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
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
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.
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.
SCRIPTURE: Jesus taught the people (see Matthew 5.).
SCRIPTURE: Jesus healed the sick (see John 9:1–11).
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.
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.
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.
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