Resources for Celebrating Lent for Kids – Updated for 2017

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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. 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

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.

Please check out our complete list of Godspace resources for Lent through Holy Week