Christian Easter activities should focus on the story of Jesus's resurrection on Easter morning and the hope and salvation it provides for those who believe in him. Children can take part in Easter activities in Sunday School, at midweek church gatherings or at home with their families and friends.
One of the visual focal points of the Easter story is the empty tomb, which is proof that Jesus is alive. Kids can make their own replicas of the empty tomb with a paper plate, paint and a brown paper bag. Kids should paint the top of the plate black and the bottom light brown. Fold the plate in half with the black inside and staple it shut around the edges. Cut a hole in one side of the plate to make the door to the tomb and glue a picture of an angel inside. Crumple a brown paper bag to make a stone to cover the opening.
Easter Story Drama
A group of children can work together to act out the story of what happened on Easter morning. The facilitator for this activity should print copies of the story from Matthew 28, Luke 24 or John 20 for the kids to read. Girls can play the roles of the women who discovered the empty tomb, boys can play the role of the disciples and a few children can play the special roles of Jesus and the angels. If desired, repeat the drama with kids in different roles to give them a chance to play other parts. This activity helps children to better understand what the followers of Jesus experienced on the first Easter morning.
Although the cross is a common symbol for Christianity in general, its meaning comes from Easter, so crosses are especially appropriate crafts around Easter. Kids can make their own beads for a cross project out of long triangular strips of paper. For each bead, spread a thin layer of glue on the paper and, starting with the very short end of the triangle, roll it into a bead that finishes with the point of the triangle. Thread three beads onto a string, tie another string to the first between the first and second beads and thread one bead on each side to make the arms of the cross.
Rather than looking for Easter eggs full of candy, children can explore the contents of a set of Resurrection eggs, which are filled with Bible verses and symbols related to Easter instead. The facilitator should make the eggs by writing out a Bible verse or reference for one and including a small item in the egg. For example, the first could have a leaf and Matthew 21:1-11, which tells about Jesus entering Jerusalem the week before his death. Another could have a small stone and John 20:1. Number the eggs and have children open them sequentially to tell the Easter story.
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