While Stations of the Cross is an excellent reflection for any time of year, Lent is an especially appropriate time to meditate and pray on the Lord’s journey toward His death. This brings me to something I have been working on, which started as a small idea and got much larger than I anticipated. I’m excited to share a printable Stations of the Cross for Children!
One of the really exciting things (at least to me) is that this printable Stations of the Cross for Children comes in a few different formats. It also comes with an option for some reflections that I wrote for kids on each of the Stations of the Cross. There is also a free option and paid options.
So. many. options.
I hope that all of these options mean that you will be able to find an option that works best for your children!
Speaking of options, I also have a new way to experience the Stations of the Cross for children. They might like this free Draw and Write Stations of the Cross activity.
Printable Stations of the Cross for Children (Booklet and Reflections)
There are three different formats for this Stations of the Cross for Kids reflection booklet. I will tell you more about each of them and then I’ll give some directions for putting each of them together.
The Three Versions of this Stations of the Cross for Kids
Although one version is available for free, do you want to just skip to the part where you can buy all three versions in one download? Click on the Buy Now button here:
Stations of the Cross MiniBook
15 page booklet featuring pages that are 4.25″ x 5.5″ with a cover and then 14 pages that have a picture that can be colored in and the station number and what that station is (Each page is a quarter of a standard sheet of paper, so they will print out four pages on one paper)
Stations of the Cross Paper Bag Album
I’ll share all of the details of how to assemble this farther down in the post. This version includes the same items as above, plus reflections on each of the stations written with children in mind. They also have a chance to write or draw based on these reflections, but it’s not required.
In the picture above you can see that in the Printable Stations of the Cross for Children Paper Bag Album, prayers and reflections can be stored inside the book. (These are purposefully peeking out for you to see them.)
Stations of the Cross for Kids Reflection Booklet
This includes all of the same items as the paper bag album, but each station is its own full standard sheet of paper with the reflections and then room to write or draw at the bottom.
Printable Stations of the Cross for Children: The MiniBook
First, let me start with the all-important question you might have: This version is free!
There will be a way to download this farther down in the post in a section all about how to download each of the versions.
In this version of the printable Stations of the Cross for Kids, there is a cover and a page for each of the 14 stations. Children will be able to color the cover and there is a picture on each of the pages for the stations that they may color in as well. If you prefer, these look nice without being colored in as well.
On each of the pages, it also says the number of the station and what that station is.
Since each of the pages of the Stations of the Cross MiniBook are a quarter of a page, this booklet is four full-sized pieces of paper. Children (or you) will then cut the pages into fourths and assemble the booklet. There are light lines to make it easier to know where to cut.
To assemble the booklet, you can either staple them or hole punch it to use ribbon, yarn, or a brass fastener.
Printable Stations of the Cross for Children: Reflection Booklet
This version of the project adds in reflections for children on each of the stations of the cross. In order to make this work and be easy for adults and kids alike, there is a cover and then one full-sized page for each Station of the Cross.
On every page of the Stations of the Cross Reflections for Children Booklet, there is a picture to represent that station of the cross, the number of that station and what it is, and then a reflection on that station.
Each of the Stations of the Cross reflections includes:
- A short description about the station that is kid-friendly. By kid-friendly, I just mean understandable, not that what happened is sugar-coated.
- A reflection for them on things that might be happening in their lives and things that are happening in the world.
- Things that they can pray about. Each includes one prayer for their community and world and one prayer that might be more personal.
- Questions for them to answer (either in writing or just to think on) that will help them put some of those prayers into action.
At the bottom of each page, there is an open area to either write or draw. Because I wanted this to be accessible to a variety of ages, I wanted to keep that area open rather than put lines in exclusively for writing.
Note on assembly: If you don’t have a stapler that will go through 15 pages, you might consider using a hole punch and putting these in a pronged folder or very small binder. You could also use a hole punch and tie yarn for binding.
Stations of the Cross for Kids: Paper Bag Album
I thought it would be fun to try a little something different with this and make it into a paper bag album. This version includes all of the same reflections for the children as mentioned above.
With the paper bag album version, the pictures and reflections are on separate papers. Also, if you want your children to write or draw about the prayer into action reflections, they will do that on the back of paper on the reflection cards.
However, you can also use this version without the reflections, if you really love the paper bag album. Remember? So many options with this!
The other versions of this project are easy to understand where the assembly is concerned. Let me give some instructions on the paper bag album version though.
How to assemble the Stations of the Cross Paper Bag Album
- Four brown paper lunch bags per album
- Hole punch (optional, depending on the method of binding you will be using)
- Yarn, ribbon, staples, or thread (depending on your method of binding – if thread, then consider using the sewing machine option)
- Glue or double sided tape
- All Stations of the Cross printables (available below)
Instructions for Assembling the Paper Bag Album:
1. Get your brown paper lunch sacks. Place them in a stack in the following way:
- Bottom bag in the stack with closed end on the left and open end on the right
- Next bag with closed end on the right and open end on the left
- Then do the same again – next bag has the bottom of it (the closed end) on the left and then the top of the stack has the closed end on the right
While you will want yours directly on top of each other, here is what that order will look like:
2. Fold your stack of bags in the middle to form them into a square(ish) booklet.
This is a top view, to give you a better idea of what kind of fold you will be making:
*3. (see below #8 for other options) Punch holes on the side of the book near the spine. While you could put several holes and tie each with a small ribbon, I put two holes in the book. One was approximately an inch below the top and one approximately an inch above the bottom.
4. Run a piece of yarn (or ribbon) through the holes and make a knot. Because of the size of this book, I made a knot in the back first. Then I ran the yarn back through the holes and made another knot in front and then tied them into a bow.
5. Have children color and cut out all of the Stations of the Cross for Children pages and glue the cover and each of the stations in order onto their pages of their book.
6. Have students cut out the reflections. Place four reflections into each of the openings on the sides. This way, they can be private and can be taken out as needed.
7. Your paper bag album is now complete!
8. Clip it together (optional): To make sure students don’t lose their reflections, you might give each of them a small binder clip to put on the open end/book side to make sure reflections stay in place. This is not necessary, but may be helpful for students that have an issue with them falling out.
*Other optional ways to do this at step three:
- Stapling Method: Simply staple the paper bags along the spine or in the middle, if you have a long reach stapler. If you do this, you do not have to do step three and four.
- Sewing Method: If you are handy with a sewing machine and have a needle that can handle sewing through so many layers of paper, you can do a thick zig zag stitch in for the book binding. If you do this, you can skip steps three and four.
The Stations of the Cross MiniBook download is free for personal or single classroom use for Real Life at Home email subscribers. It is available for a very small cost to those who do not wish to subscribe. There is also an additional small cost if you would like to use it in multiple classrooms or in an entire school or religious education program.
The printable Stations of the Cross for Children with Reflections (and all three versions of the printables, including the MiniBook) is available for a small cost. It may then be used for personal or single classroom use. There is an additional fee for using it with multiple classrooms, in a whole school, or in a whole religious education program.
Important note for churches: Unlike some of my other printables, you MAY NOT share it in a church bulletin or newsletter. For whole church use, these must be printed out and shared with children and families as printed copies, not electronic copies or copied in newsletters or bulletins.
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