Easter Lessons for Children’s Church

This free Children’s Church lesson plan was first written for elementary aged students. It goes over the story of Easter Sunday. This material could also be used as the Bible lesson plan for children’s Sunday school. Be sure to consider your own ministry context and modify it as needed. Look for additional teaching ideas and resources linked at the bottom of this page. There is also a preschool version of this lesson plan.

Bible Story: The Story of Easter Sunday
Scripture: Matthew 28
Target Age Group: Kindergarten – 5th grade
Learning Context: Children’s Church
Target Time Frame: 40 minutes
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Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate an understanding of the story by recalling the Easter story.

Items Needed:

Worship: Use Easter Songs (extra print out) to lead the children to sing before the Bible lesson.

Teaching Plan: Easter Sunday

Welcome Activity: Welcome activities are things to have out for the children to do as they are arriving for class. These activities will get them engaged as soon as they arrive and will help the transition from their parents.

Playdough and Blocks – help the children to build a “tomb” (maybe that looks like a bridge) with the blocks and then roll up a “stone” with playdough…the children can pretend to roll the stone away from the tomb

Worship:
Easter Songs

Bible Lesson Introduction

Talk with the children about what they think of when you say “Easter”. Accept any answer – church-related or not. You will give them the true meaning of Easter throughout the class today.

Bible Lesson
“We will be doing the Bible story a little different today. We are going to be using Resurrection Eggs and you are all going to help me tell the story of Easter.”

Give each child a resurrection egg. Make sure that they keep it closed until it is their turn. If you have more than 12 children, either partner them up or get another package of resurrection eggs.

Read through the Resurrection Eggs Story Book with the children. As you get to each page, have the child holding the corresponding egg open it up and show the class what’s inside.

Bible Lesson Activities


Activity:
The Angel Rolled Away the Stone

You can have the paper plates already cut for the children, depending on the age of the children.

  • Cut the paper plates in half
  • Cut a “doorway” out of one half of all of the plates
  • Have the children color the half of the paper plate with the “doorway” brown
  • Have the children color the other half of the paper plate black
  • As the children are coloring, walk around and make sure that each child’s name gets written on both pieces of their tomb
  • Staple the two pieces together making sure that the black can be seen through the “doorway”
  • Have the children glue the angel inside of the door
  • Have the children crumple up the brown construction paper
  • Tape the construction paper “stone” to the outside of the tomb
  • As the children are finishing their project, talk with them about what they are making and about the story they just learned about Easter


Activity: Bible Verse Memorization

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” Matthew 28:6

He: point to heaven
Is not here: shake head “No”
He: point to heaven
Has risen: raise hands and arms up to heaven
Just as He said: shake head “Yes”
Matthew 28: hold up ten fingers 2x and then 8 fingers
6: hold up 6 fingers

Do this a few times with the children. Make it fun for them to do the motions and say the words. Involving them in active learning is essential for memorization.

Activity: Easter Bingo

Give each child an Easter Bingo Board. Have them cut eat square out – they will be making their own cards.

Give each child a piece of construction paper and have them fold it in half 4 times – this should make 16 squares. Have them cut it so that their board is 3×3 instead of 4×4.

Have the children glue their bingo pieces anywhere on their board. This way each child’s board is different.

Cut up one bingo card for you to use as pieces to call from.

Put the Easter Bingo Cards in the basket.

The “He Has Risen!” spot is a free spot for all of the children.

Choose 1 Easter Bingo Card, say what it is and show the picture

  • Have the children find it on their cards
  • As they are finding the item – talk about what the item it and what it has to do with Easter
  • Stone – there was a stone blocking the door of Jesus’ tomb
  • Angel – the angel rolled the stone away
  • Cross – Jesus died on the cross for us
  • 3 days – Jesus rose again after 3 days
  • Crown of thorns – Jesus wore a crown of thorns on His head
  • Bread – Jesus had the Last Supper with His disciples
  • Nails – they nailed Jesus to the cross
  • Resurrection – He lives in heaven!

Continue playing until someone has three pictures in a row filled.

Evaluation:

Have the children recall the Easter story. Guide them to tell it in the correct order.


Comments

  1. says

    My husband and I had 22 little ones for Junior Church this Easter Sunday. The lesson went great! The children loved opening the resurrection eggs as we went through the story of Jesus from Palm Sunday to His resurrection. Somewhere I had read while preparing this lesson that there was a good book to read to the children…. I should have copied it down and now can’t locate it on the various sites Would anyone remember a book about a bird…. like an egret or an eerling or something? I would love to view it. Thanks so much for the support! truly appreciated!!!!

  2. Val Pollard says

    love your lessons! Thank you for making it available to all. Peace and blessings.

  3. Amy Groblewski says

    Thanks for the wonderful Easter lesson! I wanted to do something different, and we have a wide range of young to older elementary school kids. We did the hard boiled egg as an object lesson and the Eater Bingo after telling the Easter story (and making the caves with the angels in pre-class.) I was delighted to see how even the youngest children were drawn into the story. Thanks for sharing a fun and powerful lesson!

  4. Charon Scipio says

    Thanks for your post, they are very enlighting and educational and helps alot in Sunday School and Bible clubs.

  5. Carrie says

    I like to use a braid to attach the construction paper stone to the top of the tomb opening so the stone can be rolled away again and again and won’t be lost in the car on the way home!

  6. Mavis says

    I can’t seem to download the Resurrection Eggs Story Booklet! When I open the file it is just a mixed up mess. Any suggestions?

  7. kenneth akomea says

    God bless you for your commitment to save children. i have realised that this ministry is a source of blessing that people don’t know. let the Hply Spirit alone motivate you even in when you tired. i pray for you and share your experience with other teachers in the children ministry in Ghana. Bless you

  8. Sandra says

    I love your web page first of all and have used a lot of good resource from here. I do have a personal problem with mixing the truth with fairy tale. To add Easter Eggs with Resurrection. I know it is attend as fun thing because you did not change the story to add the eggs but it seems miss leading and we have all the advertiment to miss lead we should be taling the truth. With much love my brothers and sisters.

  9. Alice Goins says

    I use you study guides & craft ideas weekly. They are great, and so are you coloring pages. Thank you so much for allowing free access to you material. I once signed up for a web site that you had to pay a fee for, and I just got things I was already doing. The Easter lesson is great and so much to do.

    Thank you for your dedication to Children every where. They are our future.

  10. George Wipf says

    Thanks, dear for sharing this. I will certainly use this idea and also translate it for use in my German class as well. I will try to create a simple song for this activity.

    You and Tony are a blessing!

    Love you:) all the way from Manitoba, Canada!

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