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Lent is coming up quickly, and many of us are looking for resources to share the meaning of this holy season with our children and families. I have found a wide variety of books, films, crafts, and even countdown calendars to help bring Lent alive for your family.
Vermont Christmas Company makes a three different versions of this Lenten Calendar with 47 doors to open with Scripture verses inside. Right now they’re just $5.95 each with free Prime shipping.
Here is another neat Lenten paper chain. For $13, you get three different seasonal paper chain kits.
Oriental Trading has this inexpensive Color Your Own 40 Days of Lent poster with pictures to color and activities. It’s $8.99 for 40, so it would be perfect for a class. They also have many other religious Lent and Easter Craft Kits.
Also, I just want to mention that if you just want a simple Lenten calendar that your kids can color, Lacy from Catholic Icing has one here for free!
Next up is Lenten activity books.
Every Day of Lent and Easter (Cycle A) for $3.99 is a book of activities for children specific to this year’s Mass readings, and it also includes a Lenten Calendar.
What We Do in Lent: A Child’s Activity Book also looks like a good workbook to engage children in the season. It’s $10.00 on Amazon.
These adult coloring books are such a cool idea for Lent, both for adults and older children. Coloring Lent: An Adult Coloring Book for the Journey to the Resurrection is $12.99 and Lent: An Adult Coloring Journey is $11.22.
This 2017 Lenten Journal is like an activity book for adults, with daily challenges, questions, and quotes. It’s just $7.95.
My favorite version of the Easter story for kids, The Greatest Adventure Stories From the Bible: The Easter Story looks like it is currently only available from other sellers on Amazon, but it is quite inexpensive.
The Animated Passion is also available for $9.00.
There is also My Time with Jesus: Lent for $9.95 from Catholic Child, which introduces kids to the concepts of Lent, sacrifices, and the St. Michael prayer.
Also, don’t forget about the totally free Lenten Adventure video series from Holy Heroes, which get emailed to you each day of Lent.
There are many books on the Easter story for children, but for now I want to highlight books specifically designed for the Lenten season.
There are a number of family devotionals available. This one, Welcome Risen Jesus: Lent and Easter Reflections for Families, by Sarah Reinhard, is just $1.99 on Amazon. We have enjoyed the practical suggestions in this book.
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s book Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families gets rave reviews on Amazon and costs just $2.50.
If you would like a digital book, Family Activities for Lent and Easter includes twelve projects plus discussion questions and Bible readings. It is $5.00.
Bring Lent to Life: Activities and Reflections for Your Family includes crafts, family outings, and other activities for observing Lent as a family. It is $6.99.
A Family Journey with Jesus Through Lent: Prayers and Activities for Each Day for $12.45 has a storybook format where Hebrew children relate Jesus’ life and teachings.
For older children, I am intrigued by the Arnold Ytreeide books. He has a trilogy of novels designed for Advent reading, and now he has added Amon’s Adventure: A Family Story for Easter, which is designed to be read throughout Lent. It is a fictional story of a boy who lives through passion of the Lord. It’s currently $12.89 on Amazon.
Use some beautiful music to set the tone for Lent this year with Lent at Ephesus, the Lenten collection from the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles. The CD is $14.12, and the download is $10.99.
This Lent Dice Kit is a unique idea. With this $12.99 kit, your family can create your own custom sacrifice and intentions dice, and the kids can enjoy choosing one each day.
Help your children follow in the footsteps of St. Therese with their own sacrifice beads. This set from Holy Heroes is $7.55, and it is attached to a handy carabiner.
Another wearable physical reminder is this unique Lenten Bracelet for $14. The charm says “pray, fast, give.”
Finally, if you’re looking to invest in a meaningful Lenten tradition that you can use each year, here a few options.
For just $5 each, you can choose from a variety of original Lenten prints. You could put these in frames and swap them out for Easter prints at the end of Lent.
This Jesus Tree for $50 is a kit that you put together yourself – great for older children. It features beautiful original pen and ink drawings.
I also just love this Cradle to Cross Wreath (crafted by Ann Voskamp’s son) for $68. It can be used for both Lent and Advent.
In an upcoming post, I will share resources for praying the Stations of the Cross with your family.
What other books and resources does your family use during Lent?