Lent is a great liturgical season to observe with kids to help teach them about the church year. Lent is the 40 days the come before Easter, and it is a season of adding extra prayers, fasting, and almsgiving.
There are many ways to celebrate or observe Lent with children, and this is my page that links out to all of the resources I have available to help you with this! I hope you find these Lenten resources for children helpful in your celebrations this year. The first thing to understand is that Lent is its own season, it is very different in feel and observances than Easter.
So I fully recommend observing Lent first, and trying some of these Lenten activities rather that going straight for the Easter stuff during Lent. Here is an article I wrote on observing Lent first and then celebrating Easter. This has been the most popular Lenten resource here for a decade now, so if you would like to print one, you can download yours for free here.
There are a lot of awesome Catholic traditions for celebrating Mardi Gras too, so I would highly encourage you to check that out! Counting down the days of Lent or having an activity that lasts the length of the season is a great way to observe Lent with kids! I have a post with all of the Lenten activities that start on Ash Wednesday here. I highly recommend this post! It has tons of great stuff and free printables! Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.
Many activities start on this day and run through the season of Lent. I also have some special recipe and craft ideas for observing Ash Wednesday with kids. Find all of my Ash Wednesday resources for kids and families here. Setting up a table for the season of Lent is one of my favorite traditions, and a great way to keep the whole home and family focused on the season!
Ours looks different every year, but I always like to put something together. You can see how I set up our Lenten home altar here. You can find my post here with stations of the cross activities for kids. Lots of great resources there! Holy Week is the last week of Lent. The classic stories we all know about for the season of Lent and the stations of the cross… they all happened during Holy Week.
I designed a special book to teach kids about the events of each day of Holy Week! The book is printable, and then kids illustrate it themselves with handprints. This helps teach them the story of Holy Week, and also becomes a keepsake for years to come! The book is called Holy Week In Handprints and you can download yours here!
I have a completely separate post rounding up all of my Holy Week resources for kids hereand you should totally click over. The liturgical color of Palm Sunday is red, and this day marks the beginning of Holy Week! Check out all of my Palm Sunday activities for kids here. This feast day lends itself to feet washing, bread baking, and is also the anniversary of the Eucharist and the first Mass!
Check out my resource page for celebrating Holy Thursday with your family here. Out of any day of the year, this is a very somber and very important feast day to observe with your kids. I have a list of 10 Good Friday traditions for Catholic families here. In our Catholic home, we use Holy Saturday to prepare for Easter celebrations.
I am planning to write a post about what Holy Saturday looks like in our home. Coming soon! Preparing for Easter?Those are great ideas. I'm going to pass them along to the Pre-K teacher at my sons school. Amy Caroline- I am so glad that you like my lesson plan. Please let us know how this goes with your class.
Hello, this is a wonderful resource, I am just starting a pray and play group at our local church and hope to use some of your plans here.
Thanks again. PoetryMum- I'm so glad that you like my activities. Lots of great ideas, well linked and explained! Thanks for explaining the word wall as a SAHM, I've been wondering how they work and everyone just assumes. Thank you! I can't thank you enough!! I was stumped trying to figure out a lesson plan to cover Ash Wed, etc. I am so very grateful for all you've shared with us!
I am using your lesson plan in my class tomorrow. Thanks for freeing my of stress and a headache, and for such an amazing lesson plan. I will say prayers for you! These are great ideas! I love tying in the Very Hungy Caterpillar! With my preschools we do Radom acts of kindness too.
Thank you for amazing and creative information and ideas. So very grateful.Grades 1—2 Grades 3—4 Grades 5—6 Grades 7—8. Links of Love Help children brainstorm simple ways to make helpful and meaningful contributions to family, school, and parish life. Every time someone cheerfully serves or helps another, the child can make that act of love concrete by adding a link to a Love Chain.
Have children decorate their links.
Use the Love Chain to decorate the room for Easter. Lenten Promise Posters Help children brainstorm a list of ways that they can change their lives during Lent to become more like Jesus. Write ideas on the board. Invite children to choose one or two ideas that they will do this Lent. Then have children make posters to remind them of their Lenten promises. Have children take their posters home and display them where they will be seen each day. The people who distribute the ashes make the Sign of the Cross and say: Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel [adapted from Mark ] or Remember, you are dust and to dust you will return [adapted from Genesis ].
How We Depend on God In advance write on slips of paper situations where children demonstrate how they depend on God, such as praying before meals and attending Mass. Organize children into small groups. Give each group a slip of paper and have them perform a skit for the rest of the class. Have the group that guesses correctly go next. Pray the Rosary Distribute rosaries to children. Say: The Rosary is a great prayer to pray during Lent.
If you choose to pray this prayer, you might wish to use the Sorrowful Mysteries. Pray together the Rosary, using the Sorrowful Mysteries.
Pray the Stations of the Cross Arrange with your catechetical leader to take children to church to pray the Stations of the Cross. You may wish to pray the Stations by using this special online version. Eventually the Church settled on the 14 stations we now have. Celebrate Reconciliation Arrange with your catechetical leader to have children celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
If this is not possible, share with children the opportunities your parish offers to celebrate the sacrament. Explain that celebrating Reconciliation during Lent is a great way to prepare our hearts to celebrate Easter.
