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Easter games that teach children about Jesus

After being crafty using the FUNtastic Christ-Centered Craft Ideas for Easter from our previous post, we added some Christ-Centered Easter Games that share JesusEaster Games and Activities for parties and Sunday School celebrations.  Easter games are a good way to share with children the true story behind Easter and can make Easter truly an extra special time for children.

I know Easter is already in the air, so for those who are planning for an Easter party in the neighborhood or at Sunday School, these games are great to play with kids and help them learn that Easter is actually not about the bunny but about the Lamb.

Easter Games

Easter BingoEaster Bingo– this game that comes with q free printable is from 123 Homeschool 4 Me by Beth Gorden. This game can be played by little kids as well as older kids. This is good way to start any of your Easter events while you are still waiting for other kids to arrive.  The photos in the bingo card can be a reminder to the real story of Easter.

 

 

Easter Cross WordEaster Word Cross– this is an activity found in Sunday School Kids site and can be a nice activity for little kids to do during any Easter event. The kids will get to discover the importance of those words to the true story of Easter.

 

 

 

Easter Egg Game– this is a good game from Sunday School Network shared by Lily Herald. This is played like a Hot Potato game but with more fun since kids won’t mind getting “out” because that’s how they get the prize. This can be played while the kids will be singing to their favorite Easter Songs.

Empty Tomb– this is another good game from Sunday School network that creates fun and promotes teamwork. As the kids will compete with their opponent team to be the first group to empty their tomb, they will be reminded that Jesus had never really remained with the dead.

Easter Hunt gameThe Hunt for Easter– Very adventurous game comes from My Cup Overflows. This game as shared on the blog was originally played around the church. This is like a treasure hunting game but with trivia questions that needed to be answered in order to get the full location of the treasure. To quote the writer, “but the real treasure for this game lies in answering the question and learning the story of Easter.” This is indeed a very fun game to be played in group whether in the church or in any of your outdoor Easter event.

 

crownAside from games that children love, party accessories could also hype up any celebrations. So this Jesus Crown could be a cute addition to your Easter party or event. This can be use as venue decorations or you can add up an elastic to it and it can be a party crown or you can let kids give color to it as it comes in coloring printable as well.

If you are really running out of time to search for individual ideas to create a simple Easter Celebration for your kids; check out the Easter Party-Preschool Style shared by Beth Moore of From the Hive site. It is  a complete package of ideas including games, activities, foods, giving you easy access to a fun-filled meaningful celebrations of Easter Sunday with the kids.

Parties and events won’t be complete without a treat or a favor to bring home. And this Jesus-filled Easter Basket is a very wonderful idea to give as a treat. You can choose to fill it with the things that Abi from Joy in my Kitchen site has shared or you can just pick one or two and filled it with other treats that children will surely love.

Of course you can add to your treat basket the Easter Memory Cross card. It’s a good “take away” for kids to be reminded what Easter is really all about plus kids will surely love them because of their captivating never ending loops.

If you have other fun games or crafts post them in the comment box.

7 Christ Centered Easter Craft Ideas

Christ-Centered Easter Craft Ideas

Easter is fast approaching and I’m sure everyone most especially the kids are getting excited with Easter parties, egg hunting activities, Funtastic_Christ_Centered_Craft_Ideasnew Easter outfits and other Easter surprises. These things can bring great fun but sometimes these are also the things that made us forget the real meaning of Easter.

That’s why I decided to list some ideas that will help parents, Sunday School teachers and church volunteers to bring the real message of Easter to our kids and even to our family. Nothing can beat the fun in being crafty while creating a bond with our kids and sharing the word of God. These craft are easy, fun to create and can help kids learn the meaning of Easter.

  1. Play-Doh Plastic Easter Egg FillerWe found this craft idea on Meaningful Mamma.  It is good for little kids as I am sure they will have great fun filling eggs with play-dough. This also Play-Doh-Plastic-Easter-Egg-Filler-Non-Candy-Christian-Easter-Ideacomes with a simple explanation of how God wants us to become more like Him like dough being molded inside the plastic eggs.

