This short video is worth watching to the end. it brings a different perspective to the crucifixion of Jesus.
Here's a few Bible verses for young children I set to well known tunes. I came up with these as part of a Forty Days Of Purpose children's program.
Mark 12:30 ( Tune: Row, row, row your boat)
Love, love, love the Lord,
Love the Lord your God-
With all your heart
With all your soul
With all your mind and strength.
Ephesians 2:10 ( Tune: If you're happy and you know it)
We are God's workmanship
Created in Jesus Christ
to do good works
which God has prepared
in advance for us to do.
Romans 12.5 ( There's a hole in the bucket)
So, in Christ we who are many -
form one body and each member
in Christ everybody
belongs to the rest.
Act 1 A story of Creation
Act 2 The Fall - Creation spoiled
Act 3 Israel- God shapes a people
Act 4 The story of Jesus - God sends his Son
Act 5 The story of the Early Church- Good News for all (> US)
Act 6 The story of the End Times - Creation completely restored
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.
I found a wonderful series of pictures which tell the story of Jesus' death and resurrection. They are free to download and use.
Free Easter Pictures set (16 pictures)
FEEDING 5000 (John chapter 6)
(Invite children to join in the counting parts of the rhyme)
1, 2 ... two small fish. (Not much of a dish)
PLUS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... five loaves of bread.
"That's all I have!" The small boy said.
No shops to stop. No place to buy,
Then Jesus prayed, please multiply
Till every mouth had fish and bread.
Amazed that all the crowd was fed.
1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000...
People, sat on a hill
And saw Jesus add up a miracle.
©Don Stott Eliab.com
Don Stott- Aussie teacher, pastor and children's worker.