Here are the two projects we're doing with Curly to celebrate Lent this year (celebrate? Is that the right verb? Maybe, "observe"?)
A Lenten Countdown: I spent a week trying to think of inspired ideas for this poster countdown. Last year, I had little purple butterflies covering all the cupboards and one was removed every day during Lent. It was cute, but they kept falling off and we'd forget so I had to keep counting down to figure out how many should be left on the wall. This year, I thought and thought and thought, and went with a very basic poster colored with markers. It was actually very peaceful to sit and color for a bit. Curly woke up from her nap when I was halfway through the leaves so she colored a few at the bottom. (She is getting MUCH better at coloring IN the lines).
Each leaf has a plastic caterpillar that will be removed each day and put in a cocoon. On Easter, all the caterpillars will become beautiful butterflies that will fly above the table. A few years ago, I found these adorable sun-catcher butterflies at Hobby Lobby that clip apart so the wings separate from the caterpillar. It took hours to paint all the sun-catchers, but Scott did that anyway, so I totally love them. (My sister Becca painted a few, too. Thanks Bec!)