Teaching Easter to Little Children

Apr 3, 2010 by

~by Amanda

Over the years I have been taught the story of Easter time and time again. As years pass, my understanding deepens. I have pondered it, and prayed about it.  I have read it, and listened to prophets and apostles speak about it.  I have taught lessons to young women about it. I know about the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us. I know about His time in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal of His friends. I continue to be amazed at Christ’s ability to say, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” I understand that His sacrifice makes it possible for us all to be resurrected and to live with our families again after death.

Each year, as Easter approaches, I do different things to help me remember Jesus Christ and His sacrifice.  I like to read the story of His death and resurrection in the Bible.  We own a couple of children’s books that I read with my children.  We have an animated DVD that we watch with the kids.  I like to watch this video featuring Jeffrey R. Holland entitled, An Apostle’s Easter Thoughts on Christ:

This year, as Easter comes closer, I am thinking about my children.  Am I doing enough to teach them? Do they understand the story? How can I better teach them the meaning of Jesus’ death?  Through the Holy Ghost, I am reminded that they learn through repetition.  Each year, their understand will deepen just as mine has over the years.

Years ago my mother gave me a kit to use at Easter time to help the kids understand.  I plan to spend a few quiet minutes with them reading through the text and sharing what I believe. The kit contains twelve plastic eggs and inside each egg is an important part of the story – a sacrament cup to signify when Jesus prayed and asked, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass by me”; a nail to signify the nails that were pounded through His hands and feet; a piece of white cloth to signify the cloth that was placed in the tomb with the body of Christ, and a stone to represent the boulder placed over the opening of the tomb.

The final egg is empty. It is to remind us of when the angel told Mary Magdalene and another Mary to look inside the tomb, where they would see that it was empty. For Jesus had been resurrected, He was alive again. He walked and talked with His friends once more.

I have a testimony of this. I know that our Savior, Jesus Christ, was crucified for us. I know that He gave His life, so that we may live again. I know that He paid the price for our sins. I know that He was resurrected on that third day.

If you would like a copy of the words and a list of things to fill your own plastic eggs with, please go to this Google Doc.

25 Comments

  1. jess

    I stumbled upon this site looking for the Easter cookie idea…I love this idea as well!! Thanks for the inspiration. I am sort of new to the church and have lots to learn. This year my goal is to add Jesus to our Easter celebration! I would love a copy of the words to this activity! Thanks again!!

  2. Goody Scrivener

    I would love a set of instructions for the Easter eggs. We are new to the Church and my special-needs daughter learns much better with visuals.

  3. Diane

    I would love a copy of this to share with my grandkids!

  4. Michelle

    I would love it if you emailed me that words for this. I did something like this this year, but the contents of the eggs were a little different. I would like to compare and then decide which are better. Thanks!

  5. Carin

    What a great idea! I have heard of it before but never done it. Could you send this to me? I would love to do this with my kids.

  6. Thanks for your simple and powerful words about Easter. I think you’re right, we do need to carefully find good ways to teach our children about this great celebration of Christ.

  7. Stephanie

    Such a simple and wonderful way to teach an important subject to our children and review with adults!! I would love to do this with my family!! Thanks for sharing

  8. Amanda McCarty

    I think this is a brilliant idea! I would love to have a copy of this to teach my young children. Thanks.

  9. Judy

    I would love a copy so I can make this for my granddaughter. Thank you so much!

  10. Cassie

    I would love a copy of this! What a great idea!

  11. Sandy

    Thanks for the wonderful ideas and love of our Savior.

  12. Mandi

    I would love a copy too! Thanks so much!

  13. Cheryl

    I would love a copy too!

  14. Hi Amanda. I loved this idea. Could I have the instructions? Hugs from Brazil.

  15. Barbara Stringham

    I would like a copy of this to do for my grandchildren at Easter. Thank you for sharing this with others!!

  16. Lori Feghali

    I know this is a year late, but I am teaching a lesson on Wednesday (April 6, 2011) and would love a copy fo this. Thank you.

  17. Just found this and posted a link to it on my blog. I would love the entire list this years.

    Thanks!

  18. Dezi A

    I too would love a copy of this! (If it’s not too late.)
    Thanks!
    sethdeziATgmailDOTcom

  19. Taitum

    I remember doing this as a FHE when I was younger. But have not been able to find it. I would love to have it again for my children. Thank you.

  20. Jen

    What a great idea! I would love to have a copy. Thanks!

  21. mormonwomen

    Hi all, please look for the post for April 12 — we’ve shared this activity via Google docs!

  22. Tami Evans

    Oh my I would LOVE a copy! I am thinking about making extra’s for the laddies I visit teach.

  23. james

    I love JESUS And I belive him

  24. ana

    I was a primary President at Bigham Creek ward , west jordan , my first counselor brought up this activity and we had a great success~!.. now I am an achievement day teacher down in Cerritos 2nd ward in California and I could not remembered everything that I needed, so I was going to contact Sister Ivory, but then I thought it may have been in google, and surprise! , I am so glad , and what a blessing to have find it, our spanish ward will have it for the first time , and hope to become a tradition.. thanks for sharing. this is incredible awesome… sincerely yours:)

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