Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Teaching the Easter Story.

He's alive! The message of Easter is the most important, amazing message we could ever teach our children. Jesus died on the cross, but he is not dead anymore... he lives. Because of the resurrection, we can now live in freedom as the redeemed children of God, as over-comers with Christ of even death itself. We can teach our children that Jesus now lives in a very specific place, Heaven, with His father. And that He is praying for us right now. Try to teach this message without joy, excitement, and tears.

Here's what I used today to start teaching the Resurrection to my 3 year old (all free resources). I first showed her this brief animated video above of the Easter story by Zonderkidz, designed and appropriate for young children (no scary, bloody scenes). Then, after discussing the resurrection a little bit more, Anna and I made this "The Angel Rolled the Stone Away" craft together (with a few modifications, like finding and using a real stone from outside). We also colored this coloring page with poem of Jesus and the empty tomb.
Finding a stone outside for the tomb.
Tomb constructed (we used black and brown construction paper taped together).
Our pink angel, per Anna's request... and I just so happened to have an angel stamp!
The completed tomb with angel inside and stone (didn't quite cover the entryway, but oh well).
Rolling the stone away...
The angel is inside!

Coloring together.

"And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen." 
Luke 24:2-6a

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