Christian Easter Activities Theme Block Center Ideas
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!
Christian Easter Activities Theme Circle Time Ideas
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 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.
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Christian Easter Activities Theme!
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 under Gross 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 at Food.com
Christian Easter Activities Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
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.
Christian Easter Activities Theme Large Group Games to Help Your Preschoolers Build Their Muscles While They Have Fun Together!
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 under Cooking 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!
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.
Crack open the glorious story of Jesus' resurrection! Stored in a plastic carton, a dozen rainbow-hued eggs are filled with surprises. Pop them open and find miniature symbols of Easter inside! An updated companion booklet in English and Spanish features illustrated Bible stories explaining the significance of each object. Includes decorative stickers! Ages 5 and up.
Christian Easter Activities Theme Science Ideas--For Your Preschool Scientists in Training!
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.
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Classroom's Christian Easter Activities Theme!
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:
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