I have just created a blog for the children and families from our church to help keep connected during the Covid crisis. Check out the Easter videos and activities.
Easter Pass the Parcel
A variation on the well known game.
This is played in the same way as at children’s parties except you have a number of parcels circulating according to the size of your group (say one parcel per ten children).
Get everyone into a large circle and give out the parcels with an even number of people between each. Then as the music is played, the parcels are passed around the room from one person to the next as quickly as possible.
When the music stops the people holding the parcel can unwrap one layer of paper. Make sure each parcel is unwrapped to exactly the same point. This way the game will finish with the three or four people getting to the centre at the same time.
For Easter – Between the layers place: a palm cross (talk about why we have a cross on the top on hot cross buns or why people wear crosses around their necks) , an Easter card( What would you write about Easter in a card to a friend ?), a large nail (Jesus didn’t deserve to die -crucifixion), an easter egg (tomb), a clean sheet of paper (nothing on it- Jesus forgave our sins) . The gift could be a a small box of chocolates (celebrate that Jesus is alive).
Use the items to recap the Easter story.
First give each child a deflated balloon. Each time the leader pauses in the following prayer invite the children to blow gently into their balloons. Get them to hold them carefully but not tie them.
Now say this prayer ( or use your own), pausing at the end of each line.
" Thank you, God, that you are with us always.
Thank you for the Holy Spirit, who gives us power to live our lives for you.
Help us to follow you this week and to do the things you want us to do at home, at school, and with our friends."
Finally invite the children to call out "Thank you God!" and let their balloons go. You may like to give them another balloon to blow up and take home. Write on it in 'texta' pen, 'God is with me."( As a reminder of God's presence and power for them this week).
Don Stott- Aussie teacher, pastor and children's worker.