The Easter Story on a Plate
Tell the Easter Story on a paper plate
Here is another way to share the Easter Story with your kids through craft.
For ages 3+ (adapt the questions according to their age).
You will need:
Pastels (or your art material of choice- paints/pencils/markers)
Draw the cross at the top and ask the kiddos how many people were on a cross at the same time as Jesus?
Draw 2 other crosses - one side by side. Remind them that one criminal was mocking Jesus, and the other saw he was Lord. Ask the kids if they remember what he said.
”Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” And Jesus said to him,“Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:42-43
Draw the hills, the grass and land in the middle until about half way. Talk about what happened when Jesus died. Do they know what happened to the ground? To the sky? Ask them why they think these things happened.
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 22:44-46
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split. Matthew 27:51
Draw the tomb in grey. (Not the stone) Talk about Jesus being God and man. He had a family, and friends and people who were sad and wanted to take care of him. But he had to die as he was the only human who had never sinned, his heart was holy and pure, because he was God’s Son.
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who himself was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. So Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut into the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance to the tomb and went away. Matthew 27:57-60
The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment. Luke 23:55-56
Draw the sky - talk about time passing, Jesus being dead in the grave for 3 days. Draw a sunrise and talk about the sun rising on the 3rd day, just as the Son of God was rising from the dead, and coming back to life. The God who made the sun, the sky, the earth and all creation, was not dead, but by his infinite power he was alive.
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. Matthew 28:1
Draw the stone next to the tomb, the stone was rolled away. Draw it in a different shade of grey. I chose a darker color for the stone but you could do a darker one for the tomb. It doesn’t matter as long as you can distinguish them. Talk about the empty tomb, and the women returning to look after (anoint) Jesus’ body with oils and spices. They were wondering how they’d move the stone (Mark 2) so they could access Jesus, but what did they find when they arrived?
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Luke 24:1-6
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, rolled away the stone, and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards trembled in fear of him and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said! Come, see the place where He lay. Matthew 28:1-7
Draw the light shining out from the tomb. The angel was in light. Jesus was the Light of the World and had come to bring new life and light into people’s hearts - to take away the darkness of sin and sickness, pain and separation between people and God. Just as the tomb was empty where death had been, he wants to empty our hearts of darkness and sin and make us new. Jesus was risen and alive! We can be too! How would you like Jesus to make you new? What do you want him to take out and put in your heart?
Mary didn’t recognise him at first, until he said her name. Ask the kids, if they’ve heard God’s voice. Pray together to hear Jesus calling your name again, and give your sin and darkness into his hands, so he can replace it with His light. The lightness of forgiveness and peace.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). John 20:15-17
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” John 20:26
Enjoy listening to their questions and answers, and encourage prayers of their own at the end.