Activities to Teach Your Children About Easter
But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
- 12 plastic eggs numbered 1-12
- empty egg carton
- small piece of bread
- 3 silver coins
- small piece of purple cloth
- thorn (you could use a thumbtack)
- thick string
- small cross (you could make this from toothpicks)
- small sign with the words “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS”
- piece of sponge
- spear-like object (you could use a toothpick or stick)
Fill 11 of the eggs with the above items, leaving the 12th egg empty. Read the following passages from Scripture as you open each egg.
1. (Bread) Matthew 26:26
While they were eating Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples. “Take and eat it,” He said, “This is My body.”
2. (Coins) Matthew 26: 14-15
Then one of the twelve disciples, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and asked, “What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him.
3. (Purple cloth, representing a purple robe) Mark 15:17
They put a purple robe on Jesus. . .
4. (Thorns) Matthew 27:29
Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on His head, and put a stick on His right hand; then they knelt before Him and made fun of Him. “Long live the King, of the Jews!” they said.
5. (Scourge-a small piece of rope or thick string) Mark 15:15
Pilate wanted to please the crowd, so he set Barabbas free for them. Then he had Jesus whipped and handed Him over to be crucified.
6. (Cross) John 19: 17-18a
He went out, carrying His cross, and came to “The Place of the Skull,” as it is called. (In Hebrew it is called “Galgotha.”) There they crucified Him.
7. (Nails) John 20:25b
Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the scars of the nails in His hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in His side, I will not believe.”
8. (Sign) Luke 23:38
Above Him were written these words: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
9. (Sponge) Matthew 27:48
One of them ran up at once, took a sponge, soaked it in cheap wine, put it on the end of a stick, and tried to make Him drink it.
10. (Spear) John 19:34
One of the soldiers plunged his spear into Jesus’ side, and at once blood and water poured out.
11. (Rock) Matthew 27:59-60
Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and placed it in his own new tomb, which he had just recently dug out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb and went away.
12. (Empty) Matthew 28:6
He is not here He has risen just as He said.
- 1 package of refrigerated biscuits
- Small marshmallows – 1 per biscuit
- Melted butter
- Sugar & cinnamon mixture
1. Wrap 1 biscuit around 1 marshmallow. Dip in butter and roll in cinnamon/sugar.
2. Bake as directed on the biscuit package.
3. The marshmallow will melt and the roll will be hollow inside.
4. While the rolls are baking share The Easter Story with your children. They will be amazed to see that the roll will be empty just like Jesus’ tomb was empty.
Easter Story Cookies (an activity to be done just before bedtime)
- 1 cup whole pecans
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 3 egg whites
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 gallon size zipper bag
- Wooden spoon
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Place pecans in zipper bag and let kids beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces.
3. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read: John 19:1-3.
4. Let each child smell the vinegar. Add teaspoon of vinegar into the mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30
5. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
6. Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sins. Read Luke 23:27.
7. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8.
8. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
9. Fold in broken nuts.
10. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
11. Place the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
12. GO TO BED. Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20.
13. On Easter morning, open the oven and remove the cookies. Take a bite. Notice, the cookies are hollow. On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.
Jelly Bean Poem
Red is for the blood He gave.
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for the sunflowers so bright.
Black is for the dark of night.
White is for the grace He gave.
Orange is for the sun He made.
Purple is for the hours of sorrow.
Pink is for our new tomorrow.
A bag full of jelly beans,
Colorful and sweet.
It’s a prayer, a promise,
And a child’s treat.
First…How to properly boil an egg:
Lay eggs on bottom of the pot.
Fill with water so it’s an inch over the eggs.
Put on high heat and bring to a rapid boil.
Let boil for 12 minutes.
Remove the eggs from the pot with a slotted spoon and plunge them into cold water. Leave in cold water for one minute.
There are many ways to color eggs, but here are some of my favorites…
- Hard boiled eggs
- Small bowls or cups
- Food coloring drops
1. Fill containers about 1/2 to 2/3 full of water. Don’t full too full or when you put the eggs in it will overflow.
2. Add 1 tsp of vinegar
3. Add drops of food color until you’re happy with the hue.
4. Gently put hard boiled eggs in the cups for a few minutes.
5. Remove the eggs and let dry. Wipe with vegetable oil to make a glossier egg.
6. A method that works great for little ones is to fill a spray bottle with color water and allow them to squirt the eggs.
Stained Glass Eggs
- Hard boiled eggs
- Squares of tissue paper in many bright colors.
1. Dip egg in water.
2. Overlap lots of squares of tissue paper one at a time around the egg.
3. Spray with water if the tissue paper didn’t get completely wet.
4. Set aside in a bowl to dry.
5. When the egg dries, the tissue paper will fall off, but the pretty colors will stay behind.
- Hard boiled eggs
- Store bought or homemade dye
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil (for each color)
1. Mix dye according to directions
2. Add 1 Tbsp vegetable oil to each color you want to marbleize
3. Dye eggs as directed
4. The oil will create a very beautiful marbleized effect
View more Easter books for children at our Amazon Store.
Online coloring pages using an interactive crayon
Christianity Today has a wonderful article full of family devotions and activities to be completed during the week prior to Easter.
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