Celebrating Lent with kids is a passion with 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.
This is another updated list that I am reposting as so many are looking for resources and often miss the Godspace resource page where you can find all of our resources for Lent, Holy Week and Easter, including a number of free downloadable.
Celebrating Lent With Kids
Praying in Color has several Lenten calendar templates available for free download this year — fun to do for both adults and kids.
Holy Week Ideas for Families, Kids and Small Groups from Lilly Lewin
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.
This free download from More Like Grace is a family prayer chain activity called “Heart for the Suffering”.
Explore and Express has some beautiful ideas including a nature garden.
Check out these Easter Traditions from Around the World for some new ideas to incorporate into your Easter traditions.
Children’s Ministry has a variety of suggestions for Holy Week.
Engraving a Tin Foil Cross – A Great activity for kids and adults.
Stations of the Cross for kids – great suggestions for symbols as well as a printable stations.
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
Feels Like Home offers a Lamb of God craft suitable for preschoolers or older kids.
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:
The Lent Song:
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