Easter Sunday

Children Activities – Easter

Children Activities – Easter

Children Activities – Easter


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Catholic Resources


The readings for Easter celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Easter is actually an octave, lasting eight days.


  • Death is not the final word
  • God never abandons us
  • New life from death
  • How Easter must change our hearts

SOURCE: Young Catholics

Flower & Butterfly

SOURCE:  Catholic Children’s Liturgy Program Plans (Used worldwide since 2000)

PDF Handouts

Society of Christian Doctrine (SDC)
S.D.C. is a Catholic Society in the United Kingdom that works in the field of Catechesis and the spreading of the Word of God in different ways. Its website provides catechists and teachers with free resources that can be used in different situations to help passing on the faith to others.

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Catholic Kids Bulletin
SOURCE: The Kids’ Bulletin: A fun way for Catholic kids to learn about the Faith every week.
SOURCE: Diocese of Salford Office for Liturgy

Liturgical Activities



SOURCE: the Liturgy Centre, Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Click to download PDF

Family Activities

  • Easter is a time to celebrate new life. Plan an Easter egg hunt for all ages of the family. Fill plastic eggs with candy and put slips of paper containing uplifting Bible verses in some of the eggs. Have anyone who finds an egg with a Bible verse open it up and share what is written on the slip of paper.
  • Decorate an Easter candle to reflect the resurrection of Jesus. Let everyone contribute in some way. Use the candle as a table centerpiece and light it every evening during the Easter Season.
  • Make Easter bread together as a family. Before placing the bread in the oven, thank God for sending Jesus and for all of the blessings bestowed on your family.
  • Color Easter eggs as a family and discuss their meaning. Point out that an egg is hard like a tomb but it also gives new life. As the activity is in process, discuss what is new in your life.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor: Lifelong Catechesis

Word Sunday

Preparing Your House for Easter

Easter is a time of new life. Flowers bloom, the grass is green, the birds now chirp in the air. Spring is here (or is just around the corner). Everything seems to be so new, so fresh.

Many families open the house for a good spring airing. Some throughly clean the house and bring in new plants this time of year. In your preparations for Easter, involve your family in the cleaning and decoration. What can you bring into your home that is new and fresh? Discuss the matter with your family. Then share Matthew 28:1-10 Point to the Risen Jesus as someone completely renewed and fresh. But, unlike the plants or decorations we bring into our homes, Jesus will never die again.

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Burial and Resurrection of Jesus

10_Burial and ResurrectionScripture Reference:
Matthew 27:50-28:15 .  Mark 15:42- 16:14
John 19:38-20:31  .  Luke 23:50-24:44

Suggested Emphasis: Even though everything was bad — God made it good. He can do the same for us when things are bad. 

Memory Verse: For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. Romans 6:9 (NIV)


SOURCE: Mission Bible Class by Mary Nelson ©2011-2022, used by permission


Free Printable Bible Lessons

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Free printable at home Bible lesson



Free Sunday School Curriculum New Testament Lessons | Old Testament Lessons

Preschool Lesson Packet (16 pages – PDF)

MATT D’ANTUONO (6:14) – This video is a reading and reflection on the Sunday Gospel for kids for Easter, 2022. Matt is a high school teacher, a Catholic speaker and author of several books. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and eight children. He is working on a MA in philosophy specializing in Christian Wisdom from Holy Apostles College in Cromwell, CT. He blogs regularly at National Catholic Register.

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Easter Eggs Object Lesson for kids

KIDS ENJOYING EASTER (9:33) – This free Easter egg object lesson for kids uses an interactive matching game to teach kids that Jesus is alive! During this Easter lesson kids will see pictures of animal eggs and learn some of the history behind Easter eggs while they hear the true story of Christ’s death and resurrection! Kids will enjoy seeing pictures of eggs from dinosaurs, butterflies, frogs, and more as they guess which animal came from each egg. Download a free printable copy of this Easter eggs object lesson for kids.

Use your own judgment in adapting Lesson when including it in your children’s ministry.
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Easter Special!

