How to celebrate the Easter season with your children?

Fun activities and unique crafts that tell the true Easter message

By Bernice Gan 

Many of us look forward to Good Friday as it is a public holiday. Even as we take the day off, how do we meaningfully celebrate the Easter season with our children? Easter celebrations can begin as early as a week before, starting from Palm Sunday, to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.    

Here are some fun activities you can do with your children in the week leading to Easter Sunday to bring home the true meaning of the Easter season, where we celebrate our Risen Saviour who loved us all so much that He came to die for our sins

Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter Sunday) 

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  1. Read the Bible: Matthew 21: 1-11  
  1. Explain the gist: Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and people welcoming him by placing their cloaks on the ground for his donkey to ride on and waving tree branches while at the same time shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” 
  1. Ask a question: Why did people shout “Hosanna”? Hosanna means “Save please”! In those days, people thought Jesus had come to save them from the Roman rulers. But today we know that Jesus came to save us from our sins.   
  1. Do an activity: The Rock Cries Out”

    (i) Prepare a small rock for your child. 

    (ii) Have the child glue two googly eyes on it. 

    (iii) Cut out a rectangular piece of paper. Put some glue on one end and roll it around a toothpick. Write the word “Hosanna” on it. 

    (iv) Have the child hold out the rock and shout “Hosanna”! 
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          When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, the Pharisees did not like the people praising Jesus and asked Jesus to tell his disciples to stop. Instead Jesus told them in Luke 19: 40: if people stop praising God, the rocks will cry out instead!

          Maundy Thursday (Day before Good Friday)

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          1. Read the Bible:  John 13: 1-5, 12-15, 34-35 
          1. Explain the gist: On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’ last supper (dinner)  with his disciples before he died. He washed his disciples’ feet like a servant would do before the masters have a meal. He also gave his disciples a new mandate which is to love one another as He has loved them. Maundy is derived from the Latin word “mandatum”, meaning commandment. 
          1. Ask a question: Why did Jesus wash his disciples’ dirty feet? In those days, people wore sandals and the roads were dusty, so people’s feet got very dirty from walking around. Jesus wanted to show his disciples that even though he was their master, he could be their servant and he wanted them to serve one another like he loved and served them. 
          1. Do an activity: “I am a servant” 

            (i) Prepare a basin of water with two towels – one for washing feet and one for drying feet. Have the child sit down on a stool. Place his or her feet in the basin and wash their feet with a towel. Dry their feet with the dry towel.  

            (ii) Pour away the water, refill with clean water, and exchange positions. Have your child wash your feet. 

            (iii) This exercise can be repeated with siblings washing each other’s feet. 

              Through this activity, children can learn to serve one another. This can be followed up with children making a list of ways they can serve others in the family or even the community.  

              Good Friday

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              1. Read the Bible: Matthew 27: 32-50.  
              1. Explain the gist: Good Friday commemorates Jesus’ death on the cross. He was crucified with criminals even though he was innocent and had no sin. He died for you and me and took our sins so that we can become God’s children. 
              1. Ask a question: Why is Good Friday good when it commemorates the death of a person – Jesus? Because of the sacrifice Jesus made for us by dying for us for our sins, we are forgiven of our sins and can have a relationship with God. It’s good because it tells the good news of how much God loves us! 
              1. Do an activity: “The Bridge”
                 
                 

              (i) Place two mats or two big pieces of cardboard on the floor. Tell the children one mat is the “people mat” and the other is the “God mat”.  

              (ii) Have the children stand on the “people mat”. Bring the two mats close together so that the children can easily go back and forth between the two mats. Explain: When God created men and women, they walked closely with God.  

                (iii) Move the two mats apart with enough distance that the children cannot jump from one mat to the other. Explain: When men and women sinned, they were separated from God and there was a big gap.  

                (iv) Have the children try to jump to the “God mat” (which is too far away for them to reach). Explain: No matter what we do, we cannot reach God by ourselves.  

                  (v) Use cardboard or paper to create a cross and place it between the two mats as a “bridge”. Have the children walk on the bridge from the “people mat” to the “God mat”. Explain: God sent His son Jesus to the world. Jesus had no sin, so He took the punishment for our sin and disobedience. He became our bridge. Through Jesus, our sins are forgiven and we can have a close relationship with God again. 

                  Easter Sunday

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                    1. Read the Bible: Matthew 28: 1-10 
                    1. Explain the gist: After Jesus died, he was placed in a tomb and a very big, heavy rock was placed at the entrance of the tomb and guards were standing outside to make sure no one stole the body. On the third day after Jesus died, He rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples. His tomb was empty! 
                    1. Ask a question: Jesus died for us on the cross for us. Is he still dead today? No, He is alive today and He will be coming back one day! 
                    1. Do an activity: Now I See!” 

                      (i) Give the children a piece of white paper and a white crayon 

                      (ii) Get them to write on the paper or help them to write  “Jesus is alive” or “Jesus has risen”. Explain: When Jesus first told his disciples he would die and then rise up on the third day, they did not understand, just as the words in white cannot be seen. 

                      (iii) Fold the paper and dip it in a glass of water with a few drops of red food colouring.

                      (iv) Remove the paper after one minute and let it dry on a paper towel. Explain: The words can be seen now. After the disciples saw Jesus’ death (red ink represents the blood He shed) and resurrection, they understood Jesus’ earlier message to them.  

                    Easter is a season of faith, hope and love where we remember how much God loves us. As God’s children, let us continue to put our faith and hope in God, because Christ died, rose again and is coming back one day. 
                     
                    Wishing all parents and children a blessed Easter! 

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