 

 

2. Easter Handprint Cross– this project by Michelle at Crafty Morning is quite messy but it won’t diminish the fun it will bring especially to little kids as they handprint crosslearn the amazing sunshine God had brought to our lives thru the power of the cross.  What you’ll need for this project: white/green/brown or black paper, yellow washable paint, scissors, and glue.

 

 

 

3. Colorful Light Ray Cross – This easy to make craft project by Tammy at Housing a Forest will surely remind the kids the beautiful story of Easter amidst all the Colorful-Light-Ray-Cross-Oil-Pastel-Kids-art-4commercialized Easter fun and surprises now a days.

 

 

 

4. Easter Egg with a Cross – This idea was found on Amy’s Free Ideas.  It is easy to create with older kids as they already know how to handle crafts that use glue and paints. This is a good reminder that Easter is not about bunnies and eggs but about the cross and the story behind it. This link will also give you other crafts that create cross.

 

 

5. Resurrection Button Art – This craft can be found on Do Small things with love.  Nancy designed this craft for older kids who love button crafts. A beautiful reminder that life is button artcolorful when we have Jesus in our life.

 

 

 

6. Easter Walk – We came across this craft project on the Dating Divas.  No its not a singles dating site.  Tara Carson’s tag line is: strengthening marriages one date at a time.  This craft can be a good start of a family Easter traditions. You can re-create the same wonderful memories every year as you walkcontinue to remind everyone inside your home the importance of our Savior.

 

 

 

7. The Easter Story in an Egg – Heidi  with The Frugal Girls created this craft.  It is an easy way of having a fun advent of Easter with your kids and the rest of the family as you re-tell Easter-Crafts-Egg-Story1the part of the story day by day leading to the Easter Celebration.

 

 

 

Before I end the list, let me share another idea that you don’t want to miss in this Easter celebration: and this is with the use of memorycrossEaster Cards from Memory Cross. It’s an origami cards with four panels that never stop folding. It will capture the attention of the kids and you will surely have a great time sharing with them the true story of Easter.

For a more easy arts and crafts ideas, visit our Pinterest account on our boards- Christian Easter Ideas for Kids and on Pinteresting DIY, Crafts, Lessons and Games.

And lastly if you are planning to hold an Easter Egg Hunt or an Easter Party, here’s a way on how to use this event to present the word of God: Making and Easter Egg Hunt an Evangelism Event.

I hope you enjoy these and let us continue growing together and working hand in hand in discovering our Savior’s life in a fun and most creative ways.

Feel free to add the link or the tutorials of your discovered arts and crafts ideas that you want to share on our comment box below.

How video can help your church outreach and evangelism

Using video for evangelism

Here is a simple and effective way for your church to reach more people – create and share videos.

There has been a tremendous growth in the number of videos on the web.  Did you know that YouTube is the 3rd most popular website n the world and the 2nd largest search engine?  Guess who is 2nd?  Facebook and Facebook has a ton of videos.  Yes people are watching a lot of videos.

Did you know your church can use videos to spread the Gospel and grow your church?  With today’s technology it is simple but most churches are not using videos to reach people either in their own community or around the world.  In this post we are going to give you the basics of how to create a video and some ideas on what they could be about.

First know this, they don’t have to be professionally created.  Many videos that go viral with millions of views are shot with a smart phone and have not been edited.  Some of the most popular videos include children, so why not let the children of your church make a few videos.  It is easy and can be done even if you have just a few children.

In a separate video I’ll be covering how to upload the video to YouTube for maximum exposure along with a few ways to promote the video on various social media channels, but today I’m going to cover ideas for your video and what you’ll need.

What should your video be about?