VIRTUAL SUNDAY SCHOOL (8:16) – Today we’re looking at Easter – from Good Friday – Easter Sunday!

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SBC Kids (9:48) – Happy Easter Sunday from Sierra Bible Children’s Ministries! We wish we could be celebrating Resurrection Sunday with you in person but we hope you enjoy this video until we can meet again.

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CROSSROADS KID’S CLUB (18:12)The Easter story is full of Easter eggs you probably missed! Join Chris on a wild ride through all the crazy events leading up to Jesus’ death….and resurrection! After you’ve watched the video, use these convo starters to talk about it. Plus, find coloring pages and activity sheets here: https://rb.gy/h7yvf9.

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MINISTRY TO CHILDREN (13:57) -Easter is here! It’s always fun to celebrate this spring holiday with crafts that feature the typical chicks, flowers, or bunnies…but even more important is recalling the glory of the resurrection! Jesus came back to life after being crucified. This is our great hope and joy, on Easter and always. Here are a couple of creative ideas to celebrate Easter. A “sensory cross” uses a variety of decorations on a cross to recall Christ’s sacrifice. A “New Life Butterfly” symbolizes the resurrection with a happily colorful butterfly.

Use your own judgment in adapting Lesson when including it in your children’s ministry.
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DOLLAR STORE CHILDREN’S SERMONS (5:24) -This video is presented by John Stevens, a Lutheran (ECLA) pastor; Use your own judgment in adapting it when including it in your children’s ministry.

Text: Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-18

Dollar Store Item: Foam Sheets, Deck of Crass, Gum, Paper Bags, Empty Eggs

Take Away: New Life starts today! One side of the tomb is death, and the other side is life! The tomb is empty. Christ is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed.


Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Making the Connection


Grades 1-3
Although the disciples are slow to recognize the significance of Jesus’ empty tomb, they come to realize that Christ is still with them. Help younger children understand that we feel joy at Easter because Jesus has given us the gift of salvation and the peace that comes in knowing we can be saved.


Making the Connection


Grades 4-6
During Lent we invited our young people to reflect upon and enter into the Paschal Mystery through their Lenten sacrifices of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. Now we must invite the children to reflect and meditate on Jesus’ Resurrection and the gift of eternal life that he gives to us.


Making the Connection


Grades 7 and 8
During Lent we invited our young people to reflect on the Paschal Mystery by their Lenten sacrifices of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. Now we invite them to reflect on Jesus’ Resurrection and the gift of eternal life that he gives to us.


Lectionary Resources

Catechist Background and Preparation
Primary Session
Intermediate Session
Junior High School

Catholic Doctrine

“On the third day he rose again, in fulfillment of the scriptures…”

PRIMARY SESSION – The resurrection of Jesus reveals God’s great love for us. That powerful Divine love did not end with the death of Jesus on the cross. Rather, God broke the chains of death forever and raised Jesus to new life. The resurrected Jesus is present with us even now. His light shines throughout the world. We believe that God raised Jesus from death to new life. The first disciples gradually came to understand that Jesus was raised from the dead, and in understanding that, they were willing to suffer and die in order to tell the good news of the resurrection.

SOURCE: LECTIONARY RESOURCES  (RCL Benzinger) – All Rights Reserved

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CATHOLIC KIDS MEDIA – Easter  1C (2019).



Teacher and mom, THERESA, creates Kids’ Bulletins, a resource for Catholic kids about the readings for Sunday’s Mass every week. More resources.
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Holy Week starts for Big Al

FATHER JOE & BIG AL – Palm Sunday C (2022).



Objects suggested: A toy Jack in the Box.

EXCERPT: (Start the sermon by slowly turning the handle on the Jack-in-the-Box. When Jack pops out, make a big production of it acting as if you were really surprised.)

Have you ever played with a Jack-in-the-Box? I’m sure you have. The Jack-in-the-Box has been around for hundreds of years and most children have either had one or played with one. When I was a child, the Jack-in-the-Box was one of my favorite toys. I can remember sitting and turning the handle, waiting for the moment when the lid would open and Jack would pop out. Even though I knew what was going to happen, I was always surprised, and perhaps even a little frightened, when Jack popped out of the box.

