After your classes have gathered together on the designated Sunday, begin with a short worship time; include singing and the story of Jesus' wilderness experience as it relates to Lent. Share the story of the pretzel and give everyone a pretzel to eat (you might consider making pretzels as an activity with your children).
The Story of the Pretzel
Long ago, Lent was a time of sadness, when early Christians felt they should suffer. For forty days they ate no rich foods: no meat, cheese, eggs, or even milk. They ate fruit and fish, and they baked a bread shaped into arms crossed in prayer. They called this bread bracellae, the Latin word for "little arms."
Christian customs spread to central and northern Europe. But the people there said bretzel instead of bracellae, and so the word later became pretzel. The Sunday before Ash Wednesday was known as Pretzel Sunday, to remind people to think about the meaning of Lent and to bake this bread for use during Lent. Pretzels were never served after Palm Sunday.
European immigrants brought pretzels to America, and now they are served all year.