[quote=cyprian]Why not explain it to them first (why we do it) and then do them the way everyone else does them. To do so otherwise (making them child friendly) will be of no benefit, and will take away from the real deal when it comes time to transition to the real deal. Let them take away from it what they will. They won’t take away any more if you make them anything less. The one thing they will remember above all?“We adore you O Christ and we praise you, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world”. It’s what I remember from first grade Stations 35 years ago.
The version that we use basically takes the regular reflections and puts them into simpler language, but keeps the major focus of each. We also sing a verse to the tune of At the Cross Her Station Keeping, but with words to fit each station. And we use the “We adore you, O Christ…” etc.