I love when Lent activities for children help teach them the sorrows of Jesus and Mary. Lent is the most solemn, or maybe I should say somber, time of the Catholic liturgical year. There's no story that helps little ones feel sorry for Jesus and for their own sins than the story of Lent and Holy Week.
A children's Bible with the pictures of Our Lord fasting in the desert, His temptation by the Devil, Holy Thursday, and the Way of the Cross is my favorite way to "tell" the story. As we snuggle on the couch, I flip through the pages as we would our family photo album and tell the story with animation and emotion. See more below:
Remember that many of the same meditations for Lent are those of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
Lent means more when we not only teach the Lenten story of Our Lord's Passion and Death, but also include prayers and sacrifices.
You can print our coloring pages below straight from the screen without downloading them, or you can download them for later use in your own files. We also have them as all one booklet for little ones to use throughout Lent in our Lent Coloring Book.
It doesn't have all of the images for the Way of the Cross, but the pictures can be very useful for learning about the Passion and Death of Jesus. It can be printed large or, if you'd like, it can be printed as a smaller booklet using the booklet setting on your computer. See and download our Lent coloring book here.
Print these as 8.5x11 for a binder or sheet protectors or use your printer's booklet setting to make them into a booklet.
See "What is Lent?" for a longer explanation. This page is for Ash Wednesday and Lent activities for children, can help teach the story of Lent.You can "save picture as" with the small images to our links any time that you Lent clip art for the Sorrowful Mysteries, Ash Wednesday, and Lent.
Lent is forty days long, if you do not count Sundays. 'Can't fast on a feast day! :-)
You can make a Lent calendar with a chart that shows your family's devotions and sacrifices through the forty days. We treasure our Lent charts through the years.
I mark the chart at the bottom with a legend for each person's color and a list of the sacrifices:
As we go through the month and a half there are usually some very important feast days and I mark them with a little symbol:
Lent has its own special days. I frame Laetare Sunday in a rose color, put a symbol of the Sorrowful Heart of Mary on the Friday before Good Friday, a symbol of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday, and the three crosses on the hill for Good Friday. Easter Sunday gets the open tomb and a sunrise. Here are some pictures from one year:
When we made a Crown of Thorns for Jesus we learned a couple of lessons. This was a large project when I had little ones and the toothpick thorns could hurt like real thorns!
Once our children knew the story of Jesus' Passion and Death, they dearly loved to remove thorns from his Crown and rejoiced when they removed the last one.
Once the thorns are gone they can add paper flowers to soften His Crown and to prepare and decorate for Easter on Holy Saturday.
This particular year we had to use pliers to remove the thorns. Well, this was another lesson that gave an idea how hard it can be to remove sin from our lives.
Knead the dough and add flour if needed to make two or three strips of dough.
Are you taking turns? Well, the next child can twist these into a crown, two children can help if you divide the strips in half.
Let the smaller children put the tooth picks into the dough before baking. The more children you have the more toothpicks you can use.
Bake at 350 30 to 60 minutes.
In a way, this should have been first. I treasure the hours sitting on the couch with our little ones reading the Stations of the Cross. There were so many times when they were little, or we had a newborn and I could not get to the Stations at church, that we simply bought the booklets and read them at home.
They love singing the Stabat Mater. I am so glad of this. If they were too buggy or sleepy we would simply announce the picture, sing the verse from the Stabat, and say an Our Father or a Hail Mary. Print our Way of the Cross for praying and for coloring (each copy makes two booklets). Our children love to color these pictures and I think that that makes their book and their prayers more dear to them.
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Thank you for visiting our Lent activities page. Let's pray that we all have a holy Lent and a glorious Easter.
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