Resources for Celebrating Lent for Kids – Updated for 2016

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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.


Celebrating Lent With Kids

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  

Five Ways to Foster Creativity in Kids During Lent.

Intentionally Celebrating Lent and Easter as a Family

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

Engraving a Tin Foil Cross – A Great activity for kids and adults.

Making a Tiffany Style Cross

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.

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.

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.

MSA Resources for Lent and Easter

Many of the suggestions in the post Resources for Lent could also be used with children. Our latest resource, 40+ Activities for Lent and Easter, also has many kid friendly activities. It can be downloaded for free from the MSA website. This guide is designed to be used in conjunction with our other 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 on the Mustard Seed Associates Facebook page. 

Daily Scripture Readings for Lent 

Celebrating Lent with Kids:

Resources for Lent:

Music Resources for Lent;

Ash Wednesday Prayers

Lenten Prayers – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mother Teresa and More

New for 2016 – Hungering for Life: Creative Exercises for Lent

A free download for the 40+ days of Lent 

MSA Lenten Devotional and Lenten Prayer Cards

Resources for Holy Week

Resources for Celebrating Holy Week With Kids:

Resources for Palm Sunday

Resources for Maundy Thursday:

Resources for Good Friday:

Stations of the Cross:

Resources for Easter Sunday 

A series on Lent and creativity:

Our new free download: What Do You Hunger For: Creative Exercises for Lent 

Get Creative and Play Games for Lent;

Five Ways to Foster Creativity in Kids During Lent

Seven Tips for Creating Sacred Space For Lent

Let’s Get Creative with Lent

Let’s Get Creative – Doodle Your Way Through the Lenten Calendar

MSA resources:

As well as the resource lists above, MSA has a rich array of resources available for Lent – some new, some old, some free, some for sale.

NEW for 2016 Hungering for Life: Creative Exercises for Lent

NEW: 40+ Ideas for Lent – a free downloadable activity sheet for Lent

NEW: A Journey Into Wholeness: Soul Travel from Lent to Easter. This is available from our website in both paper and ebook (pdf & epub) versions and also from Amazon in paper and kindle

NEW: Lenten Prayer Cards. These are designed to help you focus your commitment as you journey through the season of Lent.

Lord Lead Us To Repentance – A Lenten meditation video produced in 2012

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?  This meditation is designed for Good Friday and does not have music.

An Invitation to Journey –  A short Lenten meditation video 2008

Is This the Fast?  – A Lenten meditation produced in 2008