There are lots of great topics that can be used in a video.  Here are a few:

  • Christmas video – What does Christmas mean to you.  A few questions that you could ask kids include:  What is Christmas all about?  What is your favorite part of Christmas?  Why do we celebrate Christmas?  What is the best present you have received?  Why did Jesus come to earth.
  • Valentine video – What is Valentine’s day?  Why do we celebrate it?  What is your favorite thing about Valentine’s day?  You could include facts that show how the origins of Valentine’s day were Christian.  Other questions to include:   What is love?  What does the Bible say about love?
  • Easter – Ask similar questions:  What is Easter?  What is your favorite part of Easter?  Why do we celebrate Easter.
  • Mother’s and Father’s Day – What is the funniest thing you remember about your mom (or dad).  What is your favorite thing to do together.  What makes your mom or dad special?  Is there something you want to say to your mom?  If you are creating this video early enough you should include information about your Mother’s day or Father’s day events along with a link to the church website.
  • VBS or summer events like a mission trip.  I recommend creating two videos.  The first one would be used to promote the event.  Ask kids questions like: How many times have you been to VBS.  What is your favorite thing about VBS and the second one I would do at the end of VBS where you get the kids reactions to the event.  You can either use those clips to create a new video or use them the following year.  If you are creating one for a mission trip you should get some powerful responses from the kids who just returned.
  • End of summer, back to Sunday School – Most churches have a fall kick off and a video could be a powerful way to promote it.  The video would be similar to the VBS one in that you are using it to promote Sunday School and let the kids talk about how Sunday School has had an impact in their lives.
  • Who is Jesus – A few questions to ask could include: When did Jesus live?  Who was Jesus’ mother and father?  What books of the Bible tell about Jesus?  Who was Jesus?  Why did he come to earth?  Why is having a relationship with Jesus important?  This video could go in two directions;  first you could use it to let people know about your church and what it offers for children.  Second you could use it as an evangelism tool.  If you are using it to let people know about your church you’ll want to include information about your church along with an invitation to come visit.  If you want to create it to share the Gospel you should link it to a site that gives more information about knowing Jesus.  One that I recommend is Steps to Peace with God by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  Another one is NeedHim and finally we created one on Memory Cross.

Here are two videos that will give you some idea of how they might look.  The second one was created with Animoto.  It allows you to create professionally designed videos without any knowledge of video editing and with very little work.  There is a cost but it is as little as $8 a month at the time of this writing for a personal plan.

 

 

What you will need

Making good videos has become so much simpler over the last 5 years.  All smart phones can now take very good videos.  A few things to keep in mind are:

  • Lighting – make sure you have enough light and be aware of natural light coming in from windows.  Shoot a quick video of the room to see if you have anything that is going to be causing you a problem.
  • Sound – Be aware of any background noise since it will be picked up by your phone and can ruin the video.  Stay 3-5 feet from the person you are videotaping.  If you want to back up further consider a inexpensive corded mic.  I bought one from Amazon which was under $20 and works great.  You might want to pick up the extension cable also.
  • You can either pause the video between kids or stop it and then put it together with a video editing program or Animoto or any of the video editing software programs available.  If you don’t have someone who can edit the video and don’t have $96 for Animoto then pause the video between shots.  You can still get a pretty nice video without any editing. There are also a number of apps available for Android and Apple products  (Apple: iMovie, Video shop, Fast Edits)
  • Finally keep the sections short.  I find under 15 seconds per “scene” works best.  You want to keep the video moving.

Give it a try.  Most of your kids will really enjoy making the video.  Next blog post will cover where to upload and how to tag it so the video gets found.  Comments?  Leave them in the box below.

Making an Easter Egg Hunt an evangelism event

Across the country thousands of churches will have millions of kids come to their Easter Egg Hunts, many who are not members.  Here are some ideas to turn an Easter Egg Hunt into an event that adds new members and presents the Gospel.

Easter Egg Hunt and Evangelism

I’ve been to many church Easter Egg hunts where kids come, hunt for Easter Eggs and 30 minutes later go home.  This is such a wasted opportunity.   A church down the road does it right and this is what I’ve learned from them, plus I’ve thrown in a few ideas from other churches.  If you have additional ideas let me know by posting in the comment box.

Many churches gather kids together before the Easter Egg hunt begins.  Here are three things you can do during this opening time:

  1. Have a sign in table where parents are asked for their email address if they want to know about activities going on at your church.  In my opinion this is the most important thing because you can now keep in touch with them.  For more information click this link which was about collecting and using email address at Halloween but would apply to Easter also.
  2. Hand out information to each parent with some children’s activities and invite them to come back and worship.  It can be as simple as a black and white sheet or something nicer.  (If you need help creating a postcard or flyer call or email us)
  3. Hand out a tract to each kid that explains what Easter is all about.  We have some really effective ones available on our website.  When you are there order a free sample.

