Christian Easter Activities Theme for Preschool
<This Christian Easter Activities Theme Page is dedicated to helping your children focus on the true meaning of Easter. Easter Sunday is the most important holiday of the Christian year. It commemorates the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. This theme could be one that is discussed over a month of time or the week before Easter.
This Christian Easter Activities page has some activities to get you started. If there are other ideas they you would like to see added to this page, please drop me a line and I'll be happy to add it!
Let the Christian Easter Activities Theme planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme planning or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
He Is Risen Cross
Materials Needed: Foam crosses, sequins or jewels, craft glue, papers with the words "He is risen!" on them (1 for each child).
The children glue on the word paper and then decorate their cross using the sequins, jewels or other items you choose.
EXTENSION: You could glue a magnet on the back or hole punch the tops and have the children string yarn through them so they can hang them at home.
Materials Needed: White paper plates, cut in half; brown lunch bags, brown and black tempera paint, angel stickers
Give each child a paper plate that has been cut in half. On one half, draw a small semi circle to represent the opening of the tomb. The children cut out this semi-circle and paint this portion of the paper plate brown. They paint the uncut half of the paper plate black.
The children then staple the brown paper plate half on top of the black paper plate half (so that the black shows through the tomb opening they have cut out).
They place an angel sticker in the opening.
Have the children crumple up half of a brown lunch bag: This represents the stone covering the tomb. Help them to tape the crumpled paper over the tomb opening.
Read the section of the Easter story that discusses the tomb: Luke 24:2
Materials Needed: Wax paper cut into the shape of crosses (2 for each child), watered down glue or liquid starch, colored tissue paper cut into small pieces.
The children glue the tissue paper onto the wax paper. Encourage them to overlap the tissue paper. When done, the children glue a second cross and place it over the one they just decorated. Hole punch and string with yarn to hang on a window.
EXTENSION: Print out some sayings for them to glue onto the front of their crosses such as "He is Risen" "Jesus Lives" etc.
Hand Print Wreaths
Materials: Green paper, scissors, crayons
Have the children trace their hand onto the green paper. Help them cut out if they can not do this on their own yet.
Encourage them to write their name on their hand print.
As a large group, have them arrange the hand prints into a wreath and display with a sign "Jesus died for all of us".
VARIATION: In advance, have a large cross cut out and have the children glue or paint their traced hand onto the cross.
Build a tomb
Make a tomb out of whichever type of blocks you are using with your children: legos, duplos, wooden unit blocks, etc. Bring some small stones and rocks in from outside to use to retell the miracle of Easter morning!
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your Space Theme!
Materials Needed: One set of resurrection eggs that can be found in most Christian book stores or online.
Give each child one egg to hold. As you have each child open their egg in turn (they are numbered), discuss what it represents.
The booklet that comes with the eggs gives scripting you can say. However, it is too long for preschoolers at one sitting. Your options are to discuss a few eggs per day leading up to Easter (being sure each child has a turn to open one)--if you choose this option, be sure to keep a list of who will have a turn each day. The other option would be to read the Easter story from a good children's Bible one day and then use the Resurrection Eggs to help the children retell the story based on the items in the eggs.
Easter Day Poem
by Evaleen Stein
Christ the Lord is risen today!
Angels rolled the stone away
Fro the tomb wherin He lay!
Little children, come and sing,
"Glory, glory to the King,
Christ the Lord of everything!"
Palm Sunday Donkey Story
Materials Needed: In advance, make a donkey hand puppet from a brown lunch bag. Make it simple, ears, googly eyes and a mouth.
Use the donkey to tell the story of Easter Sunday--you will completely have their attention!
EXTENSION: Have materials available for the children to make their own donkey puppet as well!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific Christian Easter Activities Theme questions while making these fun snacks!
Empty Tomb Cookie Recipe
The are a wonderful way for you to pray and reflect on the events leading up to the miracle of Easter while preparing these cookies the night before serving them. Also, use these cookies with the Greatest Treasure Activity listed below underGross Motor Games
1 cup whole pecans, in a plastic baggie 1 teaspoon vinegar 3 egg whites 1 pinch salt 1 cup sugar
1 Preheat oven to 300 degrees--you MUST do it now. Also, gather a cooking mallet, kitchen mixer, masking tape and Bible.
2 Read John 19:1-3 ~ Jesus was beaten for our sins; beat the nuts with a cooking mallet; set aside.
3 Read John 19:28-30 - Jesus drank something like vinegar (gall), sniff the fragrance, dip finger in and taste, too; place the vinegar in a mixing bowl.
4 Read John 10:10-11 - Egg whites symbolize Jesus' holy, innocent life; add whites to the bowl with the vinegar.
5 Read Luke 23:27 - the bitter tears of the women; taste a few grains, remember your own sins; add the salt to the bowl.
6 Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16 - Sweet salvation! Taste and see; add to the bowl.
7 Crank up the mixer and let it go while you read from Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3; let the mixer go for about 12-15 MINUTES; this needs to be VERY stiff!
8 Read Matthew 27:57-60 - Fold the nuts into the egg-sugar mixture; this symbolizes the rocks in the garden.
9 Using a scoop or knife & spoon, drop by spoon into mounds (to resemble a rocky tomb); put into the oven and turn it OFF!
10 Read Matthew 27:65-66 - The tomb is sealed; use two pieces of tape (5-6 inches long) to "seal" the door edges (symbolically).
