Lenten Geoboard Cross
The season of Lent is almost upon us, so we wanted to take some time to prepare you with activities and resources so that you can be prepared when Lent begins (March 5th, this year).
Today’s activity is a decoration and activity in one. When I knew that we wanted to highlight a Lent activity today, I went scouring the internet for some inspiration. And I got some, here. I just loved the simple beauty that the cross had. And I thought that was appropriate for Lent because through such a simple act (albeit hard), a beautiful relationship was made available to us.
I made a few changes to this cross. I made the nailheads a little larger, and I used hair rubberbands instead of string. So in this way, it reminded me of the geoboard from long ago math class. Sebastian, my three-year old, was able to do this mostly on his own, although I did do the heart for him, as that required a little more knowledge of what we were doing. The only instruction he really needed was to know that he could stretch the rubberbands across the cross and not just along the edges.
We really had fun making this, and I have plans for me to make one all my own. The act of putting the bands on was really quite soothing.
So you want to make a Lenten Geoboard Cross of your own?
a piece of wood (I got a piece of poplar at Lowe’s and cut it into thirds)
nails (I used black cut tacks)
tiny hair rubberbands (I got mine from the dollar store, one pack is more than enough)
black spray paint
If your wood is not to the size you’d like, cut it down to size and sand the edges. Then draw, in pencil, a cross on the wood. You can use a template you find online or freehand it. I cut out strips of paper and then traced them in the shape of a cross on my board. Draw a heart in the middle if you desire.
Then, you need to hammer the nails (or tacks) into the board. The nails don’t have to go far. My strategy was to do the intersections first and then try to evenly space out the nails in between the corners.
The next step is to spray paint it all black, making sure to get it from all different angles to get around the nails, especially if you don’t use black nails or tacks.
Let it dry. (I didn’t do this part very well. Hey, I was trying to get pictures for you!)
Then grab some rubberbands and go to town. Feel free to go over the middle at first and then finish with the heart in a contrasting color.
Before we started this, I had Sebastian help me sort the colors, and then I let him choose (with some direction) three colors to use on the cross. I think this helped it look more put together and a little less mismashy. But that’s my preference. Really, no matter how you go, I think you’ll be proud to put this on your wall.
Can you get a better reminder of the price Jesus paid by making some cross art composed of nails? I think not.
Do you observe Lent? If so what do you do to prepare your heart before the season begins?
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