Dough Crown of Thorns
Today we are going to talk about another great way to help your children in their Lenten sacrifices. First you will need to make the dough crown of thorns, which is not difficult, and is a great visual reminder to the children of Christ's suffering. It also helps children if you explain that our sins bring pain to Jesus, but that we can comfort Jesus by our sacrifices and good works.
With each sacrifice he makes, that child pulls a toothpick out of the crown. The idea is to remove all the "thorns" from the crown by Easter. I always put in a lot more toothpicks than I think are necessary, yet it is probably not enough, because kids can really make an effort to do nice things as they see the tangible impact on the crown. If need be, we can always make another crown or we just continue with the bean jar when we are done with the crown of thorns. It is also nice to decorate the crown after the thorns are all out for the Easter table. It is a nice reminder of what can be done out of love.
You will need:
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
Mix flour and salt. Mix enough water to make a stiff clay. (A little warmth helps dissolve the salt.) Knead until smooth to remove any air bubbles. Roll three long ropes and loosely braid them.Form braid into a circle and stick toothpicks loosely throughout the entire crown (If they are embedded too deeply they cannot be pulled out intact.) Bake at 350° F for an hour or until it is dry and light brown.