Experience Easter - Sunday School Lesson for Kids

The past couple of years, my co-teachers and I have used the Resurrection Eggs to share the events and significance of Christ's passion and Easter Sunday. We really like that lesson, but I knew last year it would not work (and probably not this year either). We have several kids who physically cannot sit still for any long period of time and others who are easily distracted.

The lesson I came up with to use instead last year went better than I could have hoped. I think God really used it to make a lasting impression on several of the kids in my class. Teachers and ministers know that doesn't happen as often as we'd like. So, I decided to share with you the lesson in hopes that God will use it in your class and church as well.

FREE Easter/Resurrection Sunday School Lesson for Kids

First let's look at a quick overview. Then we'll break down each of the pieces.

There is a bit of prep time creating the tomb, but the lesson itself (#2-9 below) only took about 30 minutes.

  1. Activity pages at the tables
  2. Maps, Timeline, Main Point
  3. Bags of Rocks
  4. At the Cross
  5. What about Saturday?
  6. Prayer Wall
  7. Empty Tomb Re-enactment
  8. Gospel
  9. Pray/Lay Your Burden Down
  10. Review Game
  11. Bit o' Fun

Here's the breakdown of the lesson. Feel free to tweak it to fit your group.

1. Activity pages at the tables

We do this every Sunday as the kids arrive. It gives early kids something to do while the kids who come later can just take it home to do. For this Resurrection Sunday lesson, we just used the Easter handout from our Sunday School curriculum, but there are other great coloring and activity pages available online. DLTK Kids, Kidology, and Ministry-To-Children are excellent places to begin looking for handouts or worksheets.

2. Maps, Timeline, Review Main Point

We try to review these things every week. We review where Israel (or wherever the lesson is set) is on the world map and on the Middle East map. We also have a huge timeline posted under the bulletin board that shows Bible events from Creation through when the book of Revelation was written. Looking at this timeline, we review the following events in order: Creation, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, the Exile, the prophets, the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and Paul's missionary journeys. Then I keep going and show where we would be, sitting in this classroom today, if the timeline continued. For younger kids (like my 2nd graders), I'd recommend this 10' Bible timeline poster from Rose Publishing. I really like this Bible Timeline Wall Chart as well (also from Rose Publishing), but it was too much for my younger kids. I highly recommend it for upper elementary, youth, and adults. A written Main Point (even if it's handwritten on the white board) is a very important teaching tool. This is the main point of today's lesson. We try to say it a lot and have the kids repeat it back to us. If a main idea is not provided in your curriculum, ask yourself this question: What ONE THING do I want the kids to remember from today's lesson? That is your main point.
Our main point for this Easter/Resurrection Sunday lesson came right out of our curriculum. "Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin and He is alive."

3. Bags of Rocks

Each child got one gift bag and three rocks to carry throughout the tour. Kids had to stand for the whole tour and not put down their bags. (Hint: The bags of rocks symbolize our burdens and sins. Shh! Don't tell. Just give the pat answer when asked: "You'll find out.") Yes, this may sound scary for a group of active boys like are in our class. We did have quite a bit of playing with the bags as kids got them and put in their rocks. We also had kids asking to put them down by the end. Encourage them to stay standing and holding their bag of rocks. Any that fall out of a ripped bag must still be carried with the rest.

4. At the Cross

We had a poster with a hand-drawn cross on the wall. Here we read

11. Bit o' Fun

The rest of the hour and fifteen minute Sunday school time, we played a review game, made paper airplanes, and tried to throw them into the empty tomb. Not exactly biblical, but it sure was fun! (It also helped to burn off some of that pent up energy.) Be sure to tell each child how glad you were to see them as they leave. Connect also with the parents, inviting them back next week.
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