As they gather play child friendly Christian music.  The church I mentioned above has a 20 minute Easter play that portrays the last days of Jesus.  They are a large church and have the resources to put this on but if your church is not that large or don’t have the time or resources there are a many short videos that you can show.  Here are a few from YouTube.  To download them to your computer watch the video on youtube and put “ss” in front of YouTube.  For the video below the url would be: https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=Y3UKd6LQKng

 

The following video is by Steel House Media and it does a really nice job of presenting Easter by asking children questions.  You’ll have to purchase it but the cost is only $19.95.  Here is the link to purchase.

 

 

The Skit Guys have a number of videos available.  Click here to see their entire Easter collection.

Finally there are many craft projects available which help children understand what Jesus did at Easter.  Two of my favorite resources can be found at Ministry-to-Children.com and at Danielle’s Place.  If you have other resources post them in the comments box.

If you want help promoting your Easter Egg hunt using Facebook, visit our page on Facebook advertising for churches.

5 Great Easter Gospel Tracts

As Christians, we are expected to share the Gospel every day, but it is undeniably special to share the message of Salvation during Easter. Do you agree? I believe this is because during this holiday, the focus is on Jesus and on what he did when he went down to earth. Jesus died on the cross and resurrected and ultimately triumphed over evil, which are the essential components of the Gospel.

However, it is also easy to get caught up with the activities that go with Easter. After all, most Christians are expected to not only celebrate Easter but also conduct or attend activities at home and in church. But it is not impossible to share the Good News despite the busyness. On the contrary, we need to take advantage of the opportunity of meeting people during the occasion. I recommend you use Easter Gospel Tracts to share the message, and here are a few of the great tracts that you can use:

Easter Gospel Tracts

Easter Gospel Tracts

Image from crossway.org

  1. “He Arose” by Clyde Dennis

This is a classic tract that is simple and straightforward yet very sincere in delivering the Gospel. It begins by telling the Easter story – from Jesus’ death to the resurrection. Then, using Biblical passages, it explains the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection and what it should mean to every person.

The tract is available here.

Easter Gospel tracts

Image from crossway.org

  1. “The Hope of Easter”

Like the first tract, this Easter Gospel tract also tells the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection and explains what it means. However, it gives more focus to what we need to do in response. Do you accept or reject the truth? What is your decision?

The tract is available here.

Easter Gospel tracts

Image from tractleague,com

  1. “Six Little Words”

Reading the title of this tract alone piques anyone’s curiosity to know what these “six little words” are and why they are so important. Simply put, these are the six little words: Jesus lived. Jesus died. Jesus lives! The message inside the tract explains the relevance of these words.

The tract is available here.

Easter Gospel tracts

Image from crossway.org

  1. “What if there was no Resurrection?” by Dr. Charles Stanley

Yet another Easter Gospel tract that poses an interesting question is this tract. Have you ever asked yourself what would have happened if Jesus did not rise from the dead? Aside from addressing this question, this tract focuses on the truth about the Resurrection and challenges the reader to make a decision.

The tract is available here.

Easter Gospel tracts

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  1. “What does the Cross really mean?” by Memory Cross

Finally, here in Memory Cross, we have a Gospel tract that delivers the message through a unique premise, which is by answering a simple question that many unbelievers and even believers may ask: What does the Cross really mean? By answering this question, the tract aims to give light to Jesus’ sacrifice, triumph, and what it means for us.

The tract is available here.

 

What are you planning to do on Easter? We hope sharing the Gospel is one of them!

Written by Marie Angeli Laxa.

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About:  I am a writer, an essay instructor, and a work-at-home mother.  Most importantly, I am a woman who strives to follow Jesus and honor Him in everything I do. I am a sinner, and I make mistakes, and my salvation lies in Him.  My thoughts on life can be found on my blog:  Little pieces of Happy.

