A fun introduction activity about the Easter story
You can use this idea as the children are arriving, before the programme has started.
This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 24: 1 - 12.
This introduction activity will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.
What do you need:
- hardboiled eggs - felt pens
What do you do:
Do: Give each child an egg to decorate as they arrive.
Once everyone is there, you can either eat the eggs together or you can give them another boiled egg to eat and they can take the decorated ones home.
Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion with the children about the Bible story.
A robot falls in love with a doll. They even get married, but one day the doll can’t do anything anymore. Her batteries are empty. As the doll comes back to life, we see the robot sitting lifelessly next to her. He has given her his batteries so that she can come back to life.
This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23:26-56.
This video will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.
Why is this film applicable to the story of the crucifixion of Jesus?
In our story today Jesus gives his life for us. He died so that we can live again.
It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself: - do I want to show this to the children? - does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?
If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following three steps:
Step 1: Test the battery
What do you need:
- a battery tester - new and old batteries.
What do you do:
Do: Give each of the children a battery
Ask: How do you know if the battery has any energy?
Tell: You could put the battery into a clock to see if it will work, or you could test the battery with a battery tester.
Do: The children can take it in turns to test their battery. Is it empty, half empty or completely full?
Tell: You can’t tell just by looking if a battery is empty. Today we’re going to watch a video in which empty batteries play an important part, and are also part of the Easter story. Shall we watch?
Step 2: Watch Toy love story:
Step 3: The Easter battery
What do you need:
- two torches
What do you do:
Ask: What does this video have to do with Easter, do you think?
Tell: Just as the robot gave his life to the doll he was married to, Jesus gave his life for us. The example of the batteries is a lovely one.
Do: Show the children a torch that works because its batteries are full, and a torch whose batteries are empty. Take the batteries out of the working torch and put them in the torch that was empty.
Tell: This is just like Jesus. He knows that our batteries are empty and gives his own life giving energy to us, so that we can shine again.
Ask: - What are the empty batteries in our lives? - How come our batteries are empty? - What sort of light to Jesus’s batteries give?
Download the PFD booklet with eleven great ideas on this Bible story
Are you looking for a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 22: 39 – 71 - Jesus being betrayed bj Judas, deserted by his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane and disowned by Peter?
This Easter lesson will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.
We understand that these eleven ideas are way too many to fit into just one Sunday school lesson, but we want to give you the opportunity to pick and mix, so that you can choose the ideas that fit with you and with your group of children.
Here are the following eleven ideas for your Sunday school lesson for you to choose from:
* Alone in the world - a children’s moment * Egg bowling - an icebreaker * How do I tell the this Bible story? - four storytelling tips * The early hatchling gets the worm - YouTube video and discussion * Pencils through a plastic bag - a fun science experiment * In the garden of Gethsemane - a creative activity * Friends make wrong choices - a creative activity * What does Easter mean to us? - a creative activity * Watch and pray... - a Bible game * Go on, guess who it is? - a Bible game * Father, forgive them… - a creative prayer idea
A demonstration on how God's love and forgiveness flowed through the cross into our lives.
With this easy-to-do object lesson you can demonstrate to the children, young people and adults in your church how God's love and forgiveness flowed through Jesus death on the cross into our lives!
We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel. Here is another of his great, short video's on easy-to-do science experiments.
I love this simple, but powerful object lesson about Easter. It is just a short video, but once you’ve seen it, you can use it to teach kids and adults on the meaning of Easter. It is a wonderful demonstration of how the Father showed His love for us in the cross of His Son. You can use this easy to do object lesson to illustrate how Gods love and forgiveness flowed through the cross into our lives! A great way to explain the Gospel with just the use of a piece of cotton string and two glasses. You have to watch this...
What do you need?
- Two glasses - Water (with added food coloring) - Absorbent cotton string (needs to be thicker than thread).
What do you do?
- Cut a 2 foot long segment of cotton string - Soak the string in clear water until it is soaked through - Fill up one cup to about half way with the colored water - Put one end of the string into the cup with water and hold the other end above the empty cup - Hold the cup with water in it, using your finger to keep the string in place at the rim of the glass. - Pour the water slowly along the string. - Be aware that some water will spill, so you may have to clean up afterwards.
With the help of a secular YouTube film and a creative activity you can explore Jesus’ sacrificial love.
This YouTube film shows the story of a paper creature that is attacked by a pair of scissors. Rock sees what is happening and he attacks Scissors out of compassion for Paper. Rock wins from Scissors but gets wounded. Rock carries Paper to a safe place, but because in the game Paper always beats Rock, he starts to crumble even as he is carrying her to safety. He therefore demonstrates sacrificial love.
It’s easy to find a link between this story and the incident when Jesus touches the leper and makes him promise not to tell anyone. The leper does tell everyone that Jesus touched and healed him. It has been centuries since anyone healed a leper – back in the time of the prophet Elisha, when general Naaman was healed. If Jesus can heal even a leper, surely he can help anyone! As Jesus had expected, large crowds came to see him – so large that he was no longer able to go into the villages and towns. His compassion for the man with leprosy, and the fact that the man was too excited to keep it to himself meant that Jesus was forced to retreat to more remote places. Jesus experienced a degree of suffering because of his compassion for this man.
Of course you can also use this video to teach on Jesus' death on the cross and his resurrection!
