Printable Catholic Children Catechism Ideas

by Susan Ayers

The Internet has a wealth of Catholic catechism resources designed for children. Many printable lesson plans and activities are designed to teach children about the catechism of the Catholic Church, the Mass and Catholic traditions. Accessing these sites to download and print a variety of documents makes it easy for religious education teachers and catechists to provide interesting and unique content for their students.

Lesson Plans

Finding interesting, printable lesson plans online isn't difficult if you know where to look. However, it is important to decide in advance what your lesson plans should include. Taking the age of your students into account, search some of the online sites available for printable plans (see Resources). Websites include links to coloring pages, puzzles and a description of the holy day that you can print and hand out to the children. If you don't want to go to the expense of printing several copies, print one for yourself to refer to during the class.

Puzzles and Coloring Sheets

Word search and crossword puzzles are fun activities for children. Completing puzzles can help children learn new vocabulary as it relates to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Create your own crossword or word search puzzles, which you can print and hand out to children (see Resources), or visit a website that has previously designed puzzles that you can print out and have the children complete.

Many sites have printable coloring sheets for children designed to help them learn about Catholic catechism (see Resources). Print pictures of the saints for the children to color and take home. Make sure that your printable coloring page has a prayer or a biblical quote at the bottom for the children to read.

Mass Worksheets

Design and print your own Mass worksheets for catechism classes so the students can learn more about what is occurring at the Mass. One activity might be to ask the children to list several items that might be in a church, such as the Stations of the Cross, a chalice, the altar, a prayer book and a gifting envelope. Ask the children to circle the items they may have seen in church during the Mass. Another question could be for children to describe what the priest's homily was about and why it was important to them. Many Mass worksheets that coincide with the weekly readings are available online (see Resources).

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About the Author

Based in Richmond, Va., Susan Ayers is a senior learning associate for a financial organization. She previously developed web-based training for Circuit City and spent a number of years creating eLearning courses for a not-for-profit law enforcement organization. Ayers graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a master's in education from St. Joseph's College.