Celebrating Lent with kids is a passion for so many people and this list keeps expanding. I have tried to provide a number of activities and devotional suggestions from a variety of theological perspectives. If you know of “must have” additions, please let me know. You might also like to check out my Pinterest Board: Lent and Easter for Kids. I update this regularly throughout the year as I come across new resources that look interesting.
Celebrating Lent With Kids
At Home Ideas by Lilly Lewin
- Holy Week Ideas for Families, Kids and Small Groups
- Prepping for Holy Week at Home
- Holy Week at Home: Praying with a Centerpiece
Activities and Resources
- Five Ways to Foster Creativity in Kids During Lent
- Lent Resources for Children Lenten Season from Michigan Conference – United Methodist
- Lent At Home kits by Illustrated Ministry
- Intentionally Celebrating Lent and Easter as a Family
- Praying in Color by Sybil Macbeth has amazing templates for Lent to color in and work great for kids!
- From Living Montessori Now – An extensive and very helpful list of resources
- Homegrown Catholic has a huge list of interesting activities for Lent and Easter.
- Catholic Icing has a range of activities for kids.
- Explore and Express has some beautiful ideas including a nature garden.
- Children’s Ministry has a variety of suggestions for Holy Week.
- Engraving a Tin Foil Cross – A Great activity for kids and adults.
- Making a Tiffany Style Cross.
- Create a Resurrection Garden.
- Stations of the Cross for kids – great suggestions for symbols as well as a printable stations.
- Share the Easter story through making Resurrection Rolls.
- Free printable available from Real Life at Home: 10 Lent and Holy Week Activities for Kids
- April Fiet has put together a great children’s sermon Making a Paper cross to teach Good Friday to children.
- I like this design for making a Stained Glass Cross that would make a great children’s activity.
- Or try a sand craft for Lent.
- A resource I used a couple of years ago: Wild Lent: Discovering God Through Creation.
Making Easter Eggs
I am not usually a fan of Easter egg hunts, which I often think move the emphasis of Easter from Christ to chocolates and sweets. However, I do think that the making of eggs can be a wonderful way to explain the Easter story to kids. Here are some possibilities:
- Learn Pysanky: the ancient Eastern European art of egg decorating.
- Make Resurrection eggs.
- Make your own chocolate eggs with fair trade chocolate.
- For more ideas check out my Pinterest Lent and Easter for Kids.
And some great videos to look at:
Dig Deep For Lent: In some ways, this is an advert for CAFOD but I love the idea of encouraging kids to think about other kids who lack resources and what they could do to help.
This cartoon version is interesting and would probably hold kids attention.
Please check out our complete list of Godspace resources for Lent through Holy Week
I love that picture of the cross. Where did it come from?
Matt it comes from an Episcopal church on Camano Island just north of Seattle. It was done at a retreat held by Jeff Johnson
Thank you – these will be very useful 🙂
My wife works with upper elementary age kids at church. I will be sharing these ideas with her.
Thanks Charlie – it is always good to know that people are able to use the resources I post
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