Easter/The Empty Tomb
Objectives: The students will be able to
- explain that Easter is the celebration of Jesus' rising from the dead with new life
- retell the Easter/Empty Tomb story
- define resurrection
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used as Mass cards: (show picture cards that we have done thus far)
Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)
Easter- celebration of Jesus’ resurrection
Resurrection- coming to new life after death
Faith- the gift that helps us believe and trust
Tomb- a cave used to bury the dead
Read story: "The Empty Tomb" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
Introduce activities: What happened on Easter?
sermons4kids.com- It’s Empty object lesson with coloring page
sermons4kids.com- I’ve Just Seen Jesus object lesson with coloring page and puzzles
sermons4kids.com- The Case of the Empty Tomb object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, multiple choice
sermons4kids.com- The Case of the Empty Tomb (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.
sermons4kids.com- Surprise! Object lesson with coloring page
sermons4kids.com- The Faces of Easter object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, quiz
sermons4kids.com- The Faces of Easter (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.
childrensermons.com- He is Risen! object lesson
childrensministry.com- a number of activities for teaching and celebrating Easter
dltk-bible.com- The Easter Story lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
kidsclubs4jesus.com- Roll That Stone Away, Two Angels in White, He’s Alive lessons with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples).
calvarycurriculum.com- Jesus is Risen!, Peter and John Visit Jesus’ Tomb lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
engagingfaith.blogspot.com- Easter/Resurrection Lesson Plan: Compare and Contrast the Gospel Accounts of the Resurrection
christiancrafters.com- The Colors of Christ Cross
*Neat tip at the bottom for younger students.
Introduce craft: Did they find Jesus in the tomb on Easter? Let’s make something that shows what they found.
The Empty Tomb- A cute craft that the children will get to "roll the stone away" on Jesus' tomb to retell the story of the resurrection. Even though this comes from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to do. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 57 & 58).
catholicicing.com- Printable Resurrection Set
Introduce art activity: Remember the caterpillar we made at Lent? We made a caterpillar to remind us that we are to change during Lent and become more like Jesus. Now the caterpillar has changed. What did he change into? A butterfly. Let’s have our caterpillars change into a butterfly.
Butterfly- A butterfly is made from using the child's handprints. The butterfly represents how the caterpillar changed and became a butterfly and received new life. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 40).
crafts.kaboose.com- Coffee Filter Butterfly
freepreschoolcrafts.com- Plastic Bag Butterfly
Make this butterfly according to the directions or use a painted clothes pin for the body that has googly eyes glued on it. Gather the plastic bag together at the center and slide it between the clamps of the clothes pin. Shape some pipe cleaner into antennae and glue the center of the pipe cleaner between the clamps of the clothespin. You can make this into a magnet by putting a sticky magnet on the back of the clothespin.
Introduce craft: Have you ever heard of the Jelly Bean Prayer?
annieshomepage.com- Jelly Bean Prayer
Prayer with activities to go with it: cards and jar craft.
kinderart.com- Jelly Bean Sweet Jar (craft)
mama-jean.blogspot.com- Jelly Bean Prayer label (printable)
churchhousecollection.blogspot.com- Jelly Bean Prayer Toilet Paper Roll Craft For Easter
Introduce game: What was rolled away from the tomb where Jesus laid?
Who’s Got The Stone?
Need: One small rock
Directions: One student is picked to be “It”. All the students (except "It") put both of their hands together and form a cup with just a little hole up on top. The teacher walks around and pretends to put the stone in someone's hand. One student will actually get the stone. The student who is “It” is then asked by the teacher, "Who's got the stone?". Whoever has the stone is "It". (Game is like “Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?).
Impossible Knot! (Jesus Rises From the Dead)- This game will seem impossible to kids at first, just as Jesus’ resurrection must have seemed impossible at the time. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 100 & 101.)
Sight Seeing (Jesus Appears to Mary)- As kids explore Jesus’ appearance to Mary, they will learn that god always keeps his word, no matter how hard it is to believe. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 102 & 103.)
These game are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.
The Empty Tomb File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to get to the empty tomb first. Players take turns spinning the spinner and then moving their marker ahead to the next space of that color. (Like Candy Land)
Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.
Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.
Spinner- Make spinner according to the directions.
Jelly Bean Prayer File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to collect the most Jelly Bean jar cards by answering questions about Jesus and get to FINISH.
Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.
Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last. 2 Game Boards to choose from.
Game Board #1
Game Board #2
Game Cards- Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Use only the cards that reflect your students abilities.
Jelly Bean Jar Token Cards- Print out several pages of tokens on card stock. Cut out tokens. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.
Questions and Answers- For the teacher to check answers.
Introduce snack: What did they find in the tomb? It was empty.
christiancrafters.com- Empty Tomb Snack
Note: You can make these cookies below the night before and have the students make another batch during class and seal up the oven. While the students are doing another activity, you can remove their cookies and add the batch you made the night before.
betterbudgeting.com- Resurrection Story Cookies
Introduce snack: Jesus died and received new life. A caterpillar changes into something. What does he become?
christiancrafters.com- New Life Butterfly Snack
Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:
More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Empty Tomb puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from November 22 - 24).
Jesus is Alive (maze)- Amazing Bible Mazes by Anita Reith Stohs
sermons4kids.com- Butterfly maze
sermons4kids.com- The Empty Tomb (maze)
biblewise.com- He is Risen! (maze)
dltk-bible.com- Easter puzzles (several to choose from
He’s Not Here! (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word: Grade 1 – 3 by Linda Standke, page 29.
sermons4kids.com- The Empty Tomb (word search) John 20:1-18
sermons4kids.com- The Case of the Empty Tomb (word search) John 20:1-18
sermons4kids.com- Easter Sunrise Surprise (word search) Luke 24:1-12
sermons4kids.com- He Is Not Here. He Has Risen (crossword) John 20:1-18
sermons4kids.com- The Case of the Empty Tomb (crossword) John 20:1-18
sermons4kids.com- Easter Sunrise Surprise (crossword) Luke 24:1-12
sermons4kids.com- Easter Sunrise Surprise (word shape) Luke 24:6a
sermons4kids.com- He has risen! He is not here. (jumble) Mark 16:6
sermons4kids.com- I have seen the Lord! (jumble) John 20:18
sermons4kids.com- Easter Sunrise Surprise (decoder) Luke 24:6a
biblewise.com- The Women and the Angel (decoder)
sermons4kids.com- Easter Sunrise Surprise (multiple choice) Luke 24:1-12
sermons4kids.com- The Case of the Empty Tomb (multiple choice) John 20:1
biblewise.com- True or False with answers
biblewise.com- Jesus Is Alive: Who am I? Draw a line from each sentence to the persons or persons who did it.
Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)