Instruct children to make their own illustration of Jesus overcoming temptation in the desert. When children have finished, invite volunteers to share their drawing with the class. Lenten To-Do List Tell children that planning out their steps to grow closer to God will make them more achievable. Instruct children to write their plans for growing closer to God during Lent in a bulleted list.
Remind children to focus on different ways they can pray, fast, and give alms. Encourage children to share their plans with their families. Tell children to hang their list in a place where they can review it daily during Lent.Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours or Passion of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion Commit to your faith and choose to 'live' Lent. Join our day challenge to authentically live the Lenten season.
Get inspired, don't just observe Lent, live it! In France, the people feasted on foods that would be given up during the forty days of Lent. Meats, eggs, and milk were finished off in one day, giving the holiday its French title of 'Mardi Gras' which means Fat Tuesday Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season, as we celebrate Our Lord's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by Holy Thursday is the most complex and profound of all religious observances.Lent
It celebrates his last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover On Good Friday, each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. In the solemn ceremonies of Holy Week Easter is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Leo I calls it the greatest feast, and says that Christmas is celebrated only in preparation for Easter The Ascension occurred on the 40th day of Easter, a Thursday Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, celebrated early enough to be mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles and Corinthians For most people the easiest practice to consistently fulfill will be the traditional one, to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year.
During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the From the humorous to the bizarre, people have had interesting Lenten experiences.
Tell us about what you are going to give up for this Lenten Year Everything answered from when does lent end, ashes, giving something up, stations of the cross and blessed palms. The key to understanding the meaning of Lent is simpleBreak Open the Tomb. Ecumenical Stations of the Cross New! Meet Me in the Desert. Prayer in Honor of the Five Wounds of Christ. Prayer of Giving. Prayer for the Poor. Scriptural Rosary: The Sorrowful Mysteries. Scriptural Way to the Cross.
Stations of the Cross for Vocations. We Hunger and Thirst for Holiness. First Sunday of Lent. Second Sunday of Lent. Third Sunday of Lent. Fourth Sunday of Lent.
Fifth Sunday of Lent. Palm Sunday. Examination of Conscience.
The Shadow of the Cross
Giving things up for Lent. Jesus Forgave Sins. Lenten Almsgiving. Palms vs. Preparing for the Lenten Fast. Questions and Answers about Lent. Raise Up.During this six-week season, we are encouraged by the Church to engaged in three spiritual practices — prayer, penance, and almsgiving. To assist you in carrying out these practices for yourself and with your family or students, Sadlier is pleased to offer a number of inspirational and practical resources. We hope it adds to your experience at this sacred time of year.
Download them now! Need ideas on how to keep your momentum strong throughout the six weeks of the Lenten season? Lent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ's Death and Resurrection at Easter. Lasting for forty days — from Ash Wednesday to the evening of Holy Thursday — the season draws us towards the light of Christ. Download The Road to Lent Leads to Easter lesson and prayer celebration to discuss the spiritual practices of Lent with your family or class.
When you hear the word Lent, what picture comes to mind? Penance, purple, fish, ashes, fasting, sacrifice, giving up movies? These are the images many Catholics associate with Lent. Faith Fact with an explanation of Lent by a Master Catechist to share with junior high school students. Teach children that Lent is a special season that prepares us for Easter with an interactive activity.
With the Living Out Lent Cube Activity children will brainstorm things they can do to make Lent a time of simple living. During the season of Lent, students will roll the cube to determine an activity they will "live out.
Keep your seasonal intentions intact with a Prayer for a Lenten Spirit. Download it and share it in your home or parish. Sharing the meaning of Lent with our family members and students, adorning our learning and living spaces with signs of the season, and taking part in Lenten practices helps us understand the important preparation of this liturgical season.
To help families prepare for the season of Lent, download a special Lenten Preparation Checklist for Families. This checklist can be distributed to families to help them to prepare and to observe the season of Lent in their homes and in their daily practices. Baptism provides the key to Lent. In the fourth and fifth centuries, the Church developed liturgies to assist people who wanted to become Christians. This Lenten worksheet to help young children practice renewing their Baptism during Lent.
Bring parishioners of all ages together to learn about and share their faith during a special seasonal event. Download these Lenten Whole Community Catechesis handouts to implement your event for the entire parish community or all the students in a school community or Religious Education program.
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Today you will read the bi Service Learning. Service Learning is a cornerstone of Catholic Education. We show our community our values and appreciation by giving back. Within this packet, students can plan Faith in Action K-4 : Lent. Students will: Read background information about the season of Lent.
Reflect on the true meaning of Lent and how they can apply it in their own lives. Lectio Divina : Crucifixion.
Jesus died for our sins and so we reflect on this passage from Mark that outlines the greatest act of love. Level: Download Lectio Divina : Crucifixi Guided Meditations: Forgiveness As God teaches us, everyone is capable and deserving of forgiveness.
Faith in Action K-4 : Rosary. Students will: Use the Faith in Action materials to learn about the background and meaning of the Rosary in their daily lives. Learn about the different pr Guided Meditations: Forgiveness.