The Jack-in-the-Box reminds me of a story in the Bible — a story about a very special surprise.

Early in the morning, on the Sunday after Jesus was crucified, two women went to the grave where Jesus had been buried. When they arrived, they found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance and the grave was empty. They were surprised to find an empty grave and wondered what had happened to Jesus.

While they were wondering about this, suddenly, two men in dazzling bright clothes appeared to the two women. Now they were not only surprised — they were also afraid. The men spoke to the women and said, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? Jesus is not here, he has risen just as he told you he would.”

 Group Activities  Coloring Page  Crossword  Maze  Word Search

SOURCE: SERMONS 4 Kids – All Rights Reserved; Click on title to read entire sermon.

A Resolution for the Heart

By Dr. Dan Wuori

Objects: None.


Have you ever heard of a New Year’s Resolution? Maybe you’ve even made one?

A resolution is a kind of promise – and as we begin each new year on January 1, many people make resolutions – or promises – to themselves. Maybe they promise that during the coming year they’ll exercise more? That’s a popular one! Or maybe they have a special project they’re promising to finish at last? I’ve had plenty of those kinds of resolutions myself.

You see, January is a time of new beginning on the calendar and a great time to plan ahead for the coming year.

I like to think of Easter in the same way – it’s a day of new beginnings – most importantly, in our hearts.

Today’s Gospel story begins in a very sad place. Jesus has died and his followers are hurting so badly inside. But Easter marks a new beginning – and just as he promised them, Jesus comes back to let them know that he is still with them!

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.

Celebrate God

By Dr. Carol J Miller

Objects: None.

EXCERPT: Today we celebrate. Who knows what the word “celebrate” means? [Listen respectfully to all answers]. One thing we can say is that celebrate means to be happy about something good that has happened.

What are some of the things we are doing to celebrate Easter today? For instance, I see some people wearing new or fancy clothes. What else are we doing? [Accept all answers].

Easter is when we celebrate something very important, very powerful, very amazing that God did. God made Jesus alive again after people who did not like Jesus killed him. Now things like that just do not happen. God does not usually do that. But this one time God did it! We celebrate that because we love Jesus and it is good that he is alive with God forever.

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.

rfour.org – GOSPEL

The Prodigal Son

By Nathanael Vissia

Objects suggested: Print out the picture at end of this .pdf or use fake money from Monopoly

Lesson is divided into FOUR PARTS: Ask, Tell, Share the Good News, and Closing Prayer


  • Hold up picture / fake dollar bill ] I have a question for you – can you tell me what this is? (a dollar bill)
  • That’s right – and what does a dollar bill do? (it buys things)
  • So if I bought something for a dollar – we’d say, “it’s worth a dollar,” right? (right)



  • I wanted us to talk about wasting money because in some ways that’s what today’s scripture story is about.
  • In the story that we heard Jesus tell in the scripture passage that was read today, there is a child, a son, who asks for a lot of his father’s money.
  • The father gives the child the money. The son then leaves home and wastes all of the money – just like I ripped up the dollar a few moments ago.



  • One of the reasons Jesus tells this story is because we often think like the son does.
  • We often think that things are just as important to God as we are.
  • We think God won’t be friends with us if we ripped up some of the things that that God gave us.




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SERMON WRITER – 2nd Reading

New Beginnings

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects: Pictures of a snake shedding its skin

EXCERPT: Some of you may not like the idea of snakes, but let’s see if we can learn something from their behavior. Did you know that a snake sheds its skin? Some of you may have actually seen an old skin that a snake has left behind. It is usually all in one piece, in the shape of a snake, and looks dried out.

Snakes shed their skin because they need more room to grow and they may do this once a year or several times a year. It is similar to when you outgrow your clothes and need to get larger ones that fit better.

The snake starts a rip in its skin by rubbing against something rough and then it slips out of its skin in the way you pull off your stockings. Beneath the old skin is a beautiful new skin that will allow the snake to grow.

