He is risen: Mary at Jesus’ tomb: John 20:1-18

Hooray Jesus is alive.

How do we show our excitement? Why not cheer? Yes. I was on my high school cheerleading team…and I did learn things that I’ve used later in life, like how to get 4 year olds to do a dance in sync with others for a Christmas play, but that is neither here nor there.

I made a template for the megaphone by googling “megaphone template” that didn’t get me too cars o I just googled ” party hat template” so much better. I printed one out, drew a handle on it and cut it out. There you go. Your own template! In addition to using the megaphone to shout that Jesus is alive, Mary was most certainly over come with joy. So make up a little cheer to go with pom poms.

Who died on the cross?

Jesus!

Who rose from the grave?

Jesus!

Yay! Jesus!

( I never said I made up amazing cheers, just that I was on the team, ok.)

Shout the Good News: Jesus is alive so shout it and rejoice

 Objective: Children will be able to use their own megaphone and pompoms to shout the joy that Jesus is alive

 Supplies:

Megaphone template ( make your own)

PomPom Handles template

Tissue paper, two sheets per child

Crayons, markers or colored pencils

Scissors

Glue sticks & staplers or tape

Time: 10 to 15 minutes

Preparation: You will need to cut the tissue paper into strips to make the pompoms. Take one sheet of tissue paper open it up and lay it out. Fold it in half left to right. Turn the tissue paper so the folded side is at the top. Fold again from left to right. Once again turn the folded side of the tissue paper so the fold is on the top and cut 1 in. strips starting at the bottom leaving about 1 ½ in. at the top so the strips all stay connected. Once the strips are cut, fold the tissue paper in half left to right and in half again, and in half again. Staple once. You need 2 per child. Now the pompom is ready for the handles to be added in class.For smaller children, you will want to cut out the megaphone for them, as well as the handles. If your children are a little older, they may want to cut it out themselves.

In class: Pass out the megaphone. Have children color them any way they like. Use any medium you’d like, crayons, markers or colored pencils.

To make the megaphone, you can use glue sticks to seal and secure with a staple on each side or you can simply tape the seam.

Pass out two handles to each child. Fold in half, sandwich the pompom and staple at the base.

Hooray Jesus is alive

Jesus crucified for our sins: Matthew 11:3-6; 16:15-16; 21:6-15 Luke 23:26-49 John 4:25-26, 42

Our sins on the cross

I was hoping to impact the children to make what Jesus did for them more personal. We know that Christ sided for us, but stoping to take the time to think about it and see it on paper was something I wanted them to participate in. You could do this by just coming up with any sins or you could personalize it with the sins that the kids know that they do such as lying to make them truly look within themselves. I found this Jesus on the web, but you could also make your own Jesus out of a different medium and use a wooden cross and write your sins on it with markers if you want it to last longer and be added to your Easter display.

Forgiven

 Objective: Children will make crosses to remind them of Christ’s sacrifice

 Supplies

Cross template

Jesus template

Markers

scissors

Glue stick

Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Preparation: You can cut out the crosses and Jesus’ if you’d like.

In Class:

  • Give the children the picture of Jesus. Have them color Him and cut Him out.
  • Ask the children to think of some sins. For every sin they think of they should write it down in a different color and direction on the cross. You may have to help them by writing some sins on the board for them.
  • Have them cut out the cross.
  • Have the children glue Jesus to the cross explaining that every sin we commit is what stuck Jesus on the cross.

our sins on the cross

Jesus Crucified: Matthew 11:3-6; 16:15-16; 21:6-15 Luke 23:26-49 John 4:25-26, 42

 

Paid in full

Tired of cross crafts? I found a pic on Pinterest  but it was a broken link that leads nowhere. It looked strait forward enough and I love a handprint craft! I liked the little red nail print wound. It is a reminder that we are the ones who’s sins nailed Jesus to the cross.  No template needed.

Paid in Full

Objective: Children will make handprint with nail wounds to remind them of what Jesus did for them. This 5X7 cardstock will easily fit in a frame if the mother so chooses.

