When it comes to the Easter holiday, the death and resurrection of Jesus is the very reason for the season, but how do you teach the story and concept to a child? Get ready for April 20 with these three family activities that teach children about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1. Read about the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
As a family, be sure to spend time in God’s Word reading the story of Jesus Christ’s final week on Earth and reflecting on what He has done for us in conquering death and saving us.

The Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday) - Matthew 21:1-11
The Crucifixion - Matthew 27:31-32, Mark 15:20-40
Jesus speaks during the Crucifixion - Luke 23:26-49, John 19:17-30
Jesus is buried and is raised. - John 19:31-42, Matthew 27:59-28:8
The Empty Tomb - John 20:1-18
Jesus appears to many. - Luke 24:13-53, John 20:19-21:25, Acts 1:4-11, 1 Corinthians 15:6-8

2. Learn an Easter Poem Together.
Charlene Dickerson’s poem about the rainbow of God’s love is short and simple enough for most children to learn and recite.

Resurrection Story Cookies“The Jelly Bean Prayer”
Red is for the blood Christ gave.
Green is for the grass he made.
Yellow is for God's light so bright.
Orange is for the edge at 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 a new tomorrow.

A bag full of colors,
Simple and sweet
Reminds us of the reasons
He makes our life so complete.
Amen.

3. Make Resurrection Story Cookies.
Celebrate Easter with this kid-friendly recipe that not only fills up tummies with tasty treats, but also teaches about the hope we have as Christians in our risen Savior, Jesus Christ.

What are your family’s Easter traditions?