It's the first day of Lent today, Ash Wednesday. So to prepare, we made some Sacrifice Beads (also called Good Deed Beads) to help act as reminders to help others. Because this was sort of spur of the moment, we used what beads we had on hand - in a few cases, a fish or a heart stood in for the cross. Either way, when you do a good deed as an offering, you move a bead towards one end as an act of love.
Directions to make your own: http://thelittleways.com/how-to-make-sacrifice-beads. I promise it's not hard at all, and children can make them with just a little help and supervision.