Teaching kids about Easter can be challenging. Easter holiday is much like other Christian holidays because there are cultural traditions as well as Christian traditions, and two don’t always make sense how they go together.
Kids wonder what makes “Good Friday” good? What’s the connection between the Easter bunny and the Easter story? Why can’t we hide hard-boiled eggs in the house anymore? (OK, that’s my question from when I was a kid!)
In helping kids understand why this holiday is so important to our faith, here are 4 pointers to help you prepare for teaching kids about Easter.
- Use age appropriate terms as you talk about Jesus’ death on the cross. Going into gory details with young kids can scare them, or possibly just take the attention off the main point by getting them caught up in the physical details.
- Talk about the gospel. In explaining the “what” of Easter, never leave out the “why.” Through the sacrifice of Jesus death on the Cross and his resurrection, God made a way for us to have a relationship with Him!
- Include the resurrection. Sometimes I’ve heard leaders emphasize how Jesus died for our sins … but without the resurrection of Jesus, the cross means nothing.
- It’s fine to celebrate culture, but don’t let it crowd out the reason for Easter. My daughter and I will be hiding Easter eggs for the 2 weeks before Easter, and probably the 2 weeks after easter, but we also talk about how this is a fun game, but celebrating Easter is more about the things of God and how Jesus rose from the dead.
Also, check out these cool coloring pages from Lifeway Kids that you can use this Wednesday or Sunday with your preschoolers and kids at church.