11 Read John 16:20 & 22 - Consider these passages, then go to bed!
12 NEXT MORNING: Read Matthew 28:1-9 - Jesus is risen! Behold--the empty tomb! Unseal the oven door, take out the cookies, break or bite one in half -- it should be hollow inside---empty---just like the Tomb!
13 He is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
This and other great recipes can be found atFood.com
Materials: Provide props so that the children can act out the stories as you teach them such as palm leaves, a donkey and clothes to be Jesus for Palm Sunday; A cave or tomb and a large paper to roll away from the tomb or cave. In the tomb, have Bible character puppets to act out other stories.
Materials Needed: Blue painters tape, fingerpaint paper
Place painters tape on fingerpaint paper in the shape of a cross.
When children are done painting, help them remove the tape to reveal the cross.
EXTENSION: In advance, write phrases such as He Lives, He is Risen, etc. on the cross.
VARIATION: You could also do this at an art table using finger paint!
Materials: Use the Hosanna leaves that the children have made (see the manipulatives section for this); a piece of fabric and yarn (for a headpiece for Jesus).
One child is the donkey and walks next to another child, who will play the part of Jesus.
The other children wave their Hosanna leaves and say "Hosanna!" as 'Jesus' and the 'donkey' walk by.
Allow each child to have a turn.
Our GREATEST Treasure Egg Hunt
Thanks to Kari from Houston, TX for this great idea!
Tell the children that you want to have an EASTER TREASURE HUNT!
You will need to have patterned paper eggs (GIVE PATTERN EXAMPLES) made to put the clues on the back.
Have the children make paper easter eggs using the opportunity to teach them PATTERNS on their eggs as they color them.
Make clues to go on the back of the paper eggs and post them all around the room. You may want to make extras if you have a small class. Try to make your clues RHYME DESCRIBING the different areas in your classroom.
For the TREASURE make some goodies like the EMPTY TOMB COOKIES (Recipe can be found above underCooking Recipes
Or get some candies with from your local store or local Christian store.
This is a chance to also teach POSITIONAL CONCEPTS like over, under, above, below, between, beside, inside, outside..
After the treasure hunt you can talk about our GREATEST TREASURE...JESUS CHRIST
Later you can reflect on the patterns and positional concepts using the examples of where they were around the room.
think the EMPTY TOMB Cookie Recipe is online. You have to make them the night before so they will solidify. They are very lightweight cookies.
HAPPY EASTER FRIENDS!!!
Thanks, Kari! And a very blessed Easter to you and yours as well!
Book Suggestions for the Library
Children's Bible for Preschoolers Your choice--choose one or many that your children can use!
God's Easter Love by Mark Bernthal (Boz series)
My Day With Jesus by Alice Joyce Davidson
The Story of Easter by Patricia Pingry
The Story of Jesus by Patricia Pingry
The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
Things I See at Easter by Julie Steigemeyer
Materials: Different shades of green paper with leaf shapes drawn on them in bold, black marker; scissors
Each child cuts out a leaf by cutting on the bold line.
Show the children how to "fringe" around the paper. You could also pre-draw black lines around the edges of the leaf for them to fringe.
Use these leaves as a prop at circle time when you talk about Jesus triumphant entry into Jeruselam or for the Hosana activity listed under Gross Motor activities on this page.
Materials: Program leaves with pictures for the Easter story: Palm Sunday, Last Supper, Good Friday, Tomb, He is Risen for the children to put in order.
Give each child a musical instrument to use (tambourine, triangle, etc.) Teach them this song:
Sung to Farmer in the Dell:
Jesus is the king!
Jesus is the king!
We praise Him with our song today,
Jesus is the king!
Start a parade singing this song while using the instruments.
Easter Favorites CD
This is a music CD put out by Cedarmont Kids that would be great to have playing while you work on your Christian Easter activities!
Materials: Place your set of resurrection eggs into the sensory table hidden by green plastic grass. This gives the children to take the time to explore the contents of each egg and talk with each other about what it means to them. Be available to help them with items they may not be sure about.
Resurrection eggs can be purchased at a Christian book store or online.
Jesus Erases Sin
Materials: Clear glass jar about 1/2 to 3/4 full of water, food coloring, bleach, eye dropper
Caution: Be sure the children are not near the bleach. During circle time might be a good time to do this or at a table in small groups.
Ask the children what sin is. Explain that we all sin--do things we know we should not do. Ask them what types of things that they do that they know they should not do.
For each statement, add a drop of food coloring. After a few drops, explain that Jesus died for our sin. We can pray to Jesus when we do wrong. We can tell him that we will make every effort not to do whatever the statement was anymore. When we ask Him for forgiveness, it is given to us because be believe and have faith in Him.
Tell the children you are going to pray and they should watch the jar to see what happens to their sin. Say a prayer aloud including the statements the children made. For example, "God, we try to do good but we all sin and make mistakes. We want to "__fill in the blank here...be kind to our brothers/sisters, not fight with our Moms and Dads, not be mean to our friends"...Thank you for your love and your forgiveness and for helping us to love each other. In Jesus name we pray, Amen".
As you finish your prayer, drop bleach into the jar using the eyedropper. Drop one drop at a time until the water is clear again.
Name Above All Names
Materials Needed: Index cards and papers with the name J E S U S on them. Provide them on laminated cards so the children can use low-odor dry erase markers to trace the name, provide lots of paper and markers at the table.
Hang cards or papers with the words and phrases they can learn to copy or trace:
JESUS LOVES ME
HE IS RISEN
Some ideas for visitors:
Invite a Pastor or Children's Pastor to come and talk with the children about Jesus and Easter.