Five Ways to Prepare Children for Easter

Easter is a glorious day when we celebrate together the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Children get excited on Easter, but sometimes they don’t always understand what Easter is about. Read below about five ways that we can prepare children for Easter.

Mother reading Bible to son

1. Explain Why Jesus Came to Earth

First of all, children won’t truly appreciate Easter until they understand the reason Christ came to earth in the first place. The whole point of Jesus living on the earth was so that He could save us by dying on the cross. Spend time with your children talking about why Jesus came to earth, and how His sacrifice made it possible for us to be saved from our sin. Depending on the ages of your children, you may want to discuss further what sin is and why we need to be saved. By helping them understand the need for His sacrifice, they will begin to understand why the resurrection is so important.

2. Describe Victory Over Death

Death is a scary thing for many people, including children. When we talk about Jesus’ death and resurrection, we need to take time to talk to our children about how we don’t need to be scared of death, thanks to Jesus! He showed His victory over death, and tells us that we can have eternal life with Him if we follow Him. Explaining to children that we don’t need to be afraid of death, thanks to Jesus, will help them realize more that Easter is a celebration and thanksgiving for what Christ has done for us as we worship Him for who He is.

3. Communicate the Significance of Communion

Another way that you can prepare children for Easter is to explain to them the significance of communion. Share with them about what communion is and why Christians do it. When children see us partake in communion regularly, they are seeing us remember Christ and express our gratitude for what He has done. If your children don’t understand communion, take time to explain it to them and share how Christians reflect regularly on what Christ has done. This will help them understand that Christians don’t just remember Christ’s sacrifice on Easter, but also throughout the whole year!

4. Read the Story of the Resurrection

Each of the last few things listed are ways that you can help your children understand that Easter is much more than just one day of celebration and thanksgiving. When it comes to actually preparing them for Easter (possibly the week or month before), take the time to read the story of the resurrection to your children. Read each of the witness’ accounts of the resurrected Jesus and the angels at the tomb. Many of our children have heard the Easter story, but have never actually heard the Biblical account. Take time to read the story to your children before Easter and answer any questions that come up.

5. Go Over the Gospel

If you want to truly prepare your children for Easter, sit down together as a family and share the Gospel with them. Start with the story of creation, explain man’s need for a Savior, and then share about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Nothing could prepare your children more for an Easter celebration than the power of the Gospel!


 

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Steven KnightSteven Knight has been serving in children’s ministry for over 10 years and is an experienced speaker, author, and workshop presenter. He is blessed to be married to his college sweetheart, Katie. His passion is two-fold: to evangelize and disciple children, and to train and equip children’s ministry leaders, all for the glory of God. He loves to share relevant articles and ministry tools with others on his blog, KidminTools.com.

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Faye Brown
Faye Brown

Wonderful idea everyday. Share about our risen Lord.

Nita Zabo
Nita Zabo

Have you ever considered celebrating Passover?

Katie Nelson
Katie Nelson

We do resurrection eggs and devotionals everyday, watch WITB and Superbook, and have other fun activities, like making a resurrection garden. Fellowship and family Bible time during the Lenten season ❤