Easter Symbols and What They Stand For

What comes to your mind whenever you hear the word, Easter? Christian Easter Symbols

A number will say Jesus and his resurrection, while most will probably think first of the symbols that are associated with Easter. What are these Easter symbols? Off the top of my head, I can think of Easter eggs and an adorable Easter bunny. Did you know that there are more Easter symbols other than this popular duo? Let’s take a look at several more Easter symbols:

Easter Bunny

But let’s begin with the popular ones. The Easter Bunny is one of the most popular Easter symbols; however, its origin is not very clear. Some say that the bunny or the rabbit symbolizes new life, and that it was brought by German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania (History.com). Because of what it symbolizes, it was later on adapted into the traditions we know today.

Easter Eggs

Much like the Easter bunny, Easter eggs are also used as a symbol for new life. Aside from the eggs themselves, traditions also include activities involving Easter eggs like egg painting and egg rolling. According to History.com, the tradition of decorating Easter eggs dates back to the 13th century.

Now, here are more symbols that hold better Biblical relevance:

Butterflies

The butterfly is not only a symbol for eternal life but also pretty much a metaphor to describe Jesus’ death and resurrection. Like Jesus, the caterpillar encases itself in a cocoon, which seems like a tomb. Also like Jesus, the caterpillar “resurrects” from the dead and takes on its true form: the butterfly.

Lamb

The lamb, similar to the butterfly, symbolizes Jesus and the act of sacrifice that He made in order to save humanity. The lamb portrays innocence and also purity, which are both characteristics of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist also referred to Jesus as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

Chicken

The chicken or the rooster is a common Christian symbol used in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands. The rooster stands for the time when Peter denied Jesus three times. Today, it serves as a reminder of the fact that Jesus knew what would happen next and that Jesus is Lord.

Flowers

Flowers, especially lilies, are also used as Easter symbols because they symbolize purity, which, I believe, refers to the purity of Jesus when he died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins.

Cross

Finally, we have the cross. The cross stands not only for Jesus’ death but also his resurrection. In meaning, the cross is also the Easter symbol that symbolizes Jesus’ sacrifice and the ultimate redemption and salvation of everyone who believes in him. Also, the cross symbolizes Jesus’ triumph and God’s unfailing love and mercy.

If you are looking for resources for Easter be sure to see what is available at Memory Cross.  We have a variety of origami cards that help children understand the meaning of Easter.

Do you know more Easter symbols not in this list? Feel free to share!

IMG_20150225_153954About:  I am a writer, an essay instructor, and a work-at-home mother.  Most importantly, I am a woman who strives to follow Jesus and honor Him in everything I do. I am a sinner, and I make mistakes, and my salvation lies in Him.  My thoughts on life can be found on my blog:  Little pieces of Happy

Easter Sunday School Lessons

During the past several days, we talked about different crafts and activities we can do for Easter at home or in Sunday school. But, like I always said, the most important thing is to make sure that children truly understand the message of Easter.Easter Sunday School Lessons

With this said, probably the most important part of our activities should be the lessons, so I scoured the internet for some great Easter Sunday School lessons we all can use. I divided the lessons into age groups so that you wouldn’t have problems looking for appropriate ones for your student group! Here they are:

Easter Sunday School Lessons for Toddlers to Young Preschoolers

  1. “Friday Was Sad, But Sunday Was Glad” – This lesson is ideal for very young Sunday schoolers, but there is also an option if there are older children in your class. The main objective of this lesson is to teach children that while Jesus dying on the cross can be sad, we should all be glad because, in the end, he won over death!
  2. “The Empty Tomb” – The focus of this lesson is, first, the tomb and what it means, and, second, what the empty tomb Also included are instructions for an empty tomb craft.
  3. “He is Alive” – This lesson takes the message of Jesus’ resurrection one step further by teaching the children that because Jesus conquered death and lived again, now, we can have a new life in him!

Easter Sunday School Lessons for Older Preschoolers to Young Graders

  1. “The Empty Tomb” Easter Skit – Aside from doing crafts and art activities, another way to encourage interaction in a class is making skits. Here’s a skit fit for young graders that focus on following Mary Magdalene during the first Easter morning.
  2. “Jesus is Alive” – Here’s a complete Easter Sunday school lesson plan including story-time, discussion, and crafting that aims to teach children that Easter means Good News for every Christian.
  3. “Jesus Loves You” – This lesson can be used for young preschoolers up to young graders, but the poster suggests simplifying the concept of “unconditional love” for the younger audience.

