I'd love to hear your ideas of how to help young children understand and know that Christ is the reason we celebrate Easter.
I found a couple ideas that looked interesting and worth a try. There is a book by Janet and Joe Hales called "A Christ-Centered Easter: Day-by-day activities to celebrate Easter Week" , which I found really helpful with some great ideas! I checked it out at the library. Here is one that we are going to try.
The Easter Story in Eggs
1.) Number 12 plastic eggs with a permanent marker and put them in an egg carton for easy storage.
2.) Photocopy and cut out the scripture passages.
3.) Gather indicated visual aides.
4.) Place each strip and its visual aid into the numbered eggs.
5.) Take turns opening each egg in sequence and reading the enclosed scripture and discuss.
1.) Matthew 26: 14-16
2.) Matthew 26:26-28
3.) Matthew 26:36-37, 39, 42, 44
4.) Matthew 27:1-2
5.) Matthew 27: 22-24
6.) Mark 15:16-19
7.) Luke 23: 26-27, 33
8.) Luke 23:34
9.) Matthew 27: 50-51, 54
10.) Luke 23:50-53; Matthew 27:60
11.) Mark 16: 1-4
12.) Mark 16: 5-6
1.) Three dimes
2.) a small cracker or piece of bread
3.) A sacrament cup
4.) A length of twine
5.) A piece of soap
6.) A swatch of purple cloth
7.) A nail
8.) Two toothpicks (to represent casting lots)
9.) A bag of crushed rocks and potting soil
10.) Strips of white cloth
11.) Spices tied in a small piece of cloth
12.) Leave this egg empty
The other idea is a pamphlet-type of guide with a picture, discussion topic, activity ideas, and little homework assignments for the Easter week. I found it on Sugardoodle.net Click Here