Catholic Lent Activities For Children

Use Children's Bible Like Photo Album

When Lent is coming I love to have Catholic Lent activities to help teach our children the sorrows of Jesus and Mary.

Lent is the most solemn, or maybe I should say somber, time during the Catholic liturgical year for children.

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.

Catholic Lent Activities For Children - At The Foot Of The CrossCatholic Lent activities for children are printable classics.
Catholic Picture Bible For Children - Super helpful for "telling the story".Tell the story of Lent using a Bible like a picture book.

The simplest Lent activity?

Use 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.

In general our site has many Lenten resources on other pages like:

Many Catholic Lent meditations are in the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary especially for Holy Thursday. 

See more Lent craft activities below on this page:

  1. Catholic Lent coloring pages - 5.5x8.5 booklet and individual 8.5x11 PDFs.
  2. Lent calendar sacrifice chart activity - our favorite and easy with little ones.
  3. Jesus' Crown Of Thorns - poky toothpicks really did hurt.
  4. Lenten Liturgy - for older children and will last a lifetime.
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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 Lent 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 Catholic Lent coloring book.

It doesn't have images for each Station, but the pictures can be very useful for learning about the Passion and Death of Jesus in a nice way.

The benefit of the full download is that 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. 

Printable Catholic Lent Activities For Children

1. Printable Catholic Lent Coloring Booklet

Print these as 8.5x11 for a binder or sheet protectors or use your printer's booklet setting to make them into a booklet.

Lent Coloring BookletLenten Coloring Booklet - Click here to print twelve pages.

See and download Catholic Lent Coloring Booklet - about 12 pages.

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Definition of Lent

See "What is Lent?" for a longer explanation.

This page is for Ash Wednesday and Catholic Lent activities, can help teach the story of Lent.

Lent is forty days long, if you do not count Sundays.

'Can't fast on a feast day! :-)

Individual Catholic Lent Coloring Pages

Stations of the Cross Catholic Coloring Pages

As I was building the pages for these coloring pages, I was looking at our printable Stations booklet and realized for the first time that Jesus fell twice after Simon was helping Him. Jesus falls at the Third, Seventh and Ninth Stations. Simon of Cyrene helps Him at the Fifth Station. How sorrowful! It's hard to watch a child fall, how much worse for an adult! Three times. On stones. I am so sorry for Jesus!

We have other pictures that go with the Stations:

Calvary Jesus Coloring Pages

Praying At The Foot Of The Cross

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Lent Coloring Pages

Lent coloring pages - Jesus says, "Watch and Pray" in the Garden of GethsemaneWatch and Pray.
Agony In The Garden - Lent Coloring PageAgony In the Garden
Lent Coloring Pages - Behold The Man, Pontius Pilate with Jesus ChristCrucify Him!
Lent Coloring Pages - Jesus Carries His CrossJesus Carries His Cross
Burial of Jesus coloring pageBurial of Jesus
Sorrowful Mysteries Of The Rosary - Jesus Dies on the Cross. Our Lady, St. John, and St. Mary Magdalen at the foot of the CrossCatholic Lent Activities
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2. Keep a Catholic Lent Calendar Sacrifice Chart

You can make a Catholic 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 list of sacrifices:

  • Diamond - Mass, Holy Hour, Stations, Rosary
  • Cross - Sacrifices 
  • Heart - Prayers and Acts of Charity
  • Pearl - Anything else that doesn't fit the others

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:

  • St. Patrick, March 17: Shamrock - Three Persons in God.
  • St. Joseph, March 19: Staff and Lily
  • St. Benedict, March 21: St. Benedict's Medal
  • Annunciation, March 25: Angel and Mary
  • Seven Sorrows Of Mary: Friday before Good Friday

Lent has its own special days. I frame Laetare Sunday in a rose color, put a symbol for the Sorrowful Heart of Mary feast day on the Friday before Good Friday, a Eucharist symbol on Holy Thursday, and the three crosses on the hill for Good Friday. Easter Sunday gets the open tomb and a bright sunrise.