Easter Sunday School Lessons for Older Graders to Middle Schoolers

  1. “Jesus is Raised from the Dead” – Studying this Easter Sunday school lesson plan, I believe this can serve as a good introduction in teaching young apologists the Biblical truths to answer some common questions and clarifications about the Resurrection.
  2. Jesus’ Burial and Resurrection – Here’s another skit, and this time, the focus is on recreating how Jesus was buried and how he rose from the dead. A set of questions is provided, which will help the students study and understand Easter.
  3. Human Easter Egg Activity – If you think Easter eggs are just for kids, this lesson may prove you wrong. However, instead of eggs, the participants are the students, and instead of painting for fun, painting symbolizes how Jesus died for us who are full of sin.

Easter Sunday School Lessons for the Youth

  1. “Why Does the Resurrection Matter?” – At this age, young people are bound to ask questions, which may include questions about the Resurrection. This is also a good apologia material because it aims to convince students that the Resurrection was a literal and historical event.
  2. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ – In continuation of the lesson above, this still aims to convince the readers that the Resurrection was a real event, but this time, students are also encouraged to share the evidence with other people.
  3. Best Story Ever” Video Lesson – The message of Easter often becomes more compelling for young people through the testimonies of other people. After viewing the video, students are also encouraged to discuss the message of Easter to learn from each other.

 

I hope I was able to help you prepare for your Easter Sunday school lessons. Do you have more ideas? Feel free to share!  Memory Cross has a number of resources for Easter.  Take a moment and check them out.

IMG_20150225_153954About:  I am a writer, an essay instructor, and a work-at-home mother.  Most importantly, I am a woman who strives to follow Jesus and honor Him in everything I do. I am a sinner, and I make mistakes, and my salvation lies in Him.  My thoughts on life can be found on my blog:  Little pieces of Happy

5 Easy Easter Egg Coloring Pages

If you ask a child what his favorite part of Easter is, chances are he will say candies and Easter eggs! And I don’t think there’s a problem with that. Children should view Easter as a joyous holiday because it is the celebration of Jesus’ victory over death, right?

At the same time, Easter eggs can be used to teach children the story of Easter through activities like Easter egg coloring pages. For example, while children color these pages, you can tell them how the egg symbolizes new life, which can be Jesus’ resurrection or our new lives in Christ. The possibilities are endless! To get you started, here are some nice Easter egg coloring pages that you can use with your kids:

Easter Egg Coloring Pages

1. Easy Easter Eggs from First Palette

Easter Egg Coloring Pages

First Palette Easter Egg Coloring Page

My preschooler cannot color within the lines yet, but I wouldn’t want him to miss out on all the fun of coloring Easter eggs! Gladly, there are websites like First Palette that offer free Easter egg coloring pages that are very simple to color. These are perfect for little children!

2. Free Easter Egg Pages from Crayola

Easter egg coloring pages

Crayola Easter Egg Coloring Page

Crayola is one of our go-to websites when looking for coloring pages, which include Easter egg coloring pages. The design they have now is quite complicated, so for younger children, this may be a little difficult. They can color the page in groups, though!

3. Easter Coloring Pages from Coloring Castle

Easter Egg Coloring Pages

Coloring Castle Easter Egg Coloring Page

Coloring Castle has a variety of Easter egg designs ranging from simple ones to more ornate patterns. I’m sure you can find a design that can fit your child! There are also Easter egg designs that are Christian-themed all the better to aid you in your teaching.

4. Easter Egg Pages from Free Fun Easter

Easter Egg Coloring Pages

Free Fun Easter Egg Coloring Page

A smorgasbord of Christian-themed Easter coloring pages, but they also have adorable Easter egg designs that many children will surely love. I have a bonus tip for you: the design above with the smiling eggs painted with different patterns can stand for how Jesus died for people of all races!

