Like most of my kidmin friends, the weeks leading up to Easter kept us busy. They were action-packed – extra services, egg hunts – lots to do to help children and families celebrate our Savior’s Resurrection.
Here are a few things we did for Easter:
EASTER EGG HUNT
On Saturday, April 12, we welcomed children and families into our building for a morning of games, prizes, egg hunting, candy (lots of candy actually!), refreshments and Journey to Easter stations, which chronicled the last week of Jesus’ life. Each station had a skit that helped the children understand the Easter story better. The children also completed a progressive craft as they traveled to each station. What makes this time so special is that many children hear the true meaning of Easter for the first time during this event, which is why we put a lot of attention into this particular area.
Here are a few pictures:
On Palm Sunday, our preschoolers and elementary children learned about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. We marked the celebration with our very own palm parade – our very first palm parade! Our elementary children and preteens created a human pathway for our preschoolers to parade through while everyone waved palm leaves. The children paraded through our elementary area to Israel Houghton’s “You are Good”. It was such a fun time!
Here are a few pics:
On Easter Sunday, I decided to change things up a bit in our elementary area. Because some of our leaders were going to be away, we designed the morning’s schedule to look a little different. We had 4 activity stations for the children to choose from when they arrived: a coloring page area (for younger ones); a craft area; and 2 game areas (we used one game from our printed material and one Easter Minute-to-Win-It game – that was a BIG hit!).
We then had our large group worship time but we set up chairs for the children – they usually sit on the floor. Having the chairs changed the atmosphere and allowed the children to focus a lot better, so we might continue to set up chairs each week.
After worship, we had our large group teaching time, followed by a game and then a snack. The snack was a real treat because we don’t serve snack every week. We had the children construct edible tomb snacks (you can find the directions here).
It was a great morning and a sweet way to end Holy Week.
How was your Easter? Did you try anything new this year? I’d love to hear about it!