40 Ideas for 40 Days



[typography font=”Vollkorn” size=”24″ size_format=”px” color=”#8a008a”]Ash Wednesday[/typography]

Wednesday, March 5
A Declaration of DEpendence
This is an opportunity to remind ourselves of our reliance on God for everything.

Thursday, March 6
A Lenten Chain
Watch the chain grow during Lent as young people identify their Lenten goals.

Friday, March 7
My Lenten Calendar – 40 Crosses
Color a cross each day for 40 days showing good deeds done out of love for Jesus.

Saturday, March 8
Remembering the Lamb
Children glue cotton balls onto a lamb for each prayer or doctrinal formula they take to heart during Lent.

[typography font=”Vollkorn” size=”24″ size_format=”px” color=”#8a008a”]First Sunday of Lent[/typography]

Monday, March 10
Salt Dough Crown of Thorns
Create a crown of thorns out of salt dough and remove a toothpick each time a Lenten discipline is practiced.

Tuesday, March 11
Bury the Alleluia
Symbolize the removal of the Alleluia during Lent in anticipation of its return at Easter.

Wednesday, March 12
Avoiding Temptations
Brainstorm temptations that young people face and can strive to avoid during Lent.

Thursday, March 13
What Lenten Hymns Teach
Search through Lenten hymns to identify the meaning of Lent.

Friday, March 14
A Group Fast
Find strength in numbers by joining together in an experience of fasting.

Saturday, March 15
Praying the Daily Examen
Learn how to practice an Ignatian form of prayer – the Daily Examen – during Lent.

[typography font=”Vollkorn” size=”24″ size_format=”px” color=”#8a008a”]Second Sunday of Lent[/typography]

Monday, March 17
A Spiritual St. Patrick’s Day
Explore ways to have fun with young people on St. Patrick’s Day while also teaching something of spiritual value.

Tuesday, March 18
CRS Rice Bowl
Introduce young people to CRS Rice Bowl, the official Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services.

Wednesday, March 19
Silence is Golden (In Honor of St. Joseph)
Use the Feast of St. Joseph, who was a quiet man, to teach young people to be quiet during this season of Lent in order to meet Jesus in their hearts.

Thursday, March 20
Overcoming Impulses
This activity helps us to recognize impulsive behaviors and work to overcome them.

Friday, March 21
The 7 Last Words of Christ Scripture Search
A Scripture search on the Seven Last Words of Christ as recorded in the Gospels.

Saturday, March 22
The Scrutinies
Focuses on the celebration of the rites called the Scrutinies, which are celebrated with the catechumens (those to be baptized on Holy Saturday) on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent.

[typography font=”Vollkorn” size=”24″ size_format=”px” color=”#8a008a”]Third Sunday of Lent[/typography]

Monday, March 24
To be “justified” is to be aligned with God – this activity helps us to visualize that.

Tuesday, March 25
Good Deeds Bracelets for Lent
Young people design a bracelet to record good deeds practiced during Lent.

Wednesday, March 26
Jesus in the Garden
A Blackline Master that invites young people to create and decorate a scene of Jesus’ Agony in the Garden.

Thursday, March 27
Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary Scripture Search
Do a Scripture search to locate the five sorrowful mysteries prayed in the Rosary.

Friday, March 28
Stations of the Cross Tableaus
Young people create “freeze frames” of the Stations of the Cross.

Saturday, March 29
The Desert Experience
Explore with children the Lenten image of the desert where God is encountered in a special way.

[typography font=”Vollkorn” size=”24″ size_format=”px” color=”#8a008a”]Fourth Sunday of Lent[/typography]

Monday, March 31
Making a Paschal Candle
Invite young people to create their own Paschal (Easter) Candle as a reminder of their call to renew their baptism this Lent.

Tuesday, April 1
An Examination of Conscience
An opportunity to help prepare young people to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation during Lent.

Wednesday, April 2
Sacred Art – Budding Artists
An activity to engage those young people who are more visual and perhaps even artistically inclined, focusing on the Stations of the Cross.

Thursday, April 3
Last Supper Craft
Ideal preparation for Holy Thursday based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper painting.

Friday, April 4
Stations of the Cross Carousel
Provides young people with an opportunity to be creative while reflecting and praying upon the Stations of the Cross.

Saturday, April 5
A Sense of Direction
A demonstration of how conversion is a change of direction for our lives.

[typography font=”Vollkorn” size=”24″ size_format=”px” color=”#8a008a”]Fifth Sunday of Lent[/typography]

Monday, April 7
What’s With the Pretzels?
Explore why pretzels are a traditional Lenten food that remind us to pray and fast.

Tuesday, April 8
Stained Glass Cross Craft
A simple craft idea that enables young people to create a “stained glass” cross.

Wednesday, April 9
Looking for Clues
An opportunity to help children become more familiar with the Passion story.

Thursday, April 10
Name That Song – The 7 Deadly Sins
A musical activity that helps us to understand and avoid the 7 Deadly Sins.

Friday, April 11
HCA Mission Stations of the Cross
An opportunity to combine prayer and almsgiving and to develop an appreciation for the Missions, specifically through the Holy Childhood Association.

Saturday, April 12
Holy Week Basket
An opportunity to connect Holy Week and the end of Lent to the celebration of Easter by creating Holy Week baskets.

[typography font=”Vollkorn” size=”24″ size_format=”px” color=”#8a008a”]Palm Sunday[/typography]

Monday, April 14
Palm Weaving & Braiding
Tutorials on the popular custom of braiding and weaving palms for use in our homes (the domestic church).

Tuesday, April 15
Palm Crosses
A hands-on activity to help young people create crosses out of palms.

Wednesday, April 16
Scenes from Holy Week
A blackline master from the Finding God program inviting young people to imagine drawing the cover of a parish bulletin for Holy Week.

Thursday, April 17
Triduum Tryptics
An activity from the Christ Our Life program inviting young people to design a tryptic showing symbols of the Triduum.

Friday, April 18
The Passion and Resurrection Activity Centers
Invite young people to actively explore more deeply the story of Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection.

Saturday, April 19
Resurrection Eggs
Use Easter eggs to teach young people to recognize various elements of the Passion reading.