"The whole trouble is that -- literally -- we do not know what is good for us; and what makes the trouble still worse is that we think we do. We have our own plans for our happiness, and too often we merely regard God as somebody who will help us to accomplish them. The true state of affairs is just the opposite. God has His plans for our happiness, and He is waiting for us to help Him to accomplish them. And let us be quite clear about it: We cannot improve on God's plans." This Tremendous Lover, M. Eugene Boylan, O.C.R.

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Great Fast Lap Book

Next week begins the Great Fast this year, and I have several fun activities in mind for Sunday School. These crafts could easily be completed at home as well. To get the season started off on the right foot, I borrowed some ideas from my favorite crafty-Catholic blog, Catholic Icing, and adapted it to the Eastern way! Here are the links to make your own Lenten Lap Book:

(If you've never made a lap book before, check out this quick video to get you started!)

For the cover, I used an old bulletin, trimmed it, then glued it onto a black piece of card stock. This was then glued on one half of the file folder. If you don't have the old bulletins available, you can easily find a crucifix printable online.

On the left flap, I included a layered book of the three key messages of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. On the bottom half, the children will choose three specific things that they can do during Lent. (I provided them with a list of ideas to choose from as well.)

HERE and HERE are the links to the documents for you to make these pieces.

For the center page, I used the adapted calendar mentioned in the link above.

HERE is the link to my Eastern count-down calendar.

For the right side flap, I used a collection of Lenten traditions. A picture of the item is included on the flap, then when you open it, there is a description of the item.

You can find this printable HERE.

I hope you enjoy making this lap book!


  1. Thank you, Jocelyn, for these Lent printables! I am Roman Catholic but my daughter was adopted from Russia, so I try to teach her about some of the traditions of the Eastern churches. We will be including your printables in our lapbook.

    I'm posting some projects and ideas about Lent on my blog too. Please visit if you have a chance.

    Cheryl Basile

  2. Thanks, Cheryl! I'm just starting out blogging and Catholic Icing linking to me has generated more traffic than I could imagine! I'm so glad that my post was helpful to you. I look forward to following your blog in my reader!

  3. Hi! Just saw this link on Catholic Icing and was thrilled! I am a Byzantine Catholic mom and this is exactly what I was looking for in a Great Fast activity! I wish I would have found it sooner so I could have used it with my ECF class.
    Thank you for the great ideas!

  4. Any suggestions how to have kids easily cut the cover picture in half around the "tab" on the file folder?

    1. We didn't cut the cover picture, just only glued it to one flap. :-)

  5. Having trouble opening the printables. Do you have them somewhere else?

    1. Email me at jabyad@gmail.com and I will send them to you.

  6. Having troubles opening the printable version. Any where else I would be able to get these?

  7. Hi Jocelyn,

    I tried opening up your document too and wouldn't open. I will email you directly. Thank you and God Bless!

  8. I cannot open the printable Lenten calendar


  9. Great idea! One question...how do the kids use it during Lent, exactly?

  10. Hi, can you email me a copy of the Lenten traditions printable? The page is not formatting or printing correctly. Shondros@gmail.com Thank you!