40 Lent Activties for You and Your Kids [FREE PRINTABLE]

Are you looking for some last-minute lent activities for you and your kids? Or maybe you’re not quite sure what to give up for lent.  Here are 40 ideas to get you going on your lenten journey.

You have just recovered from all the Valentine’s Day festivities and realize that it’s already Ash Wednesday.  Time to get the kids and yourself ready for lent.

But where to start.  You search Pinterest looking for ideas you can start today that will help your kiddos not only appreciate the season but hopefully draw them closer to God as well.

You search but nothing catches your eye. What’s a momma to do?

Don’t worry, my friend, I’ve got you covered.  I’ve put together some simple activities that your kids can do during lent to draw them closer to God and learn more about the Lenten season.



Let’s face it Lent can seem a little scary time for kids.  It requires us to give something up that we enjoy and sacrifice in thanksgiving for all God has done for us.

It is also the time when we contemplate the death of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  It’s pretty heavy stuff.

But it is also a time of great rejoicing.  We should enter into the Lenten season with much hope and excitement because it is an opportunity for us to deepen our faith through prayer, fasting, and alms-giving.

My family and I have talked before the start of lent about what we would like to give up.  The kids are finding it a little hard to really pick one thing that seems meaningful to them.

And they’re not the only one.  I myself cannot seem to decide what I want to give up or take on this lent.


To help my kids truly participate in the joy of the Lenten season, I offered them some suggestions on things they can do for each day of Lent.

My prayer is that after these 40 days that they would have a better understanding of God’s love for us and the sacrifice He made.

The number 40 has such great significance in the Bible.  We know that the Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert during which time God showed His immense power and love for them.

Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert and was tempted during that time.

What can we give up for 40 days that would be pleasing to God?

If you are having a hard time picking just one thing here are some suggestions on 40 things you can consider doing during this Lenten season.

For kids

  • Fast from:
    1. Whining
    2. Being picky
    3. Complaining
    4. Drinking sugary drinks
    5. Chocolate
    6. Watching t.v for X amount of hours
    7. Tattling
    8. Video games/electronics for the day
    9. Negative words
    10. Wasting food
    11. Hitting
    12. Saying mean things
  • Pray for
    1. Your neighbor
    2. Someone who is sick
    3. Your teacher
    4. A not-so-nice kid in your class
    5. Your friend
    6. Your mom and/or your dad
    7. Write 2 things you are grateful for each day
    8. Your priest
    9. Your bus driver
    10. Someone you don’t like
    11. Your grandparents
    12. A relative you have not seen in a while
    13. Say the blessing at dinner
  • Alms-giving
    1. Make a card for someone far away
    2. Give your neighbor a card
    3. Help with dishes
    4. Smile at a friend who seems sad
    5. Give someone a compliment
    6. Clear table after dinner
    7. Set the table for dinner
    8. Share your toys
    9. Hold the door for someone
    10. Collect spare change and donate
    11. Say you are sorry
    12. Donate food to the food pantry
    13. Ask for forgiveness


For adults

  • Fast from:
    1. Food for x hours
    2. Complaining
    3. Nagging
    4. Yelling at the kids/traffic/other people
    5. Alcohol
    6. Television for a day
    7. Swearing
    8. Social Media
    9. Negative words
    10. Junk Food
    11. Meat
    12. Busyness
    13. Coffee (EEEk)
  • Pray for
    1. Your neighbor
    2. Someone who is sick
    3. Your co-workers
    4. Someone who has hurt you
    5. Your friend
    6. Your mom and/or your dad
    7. Write 2 things you are grateful for each day
    8. Your priest
    9. Your boss
    10. Someone you don’t like
    11. Your child (you know the one)
    12. Your country
    13. Your family
  • Alms-giving
    1. Go to confession
    2. Make dinner for a neighbor in need or just because
    3. Donate to a thrift store
    4. Email a friend you have not talked to in a while
    5. Give someone a compliment
    6. be cheerful especially when it’s hard
    7. Offer forgiveness for someone who has hurt you
    8. Attend Stations of the Cross
    9. Give more than usual to the church collection
    10. If you can, pay for someone’s coffee
    11. Donate food to the food pantry
    12. Ask for forgiveness


I hope that these have given you some ideas on how to prepare for this coming Lent. May you have a loving and joyful lenten season.

  1. Download and Print: Be sure to grab your download of 40 activities your kids can do this Lenten season.  And grab yours as well.  Your kids will have so much fun checking them off. Click here to download.

2. For each day of Lent, mark off one of the boxes.  At the end of Lent give a prize to the person who has filled most of the boxes or celebrate as a family.

What are you giving up this Lent?



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