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.


Virtue of the Week



In this passage from the Acts of the Apostles, we see that Saint Peter developed such a strong conviction and faith that, despite opposition and persecution, he was willing to proclaim Jesus as Messiah. Through the resurrected Christ, the divine Spirit has come upon the disciples and given them such faith and conviction that they boldly move away from their fear to proclaim the risen Christ to the ends of the earth. The resurrection of Christ not only brings new life to Christ, but also invigorates and creates such conviction that the fearful doubters now enter into and become fearless witnesses to the Risen Christ.


While Saint Paul did not establish the Church of Colossi, he was informed that individuals there were deviating from the foundational beliefs and practices established by the founder, Epaphras. Saint Paul seeks to correct these deviations and clarify the truths about Jesus. He reminds the people about the true identity and work of the one who they are following. In doing so, he reminds them of their conviction and faith in the true Christ.


In this passage, we encounter Mary Magdalene coming to the tomb while it was still dark. The movement out of darkness into light is the starting point from which Mary and the other disciples come to a conviction that something spectacular has occurred. Upon seeing the empty tomb, she runs to Peter and the beloved disciple and they investigate the scene. The Gospel account reports that when they see the empty tomb, the beloved disciple saw and believed. The beloved disciple is not named, and so can be anyone who places their trust and conviction in Jesus as the Messiah.

SOURCE: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University; “Build. Plant. Grow.” = a free faith formation resource which aligns with the Liturgical Year of the Roman Catholic Church. The accompanying video is NOT associated with Markkula Center.

Lectionary Notes by Carolyn C. Brown

Good News! He is Alive! Alleluia!

The “good news” of Easter is somewhat different for children and for adults. For most children victory over death is not very interesting.  The lucky ones have little experience with death, beyond maybe the death of a pet.  Those who have experienced the death of someone very near to them know that even on Easter the missed person is still gone.  Though most have absorbed some of the culture’s fear of death, few worry about it very often.

Similarly, since for children all of life is new every day, Easter claims of new life are not exactly good news.  Butterflies, lilies, and eggs that are often presented as new life symbols really make more sense to children as Easter surprise symbols.  You don’t expect a butterfly to emerge from a dead-looking cocoon, a flower to grow from a clumpy old bulb, candy to come from an egg, or a dead body to come out a tomb alive again.  But on Easter they do.  For children, all are good news because they are surprises about what God can do rather than because they are signs of new life.


SOURCE: Worshiping with Children: A blog by Carolyn C. Brown, a Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA).

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READ ALOUDS WITH MISS MARTHA (9:44) – Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World

Dear Pope Francis

Faith is about seeking understanding, and that is why asking questions is so important. Gathered from more than 250 submissions, Dear Pope Francis is a collection of 30 letters from children all over the world. The handwritten letters and illustrations are reproduced on the lefthand pages, along with English translations and photos of each child. The pope’s answers appear on the opposite page. The letters and responses will make you laugh and cry, and will help you continue to trust in the fact that God loves you.

SOURCE: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University; “Build. Plant. Grow.” = a free faith formation resource which aligns with the Liturgical Year of the Roman Catholic Church. The accompanying video is NOT associated with Markkula Center.

Violet Finds New Life

John 20:1-9

Opening Questions: What new life have you found this spring?

Just like Violet found new life in her puppy, the women who visited the tomb of Jesus found new life. They found Jesus alive, never to die again. Easter celebrates more than candy and eggs and new puppies. Easter celebrates a season of spring that will never end. Happy Easter.


SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com; Used with permission.

Jesus appears to Mary

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BIBLE BLOCKS (2:21) – After Jesus rose from the dead, the Bible records that He first appeared to Mary Magdalene. The gospel accounts differ slightly on details.

The Sealed Tomb

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THE ACTION BIBLE (4:51) – After His crucifixion, Jesus’ followers discover something amazing. Based on Matthew 27:5128:20; Luke 23:5024:12; John 19:3820:18; Acts 1:1-11

Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

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