This is the first time that I have put together a list of resources for celebrating Lent and Easter with kids so I realize that the list is probably not as comprehensive as it should be. I have tried to provide a number of activities and devotional suggestions from a variety of theological perspectives. Many of the suggestions in the previous post Resources for Lent 2014 could also be used with children. Our latest resource, 40+ Activities for Lent and Easter, also has many kid friendly activities including some of the suggestions below. It can be downloaded for free from the MSA website. This guide is designed to be used in conjunction with our other new resources A Journey Into Wholeness: Soul Travel From Lent to Easter – now available in paper and e-book form and our Lenten Prayer cards but is also a good stand alone resource. Daily Lenten reflections will also be posted on the Godspace blog and also on the Facebook page, Coming Home to the Story of God
From Ann Voskamp – Why Doing Lent This Year Is What You Need – includes a free downloadable devotional.
Holy Week Ideas for Families, Kids and Small Groups from Lilly Lewin
From Living Montessori Now – An extensive and very helpful list of resources
St Brigid’s Academy 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
Stations of the Cross for kids - great suggestions for symbols as well as a printable stations.
Making Music Praying Twice has some good activities for Lent including making Hot Cross buns
I like this design for making a Stained Glass Cross
Or try a sand craft for Lent
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
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.