Stations of the Cross Matching Cards Freebie

Preview: Check out these FREE printable Stations of the Cross matching cards and ideas for additional activities for kids to do with the cards. A great way to help Catholic children with prayer and reflection of the death of Jesus Christ especially during Lent.
Check out these FREE printable Stations of the Cross matching cards and ideas for additional activities for kids to do with the cards. A great way to help Catholic children with prayer and reflection of the death of Jesus Christ especially during Lent.

UPDATE: This article & freebie were originally written for Today's Catholic Teacher. Today's Catholic Teacher has stopped publishing their magazine and recently shut down their website. I've moved the article and freebies here so that you can still access them. Sorry for the confusion with old links that no longer work. Hopefully we have that all taken care of now.

Check out these FREE printable Stations of the Cross matching cards and ideas for additional activities for kids to do with the cards. A great way to help Catholic children with prayer and reflection of the death of Jesus Christ especially during Lent.


The Stations of the Cross help us to meditate on Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. While these are tough events to recall, it is important for students to know what happened and what Jesus went through on that day for us.


These printable Stations of the Cross cards could be used in a variety of ways to get students more familiar with the events of Good Friday. They could be used as games, flash cards or a reference tool as students visit the stations in your church or school. 

 

Supplies Needed:

-Stations of the Cross Cards

-Cardstock

-Laminator

-Scissors

-Crayons

-Hole punch (optional)

-Metal book ring (optional)

 

To Make:

There are two versions included in the free download – color and black and white. Choose the set that works best for you. The colored set would be perfect for a ready to go center activity that could be used every year. The black and white version would be perfect to have students color and make their own set of cards.


Print the Stations of the Cross cards on cardstock for durability. Laminate if you plan to reuse these. Cut the cards apart.


To Play:

The easiest way to play this game is to simply match the picture and the words that describe each station. There are fourteen stations so twenty-eight cards to match total. For younger students, you could just focus on a few stations at a time if they are overwhelmed by that many cards.


Sequence the Events – Another important activity to do with these matching cards is to put them in order. This could be done before or after you’ve matched the picture to the words. You could also just sequence the picture cards or for more of a challenge try sequencing just the word cards. The picture cards include the Roman numerals, but the word cards have no number on them to help with figuring out the correct sequence of events.


If you want to use these cards as more of a game you could try these ideas.


Memory – Shuffle the cards and set them all face down in neat rows and columns. One at a time, students will pick two cards up. If the words and the picture match, they keep the cards and go again. If they do not match, they return the cards to the same position and it is the next player’s turn. Continue this until all of the cards are gone.


Go Fish – To play this, shuffle the cards and have each player draw four cards. If they have any Stations of the Cross pictures and words that match, they can set them down in front of them and grab more cards to replace those. Then, students will take turns asking another player for the match to one of the cards in his/her hand. If the other player has the words or the picture, they give it to the player that asked. The student that has the match sets it in front of them and goes again. If the other person does not have a match they say Go Fish and the student who asked, will draw a card from the pile. Continue playing until all cards are drawn and all matches are made.


Win, Lose or Draw – Using just the word cards, students will choose a card and draw the picture that matches it. Other students will try to guess the correct station based on the picture. You could divide the class up into two teams to play this way.


Other ideas for use:


Reference Tool - Instead of cutting the cards apart, cut them horizontally so that the picture and the word cards are still attached. Fold the cards in half. You could laminate them like this so that they make more of a flash card. Punch a hole in the corner and put a metal book ring through the hole to keep them all together. Students can use these as a reference when they are doing the Stations of the Cross as a class, whole school, or with their family.


Living Stations of the Cross - Have groups of students draw one card at a time and perform a living Stations of the Cross by acting out the station that was shown on their card



Check out these FREE printable Stations of the Cross matching cards and ideas for additional activities for kids to do with the cards. A great way to help Catholic children with prayer and reflection of the death of Jesus Christ especially during Lent.

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More Stations of the Cross Activities

I've used this same clip art to design Stations of the Cross Mini Accordion Books. Students can create these and then fold them up and keep them in their pocket as a reference guide. You can check out more info at the links below. I also have a version that has been translated into Spanish. Both books include 14 Stations.

More Catholic Activities & Printables

Need some other Catholic crafts and printables in addition to the Stations of the Cross Matching Cards? Check out some of the other activities that I wrote for Today's Catholic Teacher Website.