Supplies:

5X7 Black Cardstock

white paint

red paint

paint brush

Cup (the kind you use for water will be sufficient)

Wipes

Dustless chalk

Time: about 2 minutes per child

In Class:

  • On the back of your black cardstock write the child’s name in pencil or a white crayon
  • Take each child individually and have them spread their hand out as far as their fingers will stretch. Paint their hand with a light coat of white paint.
  • Press the hand down towards the top center of the page.
  • Clean child’s hands well in sink or with wipes.
  • Using the chalk, in all capitals, write below the hand:

PAID

IN
FULL

  • Dip index finger in some red paint and add a nail wound to the center of the palm.

Jesus Clears the Temple: Mark 11:15-19 also John 2:13-20

What belongs in God's house

What kind of craft can you make to show Jesus’ righteous anger in the temple as He cleared out the temple? Making whips with twenty 3 year olds didn’t seem like a smart option. So what’s the lesson of the story that a toddler can grasp? There are certain things that belong in God’s house and certain things that do not.

God’s House is Special

 Objective: Children will decide what belongs in God’s House and what does not

Supplies:

Things the belong in God’s House worksheet

Things that do NOT belong in God’s House worksheet

Item cut-outs sheet

Crayons

Scissors

Glue sticks

Time: 10 to 20 minutes

Preparation: For smaller children, you may want to cut out the 8 squares of pictures and have them separated into 8 baggies for easy passing out to each child.

In class: Pass out the sheet with the 8 items on it (squares if you have pre-cut them). Have children color each of the pictures. You may also want to have the children color the “What belongs/does not belong…” sheets as well and have them color them at this time. Have the children cut out the 8 squares along the dotted lines. Go over each item with the children. Remind them of the story and have them decide what belongs in God’s House and what belongs outside. Use glue sticks and stick 4 items on each page. Ask them what else could go in God’s House.

Things that belong in God’s house

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Jesus tells us to tell others about Him: Acts 1:1-11

 

Go and tell everyone about Jesus

This craft was made to go along with Jesus’ ascension, but it is not a traditional Jesus in the clouds craft. It focuses on what Jesus said in Acts 1:8. Jesus wants us to tell others about Jesus but reaching to the ends of the earth is pretty overwhelming. Start small and work your way out!

Go and Tell

Objective: Like, Mary children will tell others of Jesus with this remind of where we should go.  

Supplies:

4 pages for each child (state & city, go tell them & country, home & continent, and the world)

Scissors

Brads

Hole punches

Crayons or markers or colored pencils

Time: 15-20 minutes

Preparation: None.

In Class: Pass out the pages to the children making sure they each have the 4 different pages.

  • The children can color each of the pictures and come up with ways they can share about Jesus in each of the venues.
  • Then have the children cut out each of the 6 sized pentagons.
  • Place them in size order.

You can use the hole punches to punch out the black circles at the top of each picture to make adding the brad easier. Add the brad. Download Go and tell the world

Parable of the feast: Matthew 22:1-14

Invitation to Heaven Here is an invitation that I made to go along with Jesus’ parable of the wedding feast. The host invited people to the wedding, but they chose not to come. The Lord invites everyone to heaven with His gift of eternal life, but each person has to accept it. I printed the envelope on colored card stock and the insert I printed on regular white paper.  I sealed each invitation with a gold round sticker that I picked up from Staples. s0427385_sc7

 

Jesus’s Party invite

Objective: Children will make in invitation and be able to invite people to heaven

Supplies:

Envelopes on colored construction paper

Invitation cards

Crayons

Scissors

Glue sticks

Stickers

Golden round seal (sticker)

Time: 10 to 15 minutes

Preparation: You’ll need to cut out the envelopes and the invitation cards prior to class so that each child has one.

In class: Have the children color the invitation card. Have children decorate the side of the envelope that does NOT have the dotted lines and words on it. Use glue to attach the card to the center of the envelope. Fold the sides of the envelope on the dotted lines over the invitation card. Small sides first, then the largest side (bottom), followed by the topside. Seal with golden round seal (sticker).

Download the invite