The Jesus Book by Stephen Elkins
The following pages help a child better understand the death and resurrection of Christ.
pages 32-33 - He went to the cross.
page 59 - When was Jesus raised from the dead? (turn back to pages 50-53 to view a Bible time line)
page 74 - Where did Jesus die on a cross?
page 86 - Why did Jesus die on a cross for me?
Buck Denver Asks: What's in the Bible? Volume Ten - Jesus is the Good News!
While geared toward elementary-aged children, this video explains the Easter story better than I have ever seen.
Adventures in Odyssey: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes
Also geared toward elementary-aged children, the episode "The Imagination Station, Part 1 and 2" takes a character named Digger back in time to Jesus' death and resurrection. He is immersed into the historical happenings and even becomes a voice in the crowd. Being in the situation, Digger forgets the outcome of the events and fights to protect Jesus from an unfair fate. He joins the disciples and followers of Jesus as they fear for Jesus' life. In the end, Digger sees through the Easter story the sacrifice and love Jesus has for each one of us.
Matthew 28:6 - He is risen as He said.
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb
He is risen as He said
As He said, as He said
He is risen as He said
Luke 24:6a He is not here; he has risen!
Cross and Heart Painting
Using the template, cut around the cross. Tape the back of the cross to a white piece of paper. Using a piece of sponge, stamp around the cross covering the entire piece of paper. Careful pull up the cross. Let dry. Cut out the inside of the heart. Tape the underside of the heart on top of the cross. Place a few dots of red paint inside the heart. Lay a piece of string in the dots of paint and drag around to cover the heart. Careful pull up the heart. Let dry.
Experience an empty tomb with a crescent roll and a marshmallow.
Caterpillar to Butterfly Illustration
I have always been awed by the symbolism of the caterpillar turning into a butterfly and Jesus being in the tomb and rising again. Discover several fun butterfly activities, illustrations, and crafts.
Interactive Bible Story
Discover ideas from the age-appropriate, Interactive Bible scripts available in the Old and New Testament Curriculum, 2 Year Interactive Bible Stories, 3 Year Interactive Bible Stories, and 4 Year Interactive Bible Stories
Explain that the story of Jesus' death is very sad. But we don't have to stay sad because the best part is coming. Explain that Jesus died for our sins; for the bad choices that we make. Even though the flannelgraph contains the images, I discourage showing preschoolers Jesus on a cross.
Why did Jesus have to die?
We have all sinned (Romans 3:23), deserve the consequences for our sin (Romans 6:23), and need a Savior (Matthew 1:21). God loved us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to rescue us from our sins and to pay the penalty of death we all deserve. Romans 5:8 states, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Read more...