Use this Easter activity: Easter Create-a-Scene to help children understand what it was like on that first Easter morning.
Stuff you’ll need: an adult-sized shirt to cover each child’s clothes, 1 yard of clear vinyl (available in fabric or craft stores), permanent markers, and scissors.
Get ready: Lay the vinyl on a table and place something on its edges so it’ll lie flat. Read the Easter story from Luke 24:1-12, making a special point of pointing out who the people in the story are. Paint a verbal picture for the children, describing how the tomb must’ve looked, the scenery around the area, and who came to see Jesus’ body.
Tell kids to:
- Work together to draw an Easter scene on the vinyl. Decide who’ll draw a picture of Jesus, who’ll draw a picture of the tomb, and so on until all the important items in the story have been drawn on the vinyl. Everyone should draw a picture.
- After drawing, cut out the general shape of your picture. As I read the Easter story again, stick your pictures to a window in our classroom to create the Easter scene.
Ask: How do you think the women felt when they came to the tomb and couldn’t find Jesus? How would you have felt? How does it make you feel to know that Jesus overcame the problem of death? The power that raised Jesus from the dead was greater than any power on earth, including dynamite or a nuclear bomb. What is a problem in your life that you need God’s power to help you overcome?
Have the children stand back from the window and take in the whole scene. Close in prayer, thanking God for his power to overcome any obstacle.
Nanette Goings Longmont, Colorado