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5 Tips for Talking to Kids About Jesus’ Crucifixion

The crucifixion is an important part of Easter. So how can we effectively share what happened to help kids comprehend the significance without overloading them? Here are five ways to talk to your kids about Jesus’ crucifixion.


1. Age Appropriate.

Here’s a simple tip to start with-don’t focus on what younger kids can’t understand. For younger age levels, focus on the result of Jesus’ death rather than the details of it.

2. Watch Your Words.

Lisa Strnad wrote an article about talking with kids about Jesus’  crucifixion. In it, she says, “Using language that they understand, start talking to your kids about what happened to Jesus on Good Friday. Keep in mind that too much graphic detail isn’t necessary to convey His act of love and sacrifice.”

3. Explain Sin.

Discussions on Jesus’ death on the cross should coincide with sin. Laura Kuehn posted an article on Cornerstones for Parents on the subject. She says, “Without an understanding of sin, our children can’t appreciate the significance of what Jesus did for us on Good Friday and Easter. You can explain that the word sin simply means all the things we do wrong (including big and little things).” Follow up by reminding them that Jesus was perfect.

4. Welcome Questions.

You may have heard about Easter your whole life and can recall the events with your eyes closed. But your audience may have never heard what Easter is all about. Go slowly and be ready to answer questions…any questions. Questions only kids can come up with. And don’t be afraid to explain that you don’t know an answer. Just make sure to follow up the next week!

Show Why.

Here’s a quick but powerful activity Buzz editor Ali Thompson suggested about explaining to kids why Jesus died on the cross. Give kids sticky notepads and ask them to write down things they have done wrong and stick the notes on themselves. As they stick, you should quickly come by, take their papers and stick them on you. This leads the way to a discussion on  how Jesus took on our sins.

Looking for even more great ideas for Easter? Check out all our Easter posts.  For loads of great ideas in every issue, subscribe today to Children’s Ministry Magazine.


6 thoughts on “5 Tips for Talking to Kids About Jesus’ Crucifixion

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    God bless for the good work. I do also serve children’s . Am happy its a calling. I would like to read those magazines so that i can equip myself to teach the children

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    Julia Ball

    Thanks SO much for this article! I linked back to it in a recent series on my blog regarding teaching theology to kids, and will definitely be recommending this to other children’s leaders from now on! Thanks for your faithfulness, Children’s Ministry Mag 😀
    http://ministrymom.ca/theologytuesday-i-believe-in-jesus-part-2/

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      childrensministry.com

      That’s so great, Julia!! We’re glad we could contribute something to your blog!

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    Thank you for the great ideas!

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