flashgorden
flashgorden

Here is a thought or 3: Why do people get all over the semantics of holiday terminology, terribly ruffled at the idea of the the possible pagan roots of a day a Christian celebration, coincidentally or not, shares? Why do they solemnly stand against celebrating those days, even looking down their noses at other 'un-spiritual' people who celebrate them? Yet, examining further one sees those same people have no problem with the outright wicked, devilish roots of rock/pop/alternative music, being used in Christian worship/ homes by just plastering 'godlyish' words on the same old Diablo beat ( traditionally used by nearly every pagan culture in summoning up the spirits)? There is no private or public outcry over the adopting of worldly culture in every other way like choice of entertainment (dancing, drinking, violent sports, movie theaters, now even weed, etc.traditionally used in all pagan cultures for worship to false gods - of course not movies, but the equivalent in their day, etc.)? They don't react to horribly sensual, revealing fashion (traditionally used in all pagan cultures for worship to false gods in nasty perverted ways)? They, by putting comfort, convenience, and cost over principle, default to supporting companies who are openly and emphatically against traditionally understood Biblical morality, who favor abortion, push GLBT, etc?.... I smell the definite stench of hypocrisy, and picture a camel being shoved through the eye of a needle - whatever your personal interpretation of that phrase means also - oh wait, the Bible isn't supposed to be subjected to private interpretation...hmmm. Could it be that modern scholars who emphasis 'grace' (a word they have twisted to mean a nonchalant attitude and un-scriptural tolerance of sin) and call long understood standards of godly living 'legalism' (a word which they have also twisted as it actually refers to performing some kind of works to appease the laws of God and therefore win salvation - totally different from holding to conservative standards) are no scholars at all? Could these smooth talkers be wolves in sheep's clothing attempting to 'turn the grace of God into lasciviousness' and pervert the work of God by coming up with 'new doctrines' for their own monetary gain which lure away simple people (simple = not experienced in the Christian walk, not stupid) who 'don't have the time' to seriously study it out for themselves? A simple test: if called into question, a true scholar will dig deeper in the Word and consider the possibility they could be mistaken or flawed in their understanding. A wolf will get their back up and resort to slinging mud, and other such tactics. I am not trying to start a fight or be cantankerous, but can we quit patting ourselves on the back about insignificant things and address the major apostacy we are seeing instead? The Devil comes to kill, steal, destroy. He is the Father of lies. These lies are usually 98% truth with a bit of poison sprinkled in that changes it all. It is time for judgement to begin at the house of God, and if we would judge ourselves, we wouldn't need God to chasten us as much. Plow up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord... Resurrection Sunday / Easter would be a great day to see a revival of honestly putting God back in His rightful place as Lord of all.

Lablover
Lablover

That fact that many of our Christian holidays have some pagan roots makes no difference to me because I am not celebrating pagan things or gods.  I am celebrating the one true God that created this universe and came to ultimately redeem all things.  Whatever you want to call it is Resurrection Day of our God who came to earth in human form to give the perfect sacrifice for sin and show that he has the power to conquer both sin and death.  No other person or  "god" has done that!  

flashgorden
flashgorden

The word Easter does appear in the KJV.

Gianni Cocilova
Gianni Cocilova

If you study ancient gods you'd be surprised how many things are similar to Christianity. Just because it ain't in the bible it doesn't mean it's bad. Christian Easter has nothing to do with paganism. Inform yourself guys. The word bible isn't in the bible.

Kahsi Lawson
Kahsi Lawson

Easter is not ever mentioned in the bible as it is a pagan holiday for a pagan goddess of fertility. If you do your research you will find that all if the holidays we celebrate in the United States have pagan roots. We cannot serve God and this world.

Rachel Whitman
Rachel Whitman

Mark McKenzie, I'm with you. Easter is pagan. We should not celebrate it at all. We don't celebrate Easter, Christmas, Halloween or any of those pagan man made holidays

Hope Hamlin
Hope Hamlin

Get a simple children's picture book of Jesus or kid's picture bible. Keep it simple.

J_D
J_D

I'm sure it was innocent, but surely I'm not the only one who glossed over the choice of the black puppet for "Coloring Pages". 

Gianni Cocilova
Gianni Cocilova

Kelly is there other similarities between other pagan gods and Christianity ?

Teresa Stevens
Teresa Stevens

My son read his bible everday after school all kids should read the bible

Kelly Grimes
Kelly Grimes

We call the day we celebrate Jesus rising from death, "ResurrectionDay". Easter is a pagan goddess. After all the studying I've done, I still don't understand why Christian's insist on calling it Easter.

Michael Adjei
Michael Adjei

...and does the bible say lshtar is Christian in the first place?