I love doing something extra special in our Sunday School class to celebrate Easter. We spend several weeks talking about the Christian Easter Story of Jesus' death and resurrection and even the 3-year-olds learn on their level about what Jesus did for us. Giving them a craft or activity to take home gives them a chance to talk to Mom and Dad about the Easter story, too!
Here is my collection of my 5 favorite Easter story crafts and activities to do at church on Easter Sunday or at home as a family during the week of Easter!
Easter Bean Bag Toss Game
Print and lay out the sin cards in a cross shape. Kids take turns naming a sin they are going to try to land on. Then, they will toss the bean bag to see if the land on the correct one. (Another way to play is to give a clue about a sin like, "Toss the bean bag on what we call the sin of taking things that aren't yours.")
After the bag lands on a sin, ask, "Did Jesus die on the cross to save people from the sin of ____?" YES! Jesus came to Earth, lived a sinless life, and died on the cross for ALL of our sins.
Find the materials for this game here and read more about how to play in this post.
Stained Glass Cross Activity
I LOVE stained glass and Easter seems like the perfect time to do this activity.
This one is as simple as it looks. Color in the pieces to create the look of stained glass.
Since this printout has the Bible verse with it, I like to read and practice the Bible verse as we color. For this one, we picked a crayon and colored in pieces as we said the Bible verse. We would say the Bible verse 3 times and then change colors. The kids would color in as many pieces (neatly) as they could during that time.
This kept our stained glass cross from having only 2 or 3 colors! ...And it was a great way to memorize scripture. Even if you are the only once saying the verse and they are listening as they color...they are hearing God's Word over and over!
Grab this kindergarten printable here and read more about this Easter Sunday activity in this post.
Handprint Easter Resurrection Craft
This is one of the first Easter Sunday crafts I did years ago and it's still one of my very favorites. I'm a sucker for handprint crafts. :)
I've done one with the handprint and ordering the Bible verse. You can read more about that one at the bottom of this post.
And I've done this lots of ways over the years. I've done this printout version with a handprint and filling in Jesus' tomb with lima beans. You can read more about this one here and find the printout in this preschool Easter unit.
Crucifixion Bracelet Craft
Did you make salvation bracelets as a kid? These Easter crucifixion bracelets are very similar but in the shape of a cross.
This first grade craft is perfect for this age group (they love making jewelry at this age--even the boys!). Adding beads is great fine motor practice.
But more importantly, this is a reminder that they can wear of Jesus blood sacrifice (red beads) that washed our sins clean and white as snow (white beads). It's a fun reminder for them, and an easy tool for sharing the gospel with their friends.
This activity is included in this 1st grade Easter Story unit and you can read more details on how to make them in this blog post.
Easter Basket Retelling Craft
This is another oldie, but goodie. It's part of this early prek Easter story unit, so I go ahead and precut the baskets and sometimes the eggs depending on my kids.
We order and glue the eggs together and then they spend the rest of the time coloring the basket and eggs while I help one kid at a time hot glue easter grass to the bottom of their basket.
You can find this craft in this preschool Easter Story unit.
Easter Egg Story Devotional Activities
I love doing an Easter countdown devotional at home with our kids, but I've also used this as Easter lessons in church as well.
At home, we start 9 days before Easter and read one part of the Easter story and open up an Egg that has a clue to the story we read.
Then, we make the craft and add it to the banner (or I have premade banners you can just color).
We love having an advent devotional at Christmas time, and this pennant banner Easter countdown serves the same purpose for our family during the Easter season.
You can read about all the details in this post and find this pennant set separately here.
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