Holy Week and Easter at Home
Holy Week themes can feel very difficult to share with children. Here is an article written by Dr. Elizabeth Windsor who serves as the Director of Christian Education at St. Matthews Methodist Church, about Experiencing Holy Week with children.
Devotions and Activities
In these Holy Week Family Devotions there is a scripture verse and simple activity for each day of the week.
Make a Passion Coloring Booklet with your children to reinforce their understanding of Jesus' passion and the resurrection. When completed, you can review the major events of Holy Week with the children.
Print out this Jesus Last Week Game to play altogether. All that is needed is a pair of scissors to cut game cards and a pair of dice.
Visit the Hosmer Children's Library to find a selection of Easter storybooks. A favorite and well-known story is Benjamin's Box by Melody Carlson
Take time on the Saturday before Easter to Wait at the Tomb. Quietly consider Jesus’ passion and death and prayerfully wait for the celebration of his resurrection. In today's noisy world, it is important to make time for silence and meditation.
Resurrection Cookies are a fun way to pull kids into the kitchen and share the Easter Story with them in a way that they will remember. The cookies are made in the evening and then sit in the oven overnight.
Easter Resurrection Rolls
Aside from being super delicious, these little rolls are a great object lesson for sharing the real meaning of Easter with children. Watch this great video for a simple explanation and to see how the rolls are made.
Holy Week Crafts
Resurrection Eggs that you can make at home, are a great visual tool to teach children the Easter Story. Directions for young children or older children.
Printable Resurrection Eggs children can color and cut out.
Make a Resurrection set of figures for your children to play with as you tell the Holy Week and Easter story. Click here for the templates and instructions.
Make an Easter Story Wreath. Inspired by the Oriental Trading version, this wreath was created for children to cut out and color the pictures to tell the Easter story beginning with Palm Sunday and ending at Pentecost.
Help children explore the events of Good Friday and Easter by making a Good Friday Cross that includes their personal touch.
Easter on YouTube
Holy Week Scripture
Palm Sunday: The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!” John 12:13
Judas Betrayal: Then one of the Twelve – the one called Judas Iscariot – went to the chief of priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. Matthew 26: 14-16
The Last Supper: While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28
Gethsemane: Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39
Crucifixion: From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” – which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”….and when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. Matthew 27: 45-46; 50
Resurrection: Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I do not know where they have taken him”. At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but did not realize that it was Jesus. John 20:10-14