Use this fun skit: An Easter Story to help children learn the real meaning of Easter.
The Scene: Three children with a Bible discussing the true meaning of Easter.
The Characters: Three children, the Easter Bunny, the Teacher, Jesus on a stick pony, two children with palm branches, Jesus carrying a large cross, a Roman soldier with a “whip,” and a child in robes.
(Easter Bunny enters stage.)
Easter Bunny: Hey! It’s me! Happy Easter!
Child 1: Yeah, whatever. (Continues talking to the others.)
Easter Bunny: (Jumps around excitedly to get their attention again.) Hey! Hey! It’s me! Aren’t you excited?
Child 2: (sarcastically) Oh…yeah… sure. We’re real excited.
Easter Bunny: (Walks over and listens in on the conversation to see what’s going on for a few moments before speaking.) What are you guys talking about anyway?
Child 3: We’re talking about Easter!
Easter Bunny: Yeah! That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you! I’m all about Easter — and I’m here! (All the children laugh; the Easter bunny looks confused.)
Easter Bunny: Why aren’t you guys excited to see me?
Child 1: Oh! It’s not that we’re not excited to see you. Of course we’re excited to see you. It’s just that you’re not really what Easter is all about.
Easter Bunny: (perplexed) I’m not?
Child 2: No! You’re not! And that’s what we were just talking about!
Child 3: (Shows the Easter Bunny an open Bible.) It’s all right here! And we were just reading about how the disciples got the greatest surprise ever on that first Easter morning.
Easter Bunny: (excitedly) Let me guess! Let me guess! (Stops to ponder.) I know! I know! A super-sized, giant, extravagant Easter basket that’s this high (holds hand up) and filled with all kinds of candy!
(Looks at kids and realizes he’s way off.) No?
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All Children: No!
Child 1: There’s so much more!
Child 2: Now don’t get us wrong…we like candy. It’s just that if that’s all Easter is about, it’s a pretty empty holiday.
Easter Bunny: If it’s not about me and it’s not about candy, then I’m lost.
Child 3: Exactly!
Child 2: And that’s what Easter is all about!
Child 3: Easter is about Jesus rising from the dead! (Easter Bunny looks surprised but intrigued.)
Child 3: And Jesus came to earth to “seek and save the lost.”
Child 2: (Puts his arm around the Easter Bunny.) Let’s go talk about this some more while our teacher tells all these kids more about the real meaning of Easter.
(Everyone exits the stage. Afterward, the Teacher tells children about the biblical account of Easter. As each scene is mentioned, characters pantomime the scene.)
Teacher: (Enters the stage. As the Teacher talks, two children enter the stage and wave palm branches. They’re followed by a child dressed as Jesus and riding a stick pony.) It was really incredible! On Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Everyone went crazy, praising Jesus and waving palm branches to honor him.
Teacher: (As the Teacher talks, two children enter the stage. One is dressed as Jesus and carries the cross on his back. The other is dressed as a Roman soldier and pretends to whip Jesus.) The soldiers beat Jesus and put a crown of thorns on his head. The soldiers made Jesus carry his cross to the place where he would die.
Teacher: (As the Teacher talks, the soldier mocks Jesus and pretends to nail him to the cross. Jesus “dies.”) Jesus hung on the cross while the soldiers mocked him. Finally, he died on the cross and was taken down to be buried.
Teacher: (As the Teacher talks, a child dressed in a robe enters and lays Jesus on the floor. When the teacher says that he arose, Jesus jumps up.) But that’s not the end of the story! They buried Jesus in a tomb, and three days later he arose! He came back to life! (Everyone cheers!)
Debbie Hardy Conowingo, Maryland