Lenten Activities for Children

If you’re looking for ways to observe Lent with your kids this year, you’ve come to the right place! Browse all my Lenten resources for families by subject below. Click on the link for full directions or printables. Be sure to save this link- I update this post every time I come out with new Lenten resources for kids.

lent for kids

Click here to download my printable Lenten calendar- FREE!


Print my Lenten Countdown Calendar!

Lenten Planning Pages– This is a BRAND NEW PACK for 2019! This includes my new Lenten Calendar for mom and Holy Week Planning Page!


What to give up for Lent– the ultimate list of ideas from 100 Catholic moms!

Unplug for Lent– 50 ideas for limiting screens and technology

Lenten Resolution Tracking Printable– create a visual of your Lenten progress!

Post about observing Lent BEFORE celebrating Easter

How to handle birthdays and celebrations during Lent

40 Days, 40 Ways– 40 simple ways to observe Lent with your family that don’t involve prep work


40 Days 40 Bags- get rid of 1 bag of stuff from your home each day of Lent

Pray, Fast, Give- a Lenten craft for kids

lenten craft for kids- pray fast give alms

Mardi Gras Ideas

Mardi Gras PancakesEASY Mardi Gras Cake- make from canned cinnamon rolls

Mardi Gras Pretzels

Make your own colored sugar for Mardi Gras

More Mardi Gras Ideas


Ash Wednesday

Preparing for Lent With Children– are you ready?

Bury the Alleluiabury the alleluia 2

Pretzels for Lent

Sacrifice ideas for kids

The Lent Song for Kids

Counting Down the Days of Lent

Print this Lenten Countdown calendar– this is by far the most popular Catholic Icing post of all time!

Lenten Calendar stick-ons– just print these, and use a glue stick to put them on your regular calendar. Free to print!

catholic calendar printable stick ons

Have a Lenten cross- this is the Lenten version of an Advent wreath

Make a crown of thorns– kids get to pull the toothpicks for making sacrifices and doing good deeds.

crown of thorns for lent good deeds

Free printable for crown of thorns sacrifice

Sacrifice beans– how to use them during Lent and Easter, plus a free printable.


sacrifice bean display for lent

Easy Crown of thorns craft– a smaller, simple version. Cheap and easy- great for doing in a group!

Printable sacrifice and good deed tracker– free to print! Easy to use!

Giving Alms– a coin to donate every day.


Stations Of The Cross

Stations of the Cross Montessori Activity

Stations of the Cross Eggs– this is one of my favorites!!!


resurrection eggs diy

Stations of the Cross CD– I love love love this CD! 🙂

Printable Stations of the Cross for Kids

Stations of the Cross Games

DIY Candle Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross Grottos

Printable Passion Set Dolls– Tell the story of the passion using these peg dolls. The set comes with all the characters you need to go through the Stations of the Cross.


printable peg dolls the passion set- just paint the head and decoupage the rest


Palm Sunday

10 Things To Do With Palms From Palm Sundaydecorating for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Handprint Donkey and Palm Craft

How To Fold a Palm Cross In 10 Easy Steps

How To Make a Spiral Palm

Palm Sunday crafts and ideas

donkey palm sunday handprint footprint craft


Holy Week

Holy Week In Handprints–  a printable book with the story of Holy Week. Your child illustrates the book his or herself with handprints! Full directions for all handprint crafts included in download.


holy week in handprints book for kids

Holy Week Crafts

Holy Week Food Ideas

Build Jerusalem Out Of Blocks– help your kids understand where things happened during Holy Week

catechesis of the good shepherd style jerusalem

Holy Week Notebooking Pages– These are free to print. They are made to go with the Tell Me About The Catholic Faith Series, but can be used with any Holy Week resource for kids.

Catholic Resurrection Eggs, or “Holy Week” eggs.

Holy Thursday

Make easy unleavened bread

Last Supper Craft– it’s printable and FREE!

bake unleavend bread wtih kids

Also, check out my First Holy Communion page for more Eucharist ideas.

Good Friday

The Passion story told with a symbolic lunch– Scripture verses included!

easter story lunch for Good Friday

Also, see the Stations Of The Cross ideas towards the top of this post.

More Lenten Ideas

Make an offering boxsimple meatless meal ideas for kids

Veil of Veronica Craft

Make Sacrifice Beads

Meatless Meal Ideas for Kids

Almsgiving Box (with download!)

Last but not least, check out my Lenten Pinterest board for even more Lent awesomeness .

Also, you can make this Liturgical season wheel so your kids can always keep up with what Liturgical season it is!

printable liturgical season wheel that spins

 When Lent is over, don’t miss my 

Easter Resources For Kids!

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  1. When I click on the “see all Ash Wednesday Posts Here” link, it just brings me back to this same page.

  2. Lacy, will you be doing a roundtable collection of everyone’s ideas for Lent this year? I love some of the past posts you’ve done like that…so many great ideas out there to share. For our family – we’re doing a countdown this year made of paper rings with a family activity on each of the 40 rings to help us prepare for Easter. I’m including the link here, but if this isn’t the right forum to share, please feel free to remove 🙂 Loving all your posts!


