Stations of the Cross for Children

One of the most popular hits on my blog is this little pamphlet for the Stations of the Cross for Children (and second are the Rosary Coloring Pages). My family used this version of the Stations of the Cross, and my mother remembers using it in her childhood. It’s so beautiful and moving. It’s not watered-down language for children, but aimed directly at the child in all of us. My sons want to pray them every day.

Our family always use a display flip easel with vertical pages with the Stations of the Cross prints that can purchased from CHC or Leaflet Missal Company. During our family prayers the children take turns turning the pages. They enjoy having a visual aid that is bigger than the little booklets. These images happen to be the same images in the original booklet I owned. The following files are done in color, but our version had black and white pictures.

After 3 years, I’ve revamped, reformatted, and providing a few new options for the booklets. I found some wonderful Stations images in Black and white, so for many of the files below, I’ve provided the B&W option.

Stations of the Cross cards to carry:
The newest way to print these stations is to print them double-sided on cardstock and hole-punch on the top and place on a ring. These are similar to the cards we created in My Little Advent, using 1 inch book or binder rings or larger. My children love to hole-punch, and then use a lanyard or pipe cleaners to create their own portable Stations. These are larger than the Advent cards; there are 4 per page, about 4″x5″ each.

Color Cards: Stations of the Cross Cards color
Black & White Cards: Stations of the Cross Cards B&W
Print these double-sided on cardstock.

Stations small booklets:

Stations, Full Page and Pamphlets:

Stations of the Cross Coloring Pages

My oldest son didn’t enjoy coloring, but now my younger one wants to color all the time. I have created the B&W images into coloring pages, but be aware that the black background is still there (one of these days I’ll have time to remove it) and so these will take up much ink in printing.

Stations of the Cross coloring pages

A better option is the beautiful original Stations of the Cross coloring pages from St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal, Virginia.

Some other free images of the Stations:
Victorian images of B/W Stations of the Cross

Further Stations Aids

Beside our flip easel, we also have a Stations box inspired by Joe and Irene Starrs and and also this 4Real thread for details. It’s all so very tangible, and gives a variety for inspiration during prayer.

Stations of the Cross Box:

Station 1 Jesus is Condemned to Death – a string to represent the rope used to tie Jesus’ hands
Station 2 Jesus Carries His Cross — a small cross
Station 3 Jesus Falls the First Time — three band-aids in the box to represent Jesus’ three falls. He explained it to my toddler (almost 2 at the time) as band-aids for Jesus, who fell down and “hurt the knee”.
Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother Mary – a plastic rosary to represent the Blessed Mother
Station 5 Simon Helps Jesus — small wooden heart painted red to represent Simon’s generous help in carrying the cross.
Station 6 Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus — Joe took a rectangular piece of white fabric (cut from one of his old undershirts, actually) and drew the face of Jesus on it
Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time — bandaid
Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women of Jerusalem — a tissue for their tears
Station 9 Jesus Falls the Third Time — bandaid
Station 10 Jesus is Stripped of His Garments — a small square of purple felt to represent His purple cloak
Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross — a large nail
Station 12 Jesus Dies on the Cross — a crucifix
Station 13 Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross — a laminated holy card depicting Michelangelo’s Pieta
Station 14 Jesus is Buried – a stone to represent the stone rolled in front of the tomb

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5 thoughts on “Stations of the Cross for Children

  1. I love this Stations of the Cross idea! I am going to use this at home and the Catholic School I work at! Ideas on what to do with items?

  2. I am so excited to use these with my children. Thanks for your hard work in putting them together! They are truely beautiful.

  3. Hi Jennifer – I pulled these out with great fondness this year and realized I needed to make a couple more. These really are the best Stations books for children out there. I’m so glad you’ve made them available and provided so many formatting options. (And thanks for giving the donation option for them – I think that’s a great idea. I hope people are taking advantage of that link!)

  4. I printed these cards and laminated them for my 3 and 4 year olds this Lent. Our family is praying the stations together every Sunday night and the kids love following along in their booklets that I made for them from your images. I thought I remembered seeing some Resurrection cards on this site too, but I can no longer find them here. Do you have images in a similar format for all the times Jesus appeared to people after the Resurrection (or know where I can find some)? Thanks for your help.

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