At Easter, we celebrate how Christ died and was resurrected from the grave to save us, his children, from death as sinners. As adults, we understand the gruesome reality of what Jesus had to endure on the cross to save the people he loves, but death and life can be hard topics to approach with children.
It is important for children to understand the concept of the Easter message, but more importantly, they need to know why we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. At the core of the Easter message is the unwavering love of Christ. It was love that prompted Jesus to take our place on the cross so we could spend eternity with him.
As a parent, guardian or loved one, you can determine the readiness of your child to hear the detailed Easter story. No matter how you tell the story, remember to emphasize that Jesus’ death is not the end of the story. Rather than focus on the brutality of death, focus on the hope of the resurrection and the theme of love that runs throughout the Easter message.
Here are four age-appropriate ideas to help share the Easter story with your child.
- Watch a movie and afterward discuss the themes, ideas and concepts shown in the film:
Preschool: VeggieTales An Easter Carol or VeggieTales Twas the Night Before Easter
Middle school: Jesus of Nazareth or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
High School: The Passion of Christ
- Read the Easter story and discuss it as a family:
Preschool: Read the story from your favorite child’s Bible. Let your little ones follow along with the photos and answer any questions they may have.
Middle school and high school: Read from Mark 14 and John 19-20. If you want to break up the readings, read a portion of the story each day leading up to Easter.
- Engage your child while sharing the Easter story by making a resurrection garden. Use items you have around the house and set it out as a reminder that Christ has risen from the grave.
- On Easter morning, remind your young ones that the tomb is empty with these resurrection rolls. Not only will it be a sweet treat, but it’s the perfect way to tell the Easter story and focus on the hope of the resurrection.
Give them a shot and let us know how it turned out! We pray this Easter is a special one for you and your loved ones.