  3. Great ideas. I am making weekly take home booklets from Lenten Adventure for my 3rd grade. I added a word bank for the crosswords.

  4. Hi Lacy, I wanted you to know I downloaded your ever so popular Lenten Calendar and gave it to my first grade class this morning. They were excited about checking off the days until Easter. Thank you for your generosity! I blogged about my class tonight and linked back to you for your calendar. God bless!

  5. THANK YOU, thank you, thank you for your beautiful printables! I cannot wait to use your Lenten Calendar with my children. Thank you for the sacrific ideas for kids. It’s wonderful for the children to be involved in Lenten activities too. I also printed your pretzel note. I’m going to give my kids peanut butter and soft pretzels in their school lunch every Friday. Love your blog!

  6. Thanks so much for the inspiration! My family and I started a Lenten tree today. We put 40 eggs on some branches. Inside the eggs are 40 noble verses with a little treat. One of the boys will open one egg each night, and enjoy the treat, until we get to Easter!

  7. Karin Kramer says

    Hi Lacy, I want to tell you how very much I appreciate your site and the links you share. We have a ‘lenten fair’ every yearthat uses crafts and activities to teach and bring awareness of lent to our religious ed kiddos. Your site is absolutly invaluable to us for that. Because of time restraints we do need to modify some of them but without your ideas we would not know where to start so thank you so much. I don’t know how to send you a picture of what we did but I did put them on a pinterest board if you wanted to see them. Thanks again.

  8. Have been using your curriculum for 2 Sundays at home for my 2 and 4 year old daughters. Thank you so much! We are having fun and it is so easy to use. We have had a hard winter with illnesses and have not been able to make it to church like usual, so I feel better getting in at least a little “church school” every week. My 4 yr. old yelled out this morning, ” I LOVE church school!” Made my heart feel good. Thanks lacy for making it so easy to help me get started teaching my children about our faith.

  9. Teresa Donnay says

    This is such a wonderful site! This incredible time put into each section of it is a blessing because it is all about our Catholic Faith and how to learn it. Thanks you so much for all of this and for all the FREE Printables!

  10. Emily @ Zweber Farms says

    Hello Lacy,
    I just wanted to let you know that this is the third year I will be using your collection of Lent activities in our house. It is one of my most used Pins. Keep up the great work. I love your blog and have been a loyal subscriber for a long time.

  11. We’re doing sacrifice beans again this year – a kidney bean for each sacrifice that the kids place in a mason jar which turn into jelly beans on Easter Sunday…a lesson in sacrifice made fun! Happy Lent !

  12. Thank you for the great ideas I love the holy week eggs and the pretzels. I am not one to usually post comments but I had an idea to share with anyone who has middle-school kids and needs something “older” for them to do. It occurred to me that in ages gone by flowers, herbs, plants, and even animals had symbolism attached to them. MANY herbs are associated with purification, protection even exorcism such as parsley, thyme, dill, marjoram, and basil. Just to name a few. Same with flowers, etc. I figure this can be used in any number of ways; cooking – prepare a dish for any weekday dinner that features a particular herb and use it as a spring board for dinner conversation, Make a garland or wreath, with said herbs and/or flowers, grow some of the seeds and then later transplant into the garden so that the kids can see that their efforts during Lent continue to nourish the soul and body long after the season is over. I’m sure there are ways to use the animal theme as well, particularly if you can associate it with a Bible story, say Jonah and the whale. Have the older kids put on a show with said figures for the little ones. I’m not sure if this is really the place to post ideas so forgive me if I offend and do with it as you will. May God and His angels be ever at your sides as you shed the old man and grow in grace this Lent!

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  16. Hi, I have followed your blog for years and am so thankful for your creative ideas.
    I was wondering how the transition to public school has been for your family? I am often concerned on sending our children to public school and trying to keep the focus on faith & values in mainstream world. Would love a post having anything to do with this as it is always on my mind (and I’m probably not the only one!)
    You are a blessing in my life…what talent God has given you. Thank you for your ministry. I love to use your ideas with my children and CCD.

  17. I couldn’t comment on the Passion lunch site itself, so I’ll put it here. We make up a California blend of vegetables and use it as follows: broccoli for the agony in the garden (we don’t like olives), cauliflower (clouds of heaven), and wrap the carrots in aluminum foil to use for Judas’ silver. We also thinly slice apples and use peanut butter to anchor them as a cross. This gets a few more food groups involved and maintains the symbolism. Thanks- we have really enjoyed doing this meal, and the kids get into it, including reading from their bibles.

  18. Kerrie Rendina says

    Hi Lacy,

    Just wondering if you or anybody has any ideas for Ascension Sunday?
    I am teaching at Little Church this weekend and am on the hunt for ideas.

    Thank you

  19. I was looking for activities to do with my children this Lenten season to help teach them more about it and Easter. I LOVE your site and all of the different ideas and activities. Thanks so much!

  20. Donna Saddler says

    Where can I purchase a Jesus carrying the cross used in your Lenten candles in the sand display? Would like to get some like it for at church.
    You can email me at dds1110@acegroup.cc
    Love all your ideas.

  21. Laura Cameron says

    Could you please email me? I have a question about your Holy week in handprints. Thank you, ~Laura

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