Jesus healing the leper, sacrificial love, Jesus' death and resurrection
It’s important to watch the video yourself first and to decide if you want to show it to the children? Does it fit within your context and the age of the children?
What do you do:
Step 1: Have the children play the game ‘Rock, paper, scissors’. You could play it for a few minutes and have them change partners half way through.
If you don’t know the game, you can watch this link.
Step 2: Watch the video together, and possible one more time after completing step 3.
- rock - scissors - paper - the illness leprosy - Jesus - the ill man
1. Print the six images out and show them to the children 2. Ask the children to make three pairs of the images – which ones belong together? 3. Who represents Jesus in the video? (the rock) – why do you agree or not agree? 4. Who represents the ill man? (the paper) – why do you agree or not agree? 5. Who represents the illness? (the scissors) – why do you agree or not agree?
You can create a magical moment by bringing a stick figure to life.
This is ideal for when you do a talk about:
Easter As a visual demonstration of the resurrection of Jesus!
Creation Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2: 7)
The raising of Lazarus Rrecounted in the Gospel of John (John 11:1-44), a miracle of Jesus in which Jesus brings Lazarus of Bethany back to life four days after his burial.
The raising of the son of the widow of Nain Recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus arrived at the village of Nain during the burial ceremony of the son of a widow, and raised the young man from the dead. (Luke 7:11–17)
Being alive in Christ But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5)
Watch the two video's below to discover how you use this great object lesson!
Fun crafts idea
Of course you can also use it as a fun crafts idea, as shown in the video below!
How does it work?
As you can see in the videa all you need is a whiteboard marker and a flat, shiny surface. Use a whiteboard marker to draw a stick figure on a flat, shiny surface and drop a little water on it. Then you'll see the drawing slowly lift off the surface and become one with the watery bubble.
This is because the ink in a whiteboard marker, unlike a permanent marker, includes an oily silicone substance. Because oil sits on top of water so does this ink, which will also move as the puddle moves. By gently blowing on the puddle the stick figure will swish and dance around according to which way you blow on it.
The final product may look like an intricate optical illusion, but the stick figure comes to life thanks to only a whiteboard marker, some water and a shiny surface.
The resurrection of Christ, raising of Lazarus, the resurrecrtion of Lazarus, the raising of the widow's son, creation of mankind, being made alive in Christ
"Barabbas was listening hard. The crowd went quiet and he could hear a man's voice speaking. The next thing he heard was a great shout "BARABBAS, BARABBAS, WE WANT BARABBAS!" (Get the children to shout it out, really loudly). "Wonderful!" thought Barabbas. "It must be my mates, come to get me out of prison!" He began to feel much more cheerful. But then the crowd went quiet again, and again the man spoke. He couldn't hear Pilate's words, but Pilate was asking "What do you want me to do with Jesus?"
The gospel, Jesus dying for our sins, Jesus dying in our place, to live for Christ
An easy to tell Bible story
We at Creative Kidswork want to make storytelling as easy as possible for you. That’s why we provide you with tons of easy to tell Bible stories. You can read this story aloud or tell it in your own way.
This Bible story was (re-)written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) for a school assembly, but you can use it at home, within a church service, Sunday school setting or anywhere you like
On the floor in the middle of the prayer room there is a very large candle. Next to it there’s a notice that explains that this candle is going to be used in the services in the coming year, as a symbol of Jesus’ presence. We do this to remind ourselves that Jesus is the Light of the world and that He is always with us. Next to the candle are sheets of coloured candle wax. Children and adults can use this to decorate the candle, so that it will really become ‘their’ candle in the coming year.
What do you need:
- a very large candle - sheets of coloured (candle) wax - a pair of scissors
Creative prayer, burning a candle, Christmas, Easter, light of the world
Create an unforgettable experiment for your Sunday school class
Did you know that you can create the most beautiful colour effects, even a rainbow, in a bowl of milk? The only things you need for this is a bowl of milk, different colours of food colouring (liquid) and a drop of washing up liquid.
This is not just a really fun craft, it is also a cool science experiment that will appeal to both the girls and the boys in your Sunday school class or your children’s ministry.
You can combine this experiment with several Bible stories or Christian themes:
The story of creation - creating something that is beautiful (Genesis 1) The story of Noah and the rainbow – creating a rainbow in the milk (Genesis 9:8-17) The story of the Bethlehem star – creating a star in the milk (Matthew 2: 1-12)| The theme of light conquering darkness – this works really well if you use lots of dark colours in the milk. The theme of the cross – maybe it is an accident, but most of the effects in the video below change into a cross.
In this creative task the children are going to decorate a cross. This is a follow-up of writing and drawing prayers on the cross (see idea 4).
Light of the world, the death and resurrection of Jesus.
This idea can be used for:
- Creative prayer or interactive moments during a service - Prayer rooms - Teaching concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
A big wooden cross is lying on the ground. In small groups the children get a few minutes to decorate part of the cross. Every child can glue beads to the cross, paint on the cross, or find another creative way of expressing what Jesus’ cross means for him or her. Within the preparation of this creative task around 50 holes have been drilled into the cross. After the decorating is completed fairy lights can be put through these holes. The cross can then be hung up somewhere and become a cherished memory, or be referred to within future settings.
You will need:
- A wooden cross (with holes drilled into it for fairy lights). - Glue - Beads - Paint - Fabric - Scissors