The Easter Story --

An activity to teach children about Easter, based on the scriptures

You will need 12 plastic eggs and one of each of the following:

a sacrament cup, a dime, a piece of rope, a piece of soap, a piece of red fabric, a piece of white fabric, a nail, a die, small pebbles or dirt, a stone, spices (or potpourri)

 

If your children are of reading age, you could cut print two copies of the story and cut it into strips and put each corresponding strip into the egg and they could read the words when they open the egg.  When we do this, I hide the eggs and let them find them and then we go through them in order, and I try to bear my testimony at the end.

 

The Easter Story

(An Easter Egg Presentation from the Scriptures)

Jesus said unto her “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet he shall live; and whosoever giveth and believeth in me shall never die.  Believeth thou this?” John 11:25-26


THE FIRST EASTER

  1. Jesus knelt, prayer and sweat blood when He was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane saying “O my father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.” (Sacrament Cup)
  2. Judas pretended to be Jesus’ friend but he made wicked plans with bad men and he betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.  Judas gave Jesus a kiss so the chief priests would know which one of the men was Jesus when they were ready to grab Him. (A dime)
  3. The chief priests held a counsel against Jesus the next day.  They bound him in strong ropes and led Him away. (Piece of rope)
  4. They wanted Jesus killed and they created such a fuss that the governor, Pilate, washed his hands and then released Barabbas but kept Jesus prisoner. (piece of soap)
  5. They took off all of Jesus’ clothing and gave him a scarlet robe to wear. They called Him names and spit on Him and hit Him on the head. (a piece of red or scarlet fabric)
  6. Then they took the scarlet robe away and nailed him to a cross. They gave Him vinegar to drink and pounder nails through His feet and through His hands. (A nail)
  7. Some men cast lots (gambled) to see who would win Jesus’ clothes. (A die)
  8. Jesus cried in a loud voice just before He died. Jesus’ friends and mother who watched him suffer cried.  Then the earth began to tremble and it began to shake.  The people were so frightened because there was a big earthquake. (small rocks, pebbles or dirt)
  9. When Jesus died, a rich man named Joseph gave the friends of Jesus a tomb (a cave) to put His body in.  They wrapped Jesus’ body in white linen cloth and place it in the tomb.  (piece of white cloth)
  10. The soldiers thought Jesus’ friends might come and take His body away so they placed a big stone in front of the door to the tomb.  They left some soldiers to guard it night and day. (A stone)
  11. The next day Mary Magdalene and another Mary brought sweet spices to anoint Jesus’ body but when they arrived, the stone had been rolled away and an angel was inside the tomb.  The angel said, “Fear not, I know who are looking for inside.  You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified.” (spices)
  12. The angel told them to look inside and they could see the tomb where Jesus had lain was empty.  Remember that before Jesus died, He said that He would rise again three days after He died.  He was resurrected, He was alive again and He walked and talked with His friends once more.  (Empty Egg)

Jesus was resurrected on the first Easter long ago.  Easter is a happy time for everyone we know. On Easter, we might think about Jesus if we find an empty egg in our baskets.