational Netflix Shows

The number of educational shows on Netflix is growing every day, which is ideal for kids who learn best visually. This is a list compiled by Homeschool Hideout of educational shows on Netflix—watch documentaries, learn about animals, earth and nature, space, history and more.

COVID-19 Camp: Free Resources to Educate and Entertain Your Kids

Ever Clever Mom offers a list of online resources that that are currently being offered for free by companies that have stepped up to offer everyone access to their programs. Also included are resources that are always free, and some ideas for when your family needs some time offline.

Virtual Tours

A list of 22 ways to leave home without actually leaving the couch—from virtual zoo exhibits to museum gallery tours.

Spend a Virtual Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Have you ever wanted to ride every ride and see every show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in one day without waiting in line? Well now is your chance!

Five Virtual Field Trips in Canada

Go on a field trip without leaving your house! Visit the Parliament buildings, Iqaluit, The Canadian Museum of History, The Royal Tyrell Musuem, or go on a farm tour.

Virtual Farm Tours

Visit a dairy farm without leaving home.

Free Arts and Crafts Resources for Home Learning

Recommended to us by the Nelson family, this article contains a variety of arts and crafts resources for at-home learning. Through virtual field trips to world famous art museums and online tools that will allow them to create masterpieces of their own, children can enjoy a diverse and well-rounded education in the world of art all from the comfort of home.

Online Art Classes for Kids

Check out The Kitchen Table Classroom for a collection of online art classes you can enjoy with your kids.

Fun Apps for Kids

The OMazing Kids Facebook page has a list of apps for kids that developers are offering for free. (Some for a limited time)

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