5. Easter Egg Coloring Pages from Coloring-Page

Easter Egg coloring pages

Coloring-Page Easter Egg Coloring Page

If you’re looking for more challenging artwork to color, for example, for an older child, this is the website that I recommend. Aside from Easter eggs, there are several other designs including bunnies and ducks and even an Easter party invitation.

 

There are a lot of Easter egg coloring pages you can find if you search online, but these coloring pages are a good start because they are simple but fun to color. Again, I recommend that aside from only letting children color these coloring pages, also tell them the real Easter story. Make sure they understand that Easter is not only about eggs and candies but also about how Jesus came to earth, died on the cross, and rose from the dead to redeem us all.

Now, shall we get started with the Easter coloring activities?

 

Written by Marie Angeli Laxa.

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About:  I am a writer, an essay instructor, and a work-at-home mother.  Most importantly, I am a woman who strives to follow Jesus and honor Him in everything I do. I am a sinner, and I make mistakes, and my salvation lies in Him.  My thoughts on life can be found on my blog:  Little pieces of Happy

Easter Crafts for Sunday School

Do you use crafts to teach?

Using crafts to teach lessons is effective because making them allows children to use their hands. The lesson, then, becomes ingrained in their minds. It is also undeniable that making crafts is much more enjoyable than a lecture, and the result are artworks that are lovely to look at!Easter Crafts for Sunday School

The same applies to teaching children the Christian way, which includes teaching them the Easter story. Easter Crafts are effective in teaching children the meaning of Easter not only at home but also in church, particularly in Sunday school! I believe children will better understand the lesson and enjoy it at the same time if you involve making crafts. When choosing crafts, Pinterest is one of my favorite go-to sites, and here are some of my favorite Easter crafts for Sunday school:

Best Easter Crafts for Sunday School

  1. Treasure Tomb

This first craft is not only simple to do but also sweet – literally and figuratively. First, you need common materials like a Bible, disposable plates, brown paper lunch bags, card stock, and individually-wrapped candies. The entire point is to make empty tombs out of these materials. The tombs need to have one hole each, and one candy will be placed inside each tomb. After these are done, the class is expected to read aloud Mark 16:1-6. The message? Inside the empty tomb is a sweet surprise!

Know the rest of the materials and procedures here.

  1. Egg Breaking Ice Breaker

This craft is a double-edged sword: aside from teaching children about Easter, this also urges them to get to know and interact with each other. All you need are sticky notes, pencils, plastic eggs, and a basket. Children will write down something about what they’re wearing on their sticky notes, place them in eggs, and place them in a basket. Have each child pick out an egg and guess the person who wrote the note. If the guess is correct, the child who wrote the note will stand up and introduce himself. Music will also make the activity more fun!

Read more about this activity here.

  1. Tomb and Boulder Craft

This craft, while very pretty, can be complicated to make, so I suggest that it should be made by older Sunday school students. It does entail measuring, pattern-making, and stitching, so much supervision is needed. The finished product features a cross and a covered tomb on Good Friday and, when Easter comes, the tomb is uncovered to announce the Good News! This is beautiful artwork and deserves to be kept to be used every year.

Know the rest of the materials and procedures here.

  1. Easter Story in an Egg

Stores will be selling a lot of eggs before Easter, both real and plastic, and children are bound to expect to have them. Did you know these eggs can be used to tell the Easter story? You will need some art materials, but the most important ones are the egg cartons and the plastic eggs. What you need to do is place specific materials and messages in each egg. The blogger suggests opening one egg on each day leading to Easter, but I think this can also be done in one sitting with one child opening one egg each. What’s important is telling the Easter story using these eggs!

Know the rest of the materials and procedures here.

  1. Stained Glass Cross Craft

This is a craft that produces a piece of artwork that deserves to be displayed every day. It is also very simple to make! What you need are colored tissue, wax paper, Popsicle sticks, a cross template, and art materials. It just entails tearing up the tissue paper, gluing them onto wax paper, and folding the wax paper to enclose the colored tissue papers. The result is lovely and gets the children thinking about Jesus and the Cross!

Know the rest of the materials and procedures here.

