We build a tomb from blocks or Legos and place a picture of Jesus inside. We talk about how Jesus was placed in the tomb after He died on the cross. We bring in a large rock from outside. Let a child pretend to be a Roman soldier and block the door to the tomb with the rock. Talk about how Jesus said He would rise again in 3 days. Count together 1-2-3! Let a child be an angel and roll the rock away. Take Jesus out – He is alive! Sing “God’s not dead, NO! He is alive. God’s not dead, NO! He is alive. God’s not dead, NO! He is alive. I know, He’s living in me.
A beautiful door or bulletin board decoration. Cut white paper the length necessary for door or bulletin board. Draw a long window with pencil shaped long with arch at the top. Similar to stained glass window in Church. Using your pencil make puzzle like shapes in the window. Let the children paint the shapes. After it has dried, use black paint and follow the pencil lines you drew. Allow this to dry and then hang on your door or board. Cut a brown cross from construction paper and put in the center of the window. You can also let the children make a flower during art to put at the bottom of the window with their names on them. I made Calla Lilies to give it a 3-D effect. Across the top, I put the words: He Lives! It has been a huge success!
The week before Easter, the 4-year old teaching staff at my Christian preschool likes to send home a jellybean treat and the following poem.
The Jelly Bean Prayer
RED is for the blood He gave.
GREEN is for the grass He made.
YELLOW is for the sun so bright.
ORANGE is for the edge of night.
BLACK is for the sins we made.
WHITE is for the grace He gave.
PURPLE is for HIS hour of sorrow.
Pink is for our new tomorrow.
A bag full of Jelly Beans, Colorful and sweet. Is a prayer, is a promise, Is a friend’s small treat.
You can purchase jelly beans by color and wrap them yourselves. Last year I bought the prepackaged ones at the grocery store and just attached the poem. Pass it on!