Easter and Holy Week Resources for Families
Holy Week - Palm Sunday through Resurrection Sunday - is when we take time to remember Jesus' last week before He gave His life on the cross. This time is a mixture of sadness and celebration, and it is important that children see all the facets of these holy days. How do you take time during this week to look at Jesus' journey to the cross? How do you explain these sad events to young children?
Explore these great ideas and resources to open up conversations that point your family and friends to the importance of Holy Week and the amazing gift of Jesus' life for us.
part 1: TRUTHS FOR CHILDREN
Preschool - Jesus obeyed God's plan. He went to the city of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. That week, He died and was buried in a tomb. He did not stay dead. On the third day, He rose again because this is what He said would happen. He did this for us to be able to have life with God in heaven someday.
Elementary - Jesus, the only perfect human, took our sin when He died on the cross. He knew this was going to happen and the reason He gave His life is that He loves us. He did not stay dead. He rose again on the third day, just as He said, and talked and walked with His followers for 40 days. He then ascended to heaven to live with God and prepare a place for those who believe. When we accept Jesus' death as punishment for our sins and ask Him to be our Savior, He gives us eternal life.
PART 2: SUGGESTED READING FOR PARENTS
Messianic Passover Seder for Families - traditional Passover meal elements and discussion topics for families with children
Holy Week: Prepare for Easter with Your Family – suggestions from Noel Piper
Exploring Easter: Simple ways to celebrate Easter with your kids - printable list of Holy Week activities from thrivingfamily.com
HomeFront Magazine - The Easter 2016 issue is available for purchase from David C. Cook
PART 3: VIDEOS
A Very Special Easter - YouTube video with animated discussion with real-life children about Easter
The Meaning of Easter - YouTube video by Phil Vischer
1, 2, 3, Jesus is Alive - YouTube music video by Yancy, Little Praise Party CD
It's About the Cross, - YouTube music video by Go Fish Guys
PART 4: BOOKS
The Valley Children's Library on the Avon Campus has many Holy Week books and DVDs available to check out. The library is open between 10:30-11 a.m. on Sundays.
What is Easter? - by Phil Vischer
The Easter Story for Children - by Lucado/ Frazee/ Hill
The Case for Christ for Kids - by Lee Strobel
The Very First Easter - picture book by Paul L. Maier
My Jesus Journal - Family Activity Book, - What's In The Bible? Series by Phil Vischer
PART 5: ACTIVITIES
Valley Family Ministry Pinterest Page - Resurrection Resources - Holy Week activities, books, and other ideas to celebrate at home
Easter Bible Reading Chart for kids - Hang the chart on the refrigerator so that you can place magnets onto the clouds as the readings are completed, or print the black and white version and allow kids to color the clouds as they complete their readings.
Create an Un-Easter Basket - an alternative to gifts at Easter
Resurrection Garden - a meaningful Easter experience
Make your own Resurrection Eggs - activity to walk through Holy Week together