Oh, and yes. We have kept some of these. They are dear treasures because we put so much into them and the children exclaim when they see them. Here are some pictures from one of our sacrifice charts:

Catholic Lent Activities For Children - Make a Lent Calendar Chart to treasure-up sacrifices.Catholic Lent Sacrifice Chart
Lent Calendar - Ash Wednesday through Easter SundayCrown Of Thorns With Toothpicks
Ash Wednesday Is When Lent Starts - Catholic Lent CalendarShrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday are first here.
Feast Days In Lent - Sts. Patrick, Joseph, Benedict, Annunciation, Seven Sorrows of MaryRemember Sts. Patrick, Joseph, and Benedict and Mary's Sorrows
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3. Baked Crown of Thorns Lent Craft And Recipe

Crown Of Thorns Recipe - Sacrifices for JesusCrown of Thorns Recipe.
Bake the Crown of Thorns - 350 degrees.Bake a Lenten Crown of Thorns

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.

  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups water
  • Brown food coloring for dough and tooth picks. (Mix red and green or use 1/4 cup cocoa in the dough.)

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.

Lent Crown of Thorns - Sacrifices For LentAim to remove all of Jesus' thorns with our prayers and sacrifices.
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4. The Catholic Lent Liturgy

Stations Lenten Activity

In a way, this should have been first. I treasure the hours sitting on the couch with our little ones reading the Stations together.

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 St. Alphonsus Liguori's 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.

Best Lent Activities For Children

Of course, the best Catholic Lent activities are to take the children to the

  • Masses, 
  • Stations, and 
  • Holy Week services. 

Here are some explanations of some of the seasons of Lent:

Septuagesima Season

Septuagesima is the beginning of Lent, the penitential season according to the Catholic calendar.

"The three Sundays preceding Ash Wednesday are called Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima, which mean, respectively, the seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth day, that is, before Easter. They are mere names to correspond with the name of Lent (Quadragesima in Latin; fortieth); obviously they do not actually correspond with the period they indicate." (New Marian Missal, p. 132)

"Septuagesima is followed by Sexagesima and Quinquagesima; this last is the Sunday next before Ash Wednesday on which Lent begins. Lent has six Sundays: the two last of these are respectively, Passion Sunday and Palm Sunday. The week beginning with Palm Sunday, that in which Our Lord was betrayed and crucified, is known as Holy Week." (Fr. Lasance Missal, p. 1622) The main events of Jesus' Passion happened after the Last Supper on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

"Easter Sunday, the feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord, is the Sunday next following the full moon first occurring after the twentieth day of the month of March. The earliest possible date for Easter is March 22, and the latest April 25." (Fr. Lasance Missal, p. 1622)

Lent Season

See these other Lenten pages:

Thank you for visiting our Catholic Lent activities page. Let's pray that we all have a holy Lent and a glorious Easter.

Easter Liturgy

Easter is the end of Lent. That's the best answer to give little children, not Holy Saturday. "Mom! It's Holy Saturday!" :-)

The Bible tells the story about the Resurrection of Jesus and the Missal puts it into daily segments for us. The Epistle for Easter Sunday gives prophecies from the Old Testament paired with the fulfillment stories in the New Testament. If you've been following the Liturgy in Lent, it's good to say: Rejoice! Alleluia!

The most important event on Easter Sunday is the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Easter Vigil has its own Mass on Holy Saturday. It has a beautiful ceremony all its own which begins with blessing the fire that will light the Easter candle (Paschal candle) which will not be extinguished until immediately after the Gospel on Ascension Thursday (really fun for the children to watch).

The Easter Sunday Mass for the day is surprisingly short compared to the long Masses during the season of Lent. The readings are short and to the point. 

The Gospel tells of Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome coming to finish the burial of Jesus. (Mark 16, 1-7)

"The first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, to see the sepulcher  And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from Heaven and coming rolled back the stone. And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you; for I know you seek, Jesus Who was crucified. He is not here. For he Is risen." (Matthew 28, 2...6) (Fr. Lasance Missal, p. 538)

See some glorious Easter coloring pages here.

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