Printable Lenten Calendar for Children

I made this printable Lenten calendar for kids this week. It's a fun visual for kids so they can see the 40 days of lent of lent going by, and Easter approaching. I left room in the squares to write in daily prayers or sacrifices if desired. The important days are brought to special attention with fun visuals for kids that symbolize what's going on that day, and little fish symbolize days to avoid meat (although children are not required to do this). I also love how it shows kids that Sundays are not included in the 40 days of lent.

Here are some dates you might want to add to your calendar. (Lent can start as early at Feb 4, and end as late as April 25, so all of these dates will not fall during every lent).

*UPDATED TO SAY* This post is from 2010, so these are NOT the correct dates to add for this year's calendar! The printable Lenten calendar is good for every year because I didn't include any actual dates on the printable version. The calendar pictured above already has some of these things written in, but they aren't on the printable version. I hope this helps to clear up some confusion. 
  • St. Agatha- February 5
  • Our Lady of Lourdes- February 11
  • St. Valentine- February 14
  • Chair of St. Peter the Apostle- Feb 22 (If you write in this day, the liturgical color is white.)
  • St. Patrick- March 17
  • St. Joseph- March 19 (If you write in this day, the liturgical color is white.)
  • Spring Begins (March 19 or 20)
  • Annunciation of the Lord- March 25 (If you write in this day, the liturgical color is white.)
  • St. George- April 23
I hope you enjoy this Lenten activity for kids! I think these would be great to print for a CCD class, or just hang on your refrigerator! Just have the kids mark off the days as they go by :-)

All printable coloring pages are my own artwork and are free for any not-for-profit use by individuals, families, or educational organizations. Copies may not be sold or reproduced for profit. If you'd like to post this project for others to find, I would ask that you link to my post and rather than my individual downloads. When printing or running copies, please do not remove my website from the bottom of the page. Thanks!
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  1. Thanks, Lacy for posting this! I was just going to have to make my own, but yours is better than mine ever would have been!

  2. My kids will love this!
    Pax - Lena

  3. Seems like I'm commenting too much on your stuff, but it's just so well done. I emailed your link to my friend who teaches CCD. I wouldn't doubt it if she shares it with all the other CCD teachers. Very nice, Lacy!

  4. Thanks, Lacy! I've been using the same little calendar for 12 years -- definitely time for a new one!

  5. Thanks for sharing this with us- I KNEW there was a good reason you deserved that award!! You are awesome! :)

  6. This calendar is great! I printed them out for my kids and my kindergarten CCD class. My 8 year old says it's cool!

  7. Great job! The kids will LOVE this! :)

  8. This is great!! I printed it out for my kiddos! I've used a really, really old one for years, I used years ago when I did daycare (I ran a Catholic daycare in my home before we had kids) and it's just not near as nice as yours is!!

    Thank you so very much!

  9. Thanks for this great calendar!! I printed one for home to use with my kids, and one to use with my CCD kids (1st graders). I'm sure the other teachers will want to use it too!

  10. Thank you so much! I knew that if I searched the web I would find something about the lenten calendar for my daughter...but I never hoped for something so perfectly suited to her.
    I'm definitely a new Follower.
    Happy Valentine's Day,

  11. Thanks so much. I used it in my Family Formation class this past Saturday.

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas you have.

    God's blessings,
    Lara in Ottawa

  12. Hi! I'm writing from Italy where I live (sorry about my bad englih...). Your blog is very interesting. I translated the calendar in Italian, so that I can use it with my children in Parish. I also post it on my blog.( Thank you!
    Why aren't Sundays included in the 40 days of Lent? I believe that Lent finishes on Palm Sunday and does not include The Holy Week... However, thank you for sharing your work with us!

  13. Love this calendar! Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Wonderful, Lacy!

    I, too, was about to make my own and thank you for your excellent work! You've saved me a bit of time today, allowing me to focus on another pre-Lenten project...

  15. Thank you. I'm making copies for my girls and for my catechism class too.

  16. Thank you for sharing this. It's wonderful!

  17. When I try to download and print the calendar, I get an error message that say "You've reached the bandwidth limit for viewing or downloading files that aren't in Google Docs format. Please try again later."

    This would be a great thing to do with our kids this Lent. If you can help out with this glitch, contact me at Thanks!

  18. Thank you so much for this! Saves me some work, and my kids will love it! Good Job!

  19. oh how lovely I am sharing this on my friendfeed, I am also on scribed and would love to connect with you on scribed, I have lovely printables for simple living

  20. Wow! This is great! Thanks so much for this! Love it!! We'll pray for you throughout Lent in thanksgiving for such great family- and child-friendly ideas found on your site:)

  21. Thanks for sharing. We are using this for the little ones in addition to our primary Lenten photo calendar.
    Pax Christi - Lena

  22. From Trinidad, West Indies, with God's richest blessings. My girls would enjoy doing this activity.Thank you so much.

  23. OOps, did I already comment? Anyway, just wanted to say this is so beautiful! I just printed out the calendar to use with Gabriel. You've done so much in so little time... you need to go into business!!

  24. Awesome calendar...I kept trying to download the calendar from Catholic Mom and I was not successful. I'm glad I wasn't successful because that's how I found yours, and I used it for the 30 children in Children's Liturgy of the Word today!

    I printed the calendar on a big 11x18 sheet, and I taped a piece of bubblegum on the bottom with the following words:
    "I,_________________, plan to resist the temptation to chew this gum for 40 days just as Jesus resisted temptations in the desert for 40 days.

    I plan to happily chew this gum on Easter Sunday as I celebrate Jesus' Resurrection from the dead!

    hmmm...hope this helps the precious children grow to love our Lord more and more...
    Thank you again for a super calendar!

  25. Thanks so much. The kids love it and I linked to it to share with others.

  26. Just wanted to let you know I loved your downloadable lenten calendar and I have written an article on Associated Content titled
    It's Lent! Activities to Celebrate Ash Wednesday & Lent in which, I have included a link to your site. If you would like to check it out the address is

    Thanks for the great calendar! You have a wonderful site.

    Julie Darleen Durr

  27. Thanks so much!!! Your site is such an inspiration...I love the ideas you pass along!

  28. hi, I have translated this calendar in to polish. I am going to publicate it in my blog on wednesday, if you don't mind... don't you?
    I like your blog very much. You are doing a great job. God bless you!

    my blog:

  29. Lovely Lenten calendar! I wish I would have had this while my children were growing up (they're 20 and 25 now). I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at

  30. Wonderful Lenten Calender! Exactly what I was looking for to give my class at Religious Ed. Thank you :-)

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