Reformation Day! (Free Printable Coloring Book: Ages 2-5)

Reformation Day! (Free Printable Coloring Book: Ages 2-5)

As Halloween sneaks up on us, my blogosphere and facebook are erupting with different takes on how families are choosing to meet this Holiday. Some are abstaining entirely. Some are “taking it back” and some are saying: “It is just harmless fun, we just skip the scary costumes.”
Here is a peek into our home; we don’t really celebrate Halloween, we are in a culture saturated by it, and so our children are exposed to it, but not intentionally. My personal take on Halloween is that it is a holiday that glorifies death, sin, and gore, and no matter of cute costumes can take that away. I’m not a fan of it, and our children do not trick or treat.
When it comes down to it, my 7 year old stated our thinking well:
“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7, ESV)
I LOVE that her response to things that scared her, and gave her pause was to quote scripture. I know that we will be looking into the context of that verse, because as great as that little soundbyte is, the verses surrounding it are rich with wisdom and truth as well.
We choose to respond to our culture’s celebration of death and sin with love and self control. I don’t think it is about one or more things we do to abstain from Halloween, so much as it is how we react to it internally. Do we respond with the power of truth, with Christ’s love, and do we use self control?  Halloween is a time where we have an ability to share the gospel more often, and to be a witness with each person who asks the children:
“What will you wear for trick or treat?”
The way we often are able to do that is usually more than a bit amusing as well. I have to admit that watching my children learn to speak of their faith is a sweet experience that has all the more ability to catch folks off guard by the earnestness and sincerity of how they speak.
Take the dentist’s office on Monday:
Hygienist: So, what are you wearing for your costume for Halloween?
Emma: Oh I don’t wear a costume for Halloween. I get to be a Princess every DAY!
Hygienist: (confused) Oh, you don’t celebrate Halloween? I’m sorry…
Emma: No, we don’t celebrate Halloween, we celebrate REFORMATION DAY! And we have a FEAST! And we talk about Marfin Lufer. *giggles*

This usually leads into a discussion from all of the children on who “Marfin Lufer” is and why the Reformation was important, with the adult looking on curiously. If the opportunity arises, it can become a really interesting way to spread the gospel. If the person is a christian, it can become a thought provoking discussion. This is one of those cases where we are “ready with an answer” and we let the Holy Spirit do the rest.

So, however you choose to celebrate this controversial holiday, this post will serve to introduce you (or your littles, more accurately!) to another Holiday, one that is entirely overshadowed by Halloween.

Reformation Day!
A bunch of ladies on facebook were having a discussion one day, and we all lamented the lack of material for littles (2-5 years old) to educate them on Reformation Day. So, being the DIY homeschooler that I am, I got to work making material!
But, being the impetuous impulsive seat of the pants woman that I am, I gave myself only a few days to do it, in between diaper changes, nursing sessions, meal prep and clean up, and a really awful cut from the food processor. (it fought back, and I lost.) Making this group of coloring pages and the corresponding read aloud text for Mamas was a fun experience for me.  I didn’t get to make as many pages as I would have liked. Nor did I have the option to make it quite in the form I’d hoped. I am hoping it can still be useful!
Without further ado:
The FREE Printable History of Martin Luther and Reformation Day Coloring Pages for 2-5 year olds!
(Don’t mind the unwieldy title…)
MARFINLUFERClick to Download and Print (in chronological order):
Martin Luther Learns Page 1
Martin Luther And His Horse Page 2
Martin Luther Becomes a Monk Page 3
Martin studies the Bible Page 4  
God’s Plan Page 5
Man counting money Page 6
Nailing ThesesPage 7
To the Glory of God The End Page 8

Feel free to let me know if this content was useful for you!

Happy Reformation Day!


22 responses »

  1. Thank you thank you thank you!!! I’ve been looking for something like this! About to print now and have a delightful Reformation Day lesson with all my little ones. May the grace of the Lord be with you!

      • Sarah and Liz –
        I did have that problem, but I think when I have it open, if I click on the top right corner of the PDF viewer screen, there is an option to download the page. I then download it as the PDF and the text is merged onto the paper, so it prints the text then 🙂

  2. Thanks for doing this! My friend Elly (your FB friend) told me about this and sent me over here. What a great way to do something POSITIVE for the little ones, who have a harder time understanding October 31.

  3. Thank you for making these free printables available! I downloaded them and am going to make lots of copies for the children to color at our Reformation Day Service at our church tonight. There has been little interest in the Reformation Day in our community- glad to see there are still some of God’s people remembering this pivotal event in our heritage. May the Lord bless you as you seek to train up your little ones for him.

    • Thank you! 🙂 I am still surprised that so many people used them/were looking for something like this. Amazing how one little conversation can turn into something utterly unexpected.God just uses the oddest things in the most surprising ways! Soli Deo Gloria.

  4. Liz! Thank you so much for this again! It’s that time of year to re-study this special day with my sweeties, and I’m so excited to use this precious coloring book again. Thank you again dear sister ❤ Soli Deo Gloria!

  5. Even though it’s not October…I was looking for something to explain Martin Luther to a range of ages of kids as we are learning about Germany at our Explore a country co-op here in South Africa. I am happy that the gory details were left out. The books I have are far too graphic and horrible for under 8 year olds.
    Thanks again

  6. Thank you for offering this. I am using it with my 8 and 6 year old. I like that the pictures aren’t really fancy and more life-like.

  7. Pingback: Martin Luther and the Reformation ~ Resources and Activities - Simple Living. Creative Learning

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