Easter with Ethos Kids

Posted by Carly Brandvold on

At Ethos Kids, our mission is to help families with children to love God, love people, and awaken a movement. In this season, and always, our desire is to equip you, parents and caregivers, with resources and tools to participate in the spiritual development of your children at home.

The Ethos Kids team has compiled a series of videos and resources for you to use this week to teach your kids the Easter story! We hope that these resources equip you to have conversations about Easter throughout Holy Week, leading up to Easter Sunday.  


The Journey To Easter

The Resurrection Eggs by Family Life are a great resource to use when teaching your kids the Easter story. We will be using them this week to teach your kids the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Each day this week we will release videos using the eggs to tell the Easter story. Along with the video we will provide activity sheets and on some days we will include an additional storytime to go along with the eggs.

If you have these eggs, we encourage you to let your child use them along with us. Check back here each day to join us on the journey to Easter!

Monday of Holy Week
Resurrection Eggs // The Donkey and the Silver Coins
The Journey to Easter Activity Sheets // Day One

Tuesday of Holy Week
Resurrection Eggs // The Cup 
The Journey to Easter Activity Sheets // Day Two
The Servant King from The Jesus Storybook Bible

Wednesday of Holy Week
Resurrection Eggs // Praying Hands
The Journey to Easter Activity Sheets // Day Three
A Dark Night in the Garden from The Jesus Storybook Bible

Thursday of Holy Week
Resurrection Eggs // The Whip and the Rooster (ages 5 & under)

Resurrection Eggs // The Whip and the Rooster (ages 6 & up)
The Journey to Easter Activity Sheets // Day Four

Good Friday // Coming Soon!
Resurrection Eggs // Crown of Thorns, Nails, Spear, and Cloth (ages 5 & under)
Resurrection Eggs // Crown of Thorns, Nails, Spear, and Cloth (ages 6 & up)
The Journey to Easter Activity Sheets // Good Friday
The Sun Stops Shining from The Jesus Storybook Bible

Easter Sunday // Coming Soon!
Resurrection Eggs // The Stone and the Empty Egg
The Journey to Easter Activity Sheets // Easter Sunday


Resurrection Cookies

These cookies are made with ingredients that represent different aspects of the death and resurrection of Jesus. These cookies are intended to be made on the Saturday night before Easter. As you walk through the recipe, you are encouraged to taste certain ingredients and engage with the story of Easter. The recipe provides step-by-step instructions alongside the scripture references and different questions to ask your children.

The best part is, the cookies remain in the oven overnight (don’t worry, the oven isn't on!). When you wake up in the morning and bite into the cookies, they are completely hollow in the middle— representing the empty tomb on Easter morning.

This tangible experience helps children to process the story of the death and resurrection in a new way.

Find the Resurrection Cookies Recipe here!


Easter Egg Walk

One of our favorite Ethos Kids events each year is our Easter egg hunt. Since we are not able to participate in that this year, we have developed a different kind of egg hunt— an Easter Egg Walk. Invite your neighbors to participate and select a date that works for everyone.

Create Easter eggs using these templates or construction paper and craft supplies. Then hang your eggs on your house (front door, windows, mailbox) on that selected date.

As you go on a walk that day, hunt for eggs from the street! This is a great activity to do “with neighbors” in this season of social distancing.


Memorize Luke 24

Join our friend Lauren to memorize Luke 24! Encourage your children to try memorizing the story of the resurrection! Lauren uses sign language and motions that go along with each verse to make memorization easier!

Luke 24 Part One
Luke 24 Part Two


The Story of Jesus for Children (Movie)

The Jesus Film Project has developed a movie on the life of Jesus specifically for children. It tells the story of Jesus' life through the eyes of the children around him. It is a beautiful, albeit older, film adaption of the life of Jesus. You can watch the film HERE.

(Disclaimer: This film does include a portrayal of the beating and crucifixion of Jesus. If you would like to watch to see if this is appropriate for your kids, fast forward to the 38:00 minute mark.)


Easter Story Times

Enjoy these story times with our Ethos Kids Team!

The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross

The Legend of the Easter Egg

The Jesus Storybook Bible: The Servant King

The Jesus Storybook Bible: A Dark Night in the Garden

The Jesus Storybook Bible: The Sun Stopped Shining

The Jesus Storybook Bible: God's Wonderful Surprise


Book Recommendations

In the event that you are able to get books delivered to you in a timely manner, or you have access to an online database, these are some of our favorite Easter stories!

The Parable of the Lily, by Liz Curtis Higgs, tells the story of God’s greatest gift to us through a blooming flower. This story will reinforce lessons of grace and forgiveness in your child and show them the true meaning of Easter. This book is recommended for ages 3-7. It can be purchased HERE.

God Gave us Easter, by Lisa Town Bergen, tells the Easter story through the perspective of a polar bear cub. Your child may relate to this story through the many questions that Little Cub asks about Easter to his Mom and Dad. This book presents the story of Easter in a way that children ages 3 and up will understand. It can be purchased HERE.

The Easter Story for Children, by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Karen Davis Hill, is a beautifully illustrated telling of Jesus’ last few days before his death and resurrection. The illustrations in this book include Jesus surrounded by children in various scenes. This will allow children to find their place in the story and see how the children of Jesus’ time followed and loved him. This book is recommended for ages 4-8. It can be purchased HERE.

The Donkey Who Carried a King, by R.C. Sproul, tells the story of Easter through the perspective of the donkey who carried Jesus into Jerusalem before he was crucified. By reading this story with your children, you will allow them to see the story of Jesus’ death through a different perspective. This book is recommended for ages 8-12. However, children as young as 6 would enjoy it as well. It can be purchased HERE.

The Legend of the Sand Dollar, by Chris Auer, tells the story of Jesus and his resurrection through a sand dollar some children find on the beach. If your child loves the ocean, this is the perfect book for them! This book reminds readers that Jesus’ death and resurrection bring hope to us all. This book is recommended for ages 4-8. It can be purchased HERE.


A Note on Talking About the Crucifixion to Young Kids

I was convicted this week with the reality that we would never talk about graphic torture or murder with children under any circumstances. But when we talk about Jesus’ death, we tend to be more willing to read the story, all the gruesome details included.

I feel a tension between my desire to protect and honor children where they are at developmentally and emotionally AND my desire to respect the biblical text and operate out of honesty. 

However, I think there is a way to live fully in this tension and allow it to benefit our children. We can hold back some of the graphic details without losing the impact of Jesus’ act of love and self-sacrifice. We don’t need the horror of it all to express the ultimate hope that comes with Jesus’ defeat over death.

It is more than okay to tell the story of the crucifixion in an age-appropriate way. Every child is different and you know your child best. You know what they are ready for and what they may not be able to handle yet.

For this reason, we plan to divide some of our Easter resources relating to the crucifixion by 5 & under and 6 & up. This is our way of living in the tension and honoring both children and the story.

If you have any questions about how to talk to your children about the crucifixion, email us at . We would love to chat with you!

— Carly

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