Popular activities for children during Lent include an interactive Lenten countdown calendar, weekly lessons to teach the importance of the season, children-oriented Stations of the Cross, alms-giving activities, and family-oriented sacrifices for the Lenten season. Worksheets for coloring, family recipes and crafts for older children are also available.
On Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, during the first week of Lent, it is customary to make pancakes or king cake. On Ash Wednesday, families go to church and receive a blessing, followed by interactive lessons that explain the importance of Lent to younger children. These activities include coloring pages, group readings and re-enacting scenes from the Bible. This is also the time families can choose a sacrifice to make for the season that benefits either an organization or another family.
Later in the Lenten season, alms activities can raise money to give to the needy. Craft activities are available that represent Jesus' crown of thorns, such as making a crown from toothpicks or tongue depressors. Many families also bake Easter story cookies depicting the resurrection of Jesus with sequential images from the Bible. Finally, near the end of Lent, it is customary to create Easter eggs in bright colors. Some families also add painted images to the eggs that tell the story of the resurrection. Finally, a common activity for churches and families is to make crosses from palm fronds or pliable branches.