It provides a free video to do family Sunday School at home each week (including songs and activites), and follows the reading we’re doing in church.
Also check out our Children’s bulletins (links below), with coloring and activities for each week, and we have Taking Faith Home, which has readings, questions, and acitivities for the whole week. This one could work for all ages include those who are too old for crafts, etc.
Making the Easter season special this year
As we celebrate the Easter season, I wanted to offer you some ideas and activities to help make it special. With each activity, talk about how the items you’re using remind you that Jesus didn’t stay dead, but is alive!
Print out or draw an outline of a butterfly, then rip or cut sheets of paper and glue them on the butterfly like a mosaic or stained glass window.
Easter Lily Handprints
Flowers are another Easter symbol. Have children trace their widely spread hands on white paper, and then cut out their hand shapes. Have kids each cut two thin 6-inch strips of yellow construction paper and tape these to the center of their handprints.
Starting with the bottom edge of the little finger side, loosely roll the handprint to the other side. The base will form a small tube. Tape the tube so it retains its shape.
Roll each finger around a pen or pencil to curl it toward the outside. Use this process to curl the yellow paper, too. Wrap the bottom of the handprint with green construction paper to create the stem.
Eggs are a symbol of new life because baby animals hatch from eggs! Making an Easter tree is an old European custom. Mount bare branches in pots of dirt. Hollow out eggshells by poking small holes in the ends of eggs, then drain and rinse out the eggs. Children can then decorate their eggs with dyes. Have children glue ribbon to their eggs and hang them from the tree’s branches.
Kids will have fun re-creating the last supper with these “eggy” disciples. Have kids poke a hole about the size of a quarter in one end of an egg, drain the egg, and rinse it. Kids can use permanent markers to draw on the disciples’ faces. Spoon potting soil into the shell and plant grass seeds. Set the disciples in the bottom half of an egg carton, moisten the soil, and cover with plastic wrap. Water the eggs daily. The “hair” will grow in about a week.
Empty Tomb Rolls
Make empty tomb rolls, which are essentially rolls with a marshmallow in the center, which is absorbed when you bake it; kids will be surprised to find the marshmallow they put in the center is no longer there, just like Jesus is not longer in the tomb! Recipe here: https://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/empty-tomb-rolls/
If you’re lacking in ingredients, you could probably get creative and back a marshmallow inside of something else, with the same effect!
Consider making an Allelluia Banner, to put out front of your house! You can find one that’s already been created for you, complete with instructions, that just needs to be colored (it is quite a few sheets big, so this could be activity for the whole week—color one page a day!). Remember, we’ll be in the Easter season for a while, so it’s ok (and helps continue the Easter spirit) if you have Easter things up for a while! Find the Poster here: https://www.illustratedministry.com/products/posters/
Consider what you’d like in your worship space to make it extra special. Could you decorate a cross or butterflies for your home worship space this week? Add some flowers? Get creative together in thinking about what makes the space feel special, and check out the article I wrote about this—here’s a link.
If you are looking for more, you can browse these websites; many of them also have weekly emails they send out with additional resources, which is how we find much of our material!