Celebrating Easter With Children

Easter can be a pivotal moment in a child’s faith as they participate in celebrations and begin formulating an understanding of the profound theological importance of this holiday. While the Easter story of Christ’s resurrection is familiar to many, it can be difficult or troubling to explain to a child. As Easter nears, pause to create a plan for how and when you will introduce or revisit the story of Easter with your child(ren).

Here are some suggestions.

1. First, be sure you understand the story.

  • The Passover Supper & Jesus Washes Feet – John 13:1-5
  • Jesus’ Arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane – John 18:1-8
  • Jesus Is Tried & Beaten – John 19:1-6a
  • His Crucifixion – John 19:17-24
  • Jesus’ Death – John 19:28-30
  • His Burial – John 19:38-42
  • The Resurrection of Jesus Christ – John 20:1-8

2. Decide on when you will share the story with your child(ren). Put it on the calendar and set special time aside for it.

3. You can tell the story in your own words, read from the Bible, or show them a child-friendly overview.

4. Take time to answer questions, and explain the parts they struggle to understand.

5. Some children learn visually, tangibly or by using their hands through experiential learning and will benefit from music, crafts, baking projects or visual explanation. Get creative, learning about Jesus and the Bible can be FUN and theological!

6. Turn learning this story into a special family memory.

7. Most importantly, remind them of the most important aspect of Jesus’ resurrection. Even though He went through a painful death, He overcame the power of death and LIVES! Not even death could beat Jesus. Because of His great sacrifice on the cross, we can now experience salvation and eternal life with Jesus!

8. Take a look at how families around the world celebrate Easter.