I have been working hard to come up with activities and content to share with my kids that will help them remember Christ this Easter (having a Christ-centered Easter) instead of just the Easter Bunny and all of the commercialized things. I think that is important for them as well, so we still have their baskets with eggs and everything else. I just want them to really focus on the reason we have Easter at all – The Ressurection of Christ, and, ultimately, our resurrection.
The schedule of activities and events I am sharing runs over a 9 day period. So start this so your last activity is on Easter day. I am listing the supplies you will need for all 9 days. There isn’t that much you will have to get or find, as most of it’s in the scriptures or free printables we are sharing below!
LIST OF SUPPLIES
- Wood Peg People (medium size) (I got these ones from Michaels)
- White Felt
- Hot glue gun
- Black Marker (if you want to draw a face on baby Jesus)
- food coloring
- White carnation flowers
- Scissors or paper cutter
DAY 1 PRINTABLE (PDF FILE) HERE
SCRIPTURE: Jesus was born in Bethlehem to Mary and Joseph (see Luke 2:4–7).
ACTIVITY: Make a Baby Jesus Craft and learn about Jesus Christ
DAY 2 PRINTABLE (PDF FILE) HERE
SCRIPTURE: He visited the temple when He was 12 years old (see Luke 2:42–49).
ACTIVITY: Visit a temple or find pictures of your favorite temples and talk about how important they are.
DAY 3 PRINTABLE (PDF FILE) HERE
SCRIPTURE: John the Baptist baptized Jesus (see Matthew 3:13–17).
ACTIVITY: Color a picture of John the Baptist and Jesus and talk about the importance of Baptism.
DAY 4 PRINTABLE (PDF FILE) HERE
BEATITUDES BOOKMARKS PRINTABLE (PDF FILE) HERE
SCRIPTURE: Jesus taught the people (see Matthew 5.).
ACTIVITY: Print out this chart to help with understanding the Beatitudes and what they mean. Print out the Beatitudes bookmarks to make for your scriptures or to hang on the wall.
DAY 5 PRINTABLE (PDF FILE) HERE
JOHN 13:34 SCRIPTURE PUZZLE PRINTABLE (PDF FILE) HERE
SCRIPTURE: Jesus healed the sick (see John 9:1–11).
ACTIVITY: Read the story of how Jesus healed the sick and then put the scripture puzzle together. Talk about how it is important to love one another as Jesus does.
DAY 6 PRINTABLE (PDF FILE) HERE
SCRIPTURE: At the Last Supper, Jesus gave the sacrament for the first time
(see Luke 22:19–20).
ACTIVITY: Make unleavened bread and talk about the importance of the sacrament and the Last Supper and what it meant.
DAY 7 PRINTABLE (PDF FILE) HERE
SCRIPTURE: In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus suffered for our sins
(see Luke 22:39–44).
ACTIVITY: Take a white carnation, trim the stem and then put it into a glass with food coloring and water. The next morning, the carnation it should be a different color. (learn more here). Play the scripture matching game and memorize John 3:16.
DAY 8 PRINTABLE (PDF FILE) HERE
BLANK VERSION HERE
SCRIPTURE: Jesus was crucified and He was buried in a tomb (see John 19:13–18 and Luke 23:50–53).
ACTIVITY: Play the scripture matching game (for kids) or do the fill in the blank version (older kids/adults) to learn more about Jesus’ crucifixion and burial.
DAY 9 PRINTABLE (PDF FILE) HERE
SCRIPTURE: Three days later Jesus rose from the tomb! Because He did, we will all be resurrected (see John 20:11–18)
ACTIVITY: Make resurrection rolls. Play the “Who Am I” game to learn about Jesus’ resurrection.
I hope that this Christ-Centered Easter collection has helped you and your family. I know that my kids loved it and it really helped all of us learn more and grow our testimonies and feel the spirit over the week.
We made a Lamb of God handout that you can give to your kids/family or even use for Primary, or the Youth, or whatever you need.
Christ-Centered Easter Handout
Note: They are all 4 in this one PDF file – but if you want just one of them, you can choose that page (like page 4) to print just the one page.
SOURCES AND HELP:
- The Beatitudes: Pattern for Coming unto Christ By Elder Robert E. Wells
- The Beatitudes by O. Leslie Stone
- The Beatitudes Chart (Seminary Manual)
- New Testament Seminary Matthew 5 lesson
- The Beatitudes
- New Testament Seminary Matthew 3 Lesson
- Who is Jesus Christ
- The Sacred Importance of Temples
- The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
- The Crucifixion and Burial of Jesus Christ
- Jesus Christ in Gethsemane
- The Story of Jesus Christ Printable Book
- Partaking of the Sacrament
- Partaking of the Sacrament
- The Sacrament Reminds Us of Our Covenants
- Behold The Lamb of God