Six Creative Ways to Teach the Resurrection to Children
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How can you teach the resurrection to kids this Easter season? After all, the meaning of Easter is an important part of passing along the Christian faith.
Kids often learn best with engaging activities. Use these six ideas as a starting point to explain Jesus’ resurrection to children. The following suggestions incorporate reading and hands-on activities to help children understand the foundation of the Christian faith.
1. Sharing the Easter Story
Explaining the Easter story to children in terms they understand requires clarifying the terms specific to the main points. The definitions should be short and easy to remember. Before proceeding to explain Jesus’ death and resurrection, make sure the kids understand these basic words:
· Angel: God sends Angels to deliver messages to His people.
· Cross: Two pieces of wood made into a “T” that Jesus was hung on to die.
· Disciple: Jesus’ students who learned from him and shared the good news of Easter.
· Savior: A person who protects and save people from danger — Jesus is our Savior.
· Tomb: Where dead people are buried.
The focus with preschoolers and young children should be on love and hope. Jesus loves us so much that he died on the cross for us. By dying and rising again, He saved us from our sins. Emphasize the fact that Jesus’ death and resurrection is not the end, but rather, it’s a new beginning for everybody who believes in God and Jesus Christ.
2. Attend a Service During the Easter Season
Attending a Good Friday service or Easter service is a perfect conversation starter to explain the true significance of the Easter events and what they mean to Christians. Asking some open-ended questions will reveal any misunderstandings or lack of understanding. Here are some examples:
- Why did Jesus die for our sins?
- What did Jesus tell the disciples at the last supper?
- What happened on Palm Sunday?
- What happened in the garden when Jesus went to pray?
- How long was Jesus in the tomb before he rose?
- What does Jesus’ death mean for us?
3. Wash Each Other’s Feet
Read the story of John 13:1-17 when Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. Wash each other’s feet and discuss the following points:
- Jesus was teaching the disciples how to serve one another when he washed their feet. How do you think they felt as Jesus washed their feet since they knew He was their Savior?
- The disciples’ job was to spread the gospel to the rest of the world after the resurrection. How do you think they used the lesson of serving to do this?
- How can you be a servant in your everyday life like the disciples were?
- Are there more things you can do in the future to help others?
4. Baking Ideas to Symbolize the Resurrection
These two recipes are good hands-on activities to represent the importance of Easter. Making these treats, while having specific conversations at each step of the recipe, can create a visual of the entire Easter story. These visuals help children grasp the concept of Jesus’ resurrection:
These cookies use ingredients to explain specific parts of the Easter story and site the coordinating chapter and verse from the Bible.
An example is the vinegar. Let your kids pour the vinegar in the mixing bowl and smell it. Explain that Jesus was given vinegar to drink when He was thirsty on the cross. Then, read Bible verses John 19:28-30.
Empty Tomb Resurrection Rolls
The rolls in this recipe explain that Jesus was sent to earth to pay the price for our sin and that He never sinned. The story continues explaining how Jesus’ body was placed in a tomb, but three days later, his friends were told by angels that Jesus had risen — and the tomb was empty. The rolls are sweet like the love God has for us.
5. Have a Resurrection Egg Hunt
Instead of plastic eggs filled with candy, fill the eggs with something that represents part of the Easter story. You can make your own eggs or buy them. When all the eggs have been found, open them. Discuss what’s inside and how that object is part of the Easter story.
Here are the objects you will need if you make your own eggs:
· 12 plastic eggs
· A small stone to represent the tomb cover
· A palm branch to represent Palm Sunday
· A piece of a cracker to represent the last supper
· A flower as a reminder of the garden Jesus prayed in
· Silver coins to represent Judas’ betrayal of Jesus
· Ropes to signify Jesus’ arrest
· A “crown of thorns” to represent the one placed on Jesus’ head before the crucifixion
· Nails to symbolize the used for the crucifixion
· A small piece of sponge to represent the vinegar offered to Jesus on the cross
· Spices and fabric to represent the burial of Christ
6. Share the Easter Story in an Activity
Chrono Bible cards can help children remember major biblical events by walking them through in a fun and easy way. Good Soil has the new testament set, which includes the elements of the Easter story. These cards include the last supper, betrayal, appearance before the judges, crucifixion and death and resurrection.
If your child is ready to go further into their biblical knowledge Chrono Bible cards of the old testament are also available from Good Soil Resources.
It is never too early to begin biblical instruction, and explaining Jesus’ death and resurrection with activities for kids is a great place to start. When parents explain the truths of the faith at home and reinforce it frequently, a child is prepared to build their faith at Sunday school. This support system is the best foundation for conversion and spiritual transformation. Good Soil has all the resources needed, regardless of where your child is in their faith journey.