  1. Flower and Dye Experiment

My son is into science, so, as much as possible, I try to look for activities that also involve science experiments. It’s a great thing that a number of Easter craft ideas also incorporate science, and here’s my favorite. Basically, all you need to do are a white carnation, a glass or vase with water, and red food coloring. Add drops of food coloring to the water and wait until the flower takes on shades of red. The flower stands for Jesus and his purity while the coloring stands for our sins.

Read more about this activity here.

7. Memory Cross origami coloring cards

Each Memory Cross card consists of four panels that make an endless loop.  Cards are available that tell about Palm Sunday, Easter, Holy Week along with a number of others.  They are a creative way to help children learn the Easter story and can be used with Children’s church, Sunday School and Easter Egg Hunts.

Learn more about Memory Cross cards buy clicking here.

There you have it – brilliant crafts and art activities to teach children the true meaning of Easter that you can use for Sunday school. I’m sure these would help them truly understand and commit to heart the message of Easter. Do you know more Easter crafts for Sunday school? We’d love to hear them!

Written by Marie Angeli Laxa.

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About:  I am a writer, an essay instructor, and a work-at-home mother.  Most importantly, I am a woman who strives to follow Jesus and honor Him in everything I do. I am a sinner, and I make mistakes, and my salvation lies in Him.  My thoughts on life can be found on my blog:  Little pieces of Happy.

Easter Coloring Pages

I haven’t met any child yet who doesn’t look coloring books. If anything, crayons and coloring books are a surefire way to make a child sit still and be busy.  Since Easter is also soon approaching, I Easter Coloring Pagesfigured it’s best to buy coloring books about Easter because they are a good way to teach them about the holiday.

However, in a pinch and if you don’t want to be carrying an entire book when you’re out and about, I suggest you look for Easter coloring pages instead.  All you have to do is search for one, print it out, and give it to your child. Oh, and prepare to answer questions about Easter, too!

I was also searching for good Easter coloring pages for my son, and I listed some great websites here, so feel free to look around:

  • Crayola Easter Coloring Pages

What I love about the coloring pages of Crayola is that it features a variety of Easter images including the usual Easter eggs and rabbits and the more meaningful palm leaves and Jesus’ cross. I think this helps parents teach their children the meaning of Easter more easily!

Visit the coloring pages here.

  • Easter-Coloring

Similar to Crayola, this website also features images portraying different Easter themes. The images are divided into categories, which makes searching for your preferred images much easier. These include a category devoted to coloring pages for preschoolers and a category that contains Christian-themed Easter coloring pages.

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  • Twisty Noodle

There are a lot of coloring pages here, and I mean a lot!  There are four pages of images which you can choose from, and there is a wide variety of images from chicks and eggs to angels and Jesus’ empty tomb. The feature that I love the best is how you can customize the page; for example, you can change the font of the words included in your coloring page.

Visit the coloring pages at Twisty Noodle.

  • Ministry-to-Children

The coloring pages in this website are a good fit for older children, and these are great for Sunday school classes! This is because the individual coloring pages tell the story of Easter, phase by phase. For example, one portrays an empty tomb, while one contains an image of a risen Christ. There is even a coloring page telling children about Doubting Thomas!

Ministry to Children coloring pages can be reached by clicking this link.

  • Free Images Coloring Design

Finally, for the child who prefers realistic images and more challenging designs to color, I suggest you check out this page. It contains a number of Biblical images, both literal and symbolic, which will help older children understand what truly happened when Jesus came to the world. Of course, nothing should keep you from using these pages with younger children; just be sure they won’t get frustrated with the difficult Easter coloring pages!

Visit the coloring pages here.

It pays to look through every option available in teaching children the real meaning of Easter. It’s amazing to know that even crayons and coloring pages can be used in order to help children understand God’s great plan of salvation and Jesus’ ultimate triumph. Have you already chosen your preferred Easter coloring pages?

Memory Cross has a number of Easter coloring pages available.  Each card consists of four panels that make a never ending loop.  The origami design captures the attention of children while helping them understand what Easter is really about.  There are a number of cards available and they can be use with your own kids at church during an Easter egg hunt, Children’s Church or Sunday School.  Here is a list of the cards and a link to each page:

The video below shows how every Memory Cross card folds.  If you have other Easter Coloring Pages that you would like to share add them to the comment box below.