I love easy activities but I also don’t like getting overwhelmed by the whole of the interweb and Pinterest to find ideas that could work. With that thought in mind, I collected 9 of the quickest and easiest activities to do with elementary age children (or younger) for lent.
There are tons of great printable countdown calendars. My favorite printable Lent countdown calendar comes from Catholic Icing and she has one for the Easter season, too.
If you are in the possession of one of those hanging pocket calendars, I’ve made a set of cards that fit the pocket calendars to countdown to Lent. They are numbered for the days of Lent and can be used year after year. I have also included non-numbered squares for St. Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.
And even better, the icons I’ve used each week are from Sarah Reinhard’s Welcome Risen Jesus Lenten Reflection. So if you use this resource, the countdown icons are pretty similar. Plus, it will help your child learn how the days of Lent are counted. To download them, click HERE or on the image above.
Other Daily Lent Activities
A single station of the cross every day.
Lent offering cross – make a cross from brown Kraft paper and make slips from purple paper–40 for each family member. Write down or draw an offering each day and put on the cross.
Count our blessings book – make a booklet of either 40 pages or 10 pages divided into quarters. each day write or draw a blessing.
Rocks in a box – Add a rock per person, daily, until Easter. Let kids feel weight each day as an example of how sin weighs us down. Remove rocks & wrap empty box on Easter, to symbolize how Jesus takes away our sins.
Pick Up Activities
- Stations of the cross
- Sacrifice beads on a caribeaner
- Divine mercy chaplet
- Food for donation with each shopping trip – kids choice from approved list of items in need
- Station of the Cross Eggs @ Catholic Icing
Has your family picked out Lenten activities yet?