Easter is a time to celebrate Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It is the event that seals our destiny in heaven and helps us experience unbelievable grace and love on earth. We celebrate this holiday in spring as a time of renewal in our lives as the time rolls forward giving us more daylight hours to enjoy the sunshine.
Spring is also a time for new life as trees bud and blossom into leaves of shade and flowers that open and add fragrance to the air. New life is shared and brought forth just like a Christ-follower’s life is recommitted through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Many celebrate with bunnies, baskets, and candy, so here are four family Easter activities that combine the story of Jesus and Easter fun that will teach children about the resurrection in ways they can understand and engage in the story.
1. Bake resurrection rolls.
Making resurrection rolls is a great way to tell the story of the empty grave. While doing this activity with your children, you can find the story of Jesus’ empty tomb in the following Bible passages:
- 16 large marshmallows
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 2 (8-oz.) cans crescent roll dough
- Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Unroll crescent roll dough, and separate each roll along perforations.
- Roll marshmallows in melted butter and then in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place one coated marshmallow in the middle of an unrolled crescent dough segment, and roll the marshmallow until completely covered by the dough, pushing in sides as you go. Pinch seams on either end to seal each roll.
- Place rolls on a jellyroll pan, and bake at 350˚ for about 12 minutes.
- Immediately after removing the rolls from the oven, brush with remaining melted butter and then sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve warm.
2. Make “Life of Jesus” bracelets.
“Life of Jesus” bracelets tell the story of the important events in the life of Jesus Christ using beads and charms of various colors and shapes. Each part of the bracelet symbolizes Jesus’ story.
Before making the bracelet, you and your family can read a poem about the life of Jesus. It can help you understand the significance of the craft you are making and help remind us why we celebrate His life, death, and resurrection every year.
- 1 star bead (represents the star that guided the wise men)
- 3 silver beads (represents the wise men)
- 1 crystal bead (represents the birth of Jesus)
- 1 wooden or brown bead (represents becoming a carpenter)
- 1 fish or blue bead (represents being a fisher of men)
- 12 thin beads (represents the apostles)
- 1 multicolored bead (represents the world of Christ)
- 1 black bead (represents the dark day of Jesus’ death)
- 1 cross bead (represents the crucifixion)
- 1 red bead (represents Jesus’ bloodshed)
- 1 clear bead (represents our salvation)
- 1 dove or white bead (represents grace)
- 1 bead stringing wire (7 strand .018 in)
- String the beads on the cord for bracelets.
- Tell the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection using the bracelet.
3. Create a craft with the “Jelly Bean Prayer.”
Eggs are symbols of spring and new life, so candy-makers began making chocolate eggs and other candies that followed the same pattern such as jellybeans.
A way to combine jellybeans and the story of Jesus is using the “Jelly Bean Prayer.”
- Construction paper
- 1 bag of jelly beans
- Write the “Jelly Bean Prayer” in the middle of the construction paper.
- Draw a flower or rainbow on the construction paper. The rainbow could go around the prayer, and the flower could simply go on one of the sides. Or make it your own by drawing other Easter symbols of hope on the paper.
- Glue jellybeans around the prayer on the construction paper.
- Read the prayer together and talk about its importance to the story of Easter.
4. Make “Forgiveness in Jesus” snacks.
A fun way to teach your children about the Easter story is to have them make an edible treat to represent how Jesus died on the cross to forgive the sins of all the people in the world. This delicious treat will teach them about the significance of the cross and Easter and about the meaning of forgiveness and salvation.
- 1 box of cinnamon or plain graham crackers
- 1 container of white frosting
- 1 package of red licorice (Twizzlers or Red Vines)
- 1 bag of M&M’s
- Spread the frosting all over the graham cracker.
- Make a cross using the licorice candy by pushing it into the frosting.
- Decorate the craft by sticking M&M’s into the frosting around the cross.
After decorating your craft, talk to your children about Easter. Explain Easter is a celebration of Jesus as we remember the day He gave up His life on the cross to allow us to be forgiven. Talk about how Jesus rose from the grave and is now sitting at the right hand of God. We can experience forgiveness and grace that He offers freely when we say sorry for the things we do wrong. Talk about how the M&M’s are like the children of the world that Jesus forgives. Be sure to put a lot of M&M’s because Jesus loves all children all over the world.
As you participate in these four family Easter activities, take the opportunity to go deeper into Scripture with your children. Based on their ages, read about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection in one of these Bible passages.
This Easter season, stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page to find out more ways for you and your family to have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime. Come celebrate Easter at Chase Oaks and be inspired by the most powerful act of love that showed up in the most unexpected way.