Featured Folder: “Jesus Is Alive!”

For young children, Easter is a time of joy and wonder as they see the people around them celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. It’s hard for a child to understand death, and there may be some fear associated with the concept of death. So for a young child, the story of Jesus’ death is best told gently and sensitively, quickly followed by the story of his resurrection. See page 3 for a suggestion on telling about the meaning of Jesus’ death.

Theme Scripture: “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son.” John 3:16 (ICB) Help the children remember this verse by singing it to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Unit Goals: By the end of this unit, the child should:
• Know that Jesus died for our sins and came back to life again.
• Feel happy that Jesus is alive and will live forever.
• Praise and worship God as part of celebrating his Son’s resurrection.

Bible Stories
• Jesus Rides into Jerusalem on a Donkey (Matthew 21:1-11) Focus: The people praised Jesus.
• Jesus Eats the Last Supper with the Disciples (Matthew 26:17-30, I Corinthians 11:23-26) Focus: The juice and the flat bread help us remember Jesus.
• Jesus Dies and Comes Back to Life (Matthew 27:32-28:10) Focus: Jesus was killed on a cross but came back to life.
• Jesus Meets Friends on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) Focus: The sad men were happy when they saw Jesus alive.

Art Activities:
-Palm Leaves
-Communion Cup Print
-Sponge-Painted Cross
-Foil Footprints

Science Activities:
-Looking at Leaves
-Memory Bag
-Sprouting
-Who Is It?

Cooking:
-Happy Face Biscuits
-Unleavened Bread
-Bread Stick Crosses
-Cinnamon Hearts

Music & Movement:
-See the Little Donkey
-Going to Town
-Everyone is Glad!
-Early in the Morning

Games:
-Tiptoe Praise
-What’s New? What’s Missing?
-Down the Road

This folder is designed to give you the ideas you need to teach a unit about helping. Mix and match the activities you want with the stories suggested, and enjoy!

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