This year Catholic families prepare to celebrate the Easter season during a time of unprecedented social distancing. In this article, we highlight 12 Easter printables that parish catechetical leaders, catechists, and teachers can share with families to support them growing in faith at home during this sacred time!
Liturgical seasons offer multiple opportunities for families to engage in simple prayers and rituals that build and strengthen their faith. Below are 12 printable Easter resources parents can use at home with their children! These Catholic Easter lessons, activities, and prayers will enrich this special liturgical season while also adhering to social distancing guidelines.
The 50 days of Easter is a special time to rejoice over the new life we have in Christ. The Easter season lasts fifty days and ends on Pentecost Sunday. As in all the seasons of the year, we remember Mary and the saints for their belief in Christ and witness to his Good news.
Easter Season Printables for Catholic Children & Families
#1 Holy Week and Easter Resource Kit
Help children and families prepare for and celebrate Holy Week and the Easter season with prayers, practices, and activities that can be used at home. Download the Holy Week and Easter Resource Kit now!
#2 Easter Cross Craft Activity
The Easter season is a sacred time in which Catholic families can rejoice over the new life we have in Christ. Download a primary activity in which children make an Easter cross. Place the Easter cross in the family prayer space or other prominent place during the 50 days of Easter.
#3 Easter Mobile Activity
Families can use this printable handout to create Easter mobiles at home as part of their faith formation efforts during the 50 days of Easter!
Parents will need to gather a stapler or hole puncher, scissors, string or yarn, crayons, markers, or colored pencils, and paste or glue. Have children decorate the parts of the mobile from the printable handout and then cut out the parts of the mobile. Assemble the mobiles using a hole puncher or stapler; attach one end of each piece of string or yarn to the "dot" on the mobile parts "love", "new life" and "Jesus." Staple the other end of each string to the "Easter" part of the mobile!
#4 Easter Season Skit Activity
The season of Easter is a season of meeting. We meet the risen Jesus in the Eucharist and in one another. Invite families to write and perform a skit that tells a story of “meeting” the risen Jesus. This Catholic Easter activity appeals to bodily-kinesthetic, linguistic, and interpersonal learners.
#5 Easter Lesson and Prayer Celebration
Signs of new life in Christ are around us all year long, but they take on a particular meaning during the 50 days of Easter. Download a 4-page reproducible Easter lesson and prayer celebration to use during this special season.
#6 Alleluia Easter Activity
During the season of Easter, the Church sings the song of “Alleluia,” meaning “Praise God!” Teach Catholic children the meaning of the word Alleluia as they compose a song to celebrate Easter.
Catechists and parents may want to encourage kids to use a familiar melody for their original lyrics. They also may want to record children performing their songs and compile a classroom or family album to enjoy and share! Download the Alleluia Easter Activity now!
#7 Easter Table Prayer Card
One of the special ways we celebrate Easter is by sharing a meal. Invite children to design a table prayer card to be shared during an Easter meal with family.
This printable prayer card highlights the signs of new life that we experience during Easter and our new life in Jesus Christ. After it is decorated, it can be used on Easter Sunday or before meals shared during the Easter season.
#8 Prayer for Easter Eyes
Families can download a Prayer for Easter Eyes and use it in your home as you celebrate the joyous Easter season.
#9 Blossoming Celebration Easter Prayer Service
The Easter: A Blossoming Celebration is a downloadable Easter-themed prayer experience and activity. In this combination prayer service and art activity, children in the intermediate grades are invited to joyfully and prayerfully celebrate the new life in Jesus Christ during the Easter season. It is based on the Scripture passage in which the risen Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene, as well as beautiful imagery from the Book of Isaiah and Song of Songs.
Sensory bins provide young children with several sensory opportunities at once. Sensory bins are typically plastic containers or tubs filled with objects and materials that stimulate the senses and can be compiled around a season, theme, or topic. Children aged preschool through Grade 2 will especially benefit from the chance to interact with different materials. The Signs of New Life Sensory Bin provides inspiration and instructions for setting up an Easter-themed sensory bin for children in the preschool or primary grades in your faith formation program.
#12 Easter Season Prayer Service
Are you looking for a meaningful way students can celebrate the Easter season at home? Download and share a seasonal prayer service with families that is designed to introduce Easter to the students you teach. The Easter Prayer Serviceincludes Scripture and a “new life” activity.
BONUS: Prayer of Easter Gratitude Reflection
Encourage children to express their gratitude for Christ’s gift of life. Download A Prayer of Easter Gratitude Reflection and use it with your family to name the ways you have been blessed this Easter.