Fun Easter lessons for kids — huge variety of lesson of Easter ideas like Sunday school Easter lessons and crafts (including Easter Sunday school lesson plans for preschool and creative ways to teach the resurrection), secular Easter games, why we color eggs (and significance of red eggs), history of Easter bunny, and more fun activities to add to your Easter curriculum unit study or Spring theme.
Ideas for Easter Lessons For Kids
Here are some fun Easter story lesson ideas and learning about Easter eggs lessons fun for the Easter holiday! Great for Easter Sunday school lessons (Bible lessons for Easter) or kids activities for Easter in the classroom or at home — religious Easter lessons and secular Easter lessons for kids.
Lessons On Easter For Youth (Easter Ideas For Children Of All Ages!)
- Discuss the symbolism of the Easter egg and how it represents new life and rebirth.
- Teach them about the history of Easter and how it’s celebrated in different cultures and countries.
- Explain the holiday’s origins in ancient pagan festivals such as Ostara.
- Bake Resurrections Rolls and tell the vanishing tomb rolls story. (Great for a preschool resurrection lesson and for older kids like Easter object lessons for youth group, too!)
- Talk about spring season and the re-emergence of new life like the flowers and plants.
- Learn about the history of the Easter bunny.
- Color eggs red and discuss the significance of red Easter eggs (great for Easter church activities for kids!).
- Make Easter-themed cards or gifts to give to family and friends.
- Do an object lesson resurrection (like Easter vanishing tombs).
- Talk about the significance of Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday.
- Learn how to color Easter eggs from natural food dyes (and other ways – great for Easter STEM lessons).
- Talk about why the resurrection or Jesus is important to Easter for Christians as a key message of Easter.
- Cook Easter-themed foods such as hot cross buns or ham.
- Attend a church service together.
- Watch age-appropriate movies or cartoons that depict the Easter story for children’s Bible lessons for Easter.
- Participate in community events such as Easter parades or community Easter egg rolls. (Search online for Easter events for kids near me)
FULL LIST OF EASTER IDEAS BELOW! We’ll also cover how coloring Easter eggs got started, including story of Easter for kids lessons, and Easter eggs origin. KEEP SCROLLING for more fun Easter facts for kids to add to your lesson about Easter — whether you need Easter lesson for elementary students or preschool Easter ideas, we have them! DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE FREE EASTER PRINTABLES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST!
How do I teach my little kids about Easter?
Toddler Easter Ideas / Preschool Easter Ideas / Easter Bible Story For Preschoolers:
- Do Easter preschool Bible lesson using Bible felts like this (activity board flannels) for an Easter Bible activity or Easter object lesson.
- Create an Easter inspired sensory bin.
- Make Easter egg slime.
- Explain the religious significance of Easter, such as the resurrection of Jesus Christ using puppets for fun Easter story lesson plans.
- Memorize short Easter bible verses for preschoolers.
- Teach them about the Easter Bunny and the tradition of hiding and finding Easter eggs.
- Have them make Easter-themed crafts, such as decorating eggs or making Easter baskets.
- Read Easter-themed books or stories to them. (Read The Story Of Easter for a Bible story — great for children’s Bible stories for Easter).
- Have an Easter egg hunt.
- Cook Easter-themed foods such as hot cross buns.
- Play Bunny Hop.
- Create Easter-themed memory games or puzzles.
- Play an Easter eggs matching game.
Let us know your favorite Easter lesson for preschoolers and younger kids / preschool Easter Bible lessons and we’ll add them to the Easter learning list!
Keep scrolling for Easter ideas for young children to Easter lessons for older kids!
When is Easter this year?
Easter 2023 is Sunday, April 9, 2023. Easter is late this year.
The date for Easter changes each year because it coincides with the first full moon after the vernal equinox, (aka: first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon).
When looking up ideas for Easter eggs, did you ever wonder why do we celebrate Easter with eggs?
(Seems weird, right?)
One Easter, I started to wonder about the history of the Easter egg and why egg coloring plays such a prominent role in a (for many) Christian religious holiday.
Before we get to the Easter egg lessons, let’s take a look at the history of Easter and coloring Easter eggs (and even about that perplexing Easter bunny).
These are fun Easter lessons and fun Easter facts to share with your kids!
What is the Easter egg meaning?
The Easter egg meaning is different depending on who you ask. Easter eggs, also called Paschal eggs, are symbols of rebirth and fertility. In Christianity, they are used to symbolize Jesus and the empty tomb from his resurrection, so add them to your Bible lessons about Easter! (Fun for preschool Easter lesson!)
Learn All About Symbolism Of Red Eggs and Best Tips for Coloring Red Eggs
Easter Eggs History
What’s the meaning of Easter eggs?
Learning about Easter eggs is another great opportunity for Easter lessons. If you look up the origin of Easter eggs and history of the Easter egg, you’ll find two prominent versions: a pagan origin and a Christian definition.
Even though Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Christ, some believe the addition of eggs to be a pagan tradition used to celebrate new life.
According to Forbes.com:
“Easter comes from an Old English word referring to the month of April, named after the pagan goddess of the dawn. In other modern languages, Easter is called a variant of Paschal, a word that can refer to either Easter or to Passover, demonstrating the strong link between these two Judeo-Christian celebrations.”
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Easter as a Christian Holiday (Easter Bible Lessons)
For Christians, Easter represents the new life of Jesus as He was resurrected from the tomb. Easter eggs symbolize and represent joy, celebration, and new life. They’re fun to incorporate into your Bible lessons on Easter!
See ideas for easter Bible lessons for preschoolers and up below!
Easter Bunny Origin: History Of The Easter Bunny
So, Where Did the Easter Bunny Come From Then?
So, why Easter bunny?
(What up with an egg laying rabbit, yo?)
The story goes that German immigrants brought over a tradition of a bunny called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws” that laid color eggs.
In Spring, kids would make colorful nests so that the Easter bunnies could lay the eggs.
DID YOU KNOW: The first Easter Bunny appeared in stories as early as the 1500s!
Baskets later replaced the nests (probably out of practicality).
Then, the Easter bunny didn’t just leave Easter eggs, but the bunny also delivered chocolate and gifts to children.
That’s how the whole Easter bunny and eggs thing came about!
Other Animals That Bring Easter Eggs
Which animal brings easter eggs in Switzerland?
In Switzerland, the cuckoo bird brings Easter eggs. Children hunt for colored eggs and chocolate eggs left by the Easter Cuckoo.
What animal delivers Easter eggs in Australia?
In Australia, the Easter Bilby brings Easter gifts. The bilby is a rabbit-like marsupial in Australia and are used instead because rabbits are not popular in Australia and are seen as pests.
Do the French have an Easter Bunny?
In France, there is no Easter bunny. Instead, the church bells are quiet from Good Friday to Easter. On Easter, they return and deliver chocolate bells for the children to find.
Why Do We Spend Time Coloring Easter Eggs?
Christian Easter Eggs
For some, coloring Easter eggs has a religious tie and are Easter symbols. Some Christians dye the eggs red as a representation of the blood of Jesus. With these “Jesus eggs,” the outer shell represents the tomb where Jesus was buried, which gets “cracked” to symbolize His resurrection. The empty egg shell symbolizes the empty tomb from which Jesus arose.
Spring Easter Bunny Eggs
However, other sources say that it was a common tradition to color eggs as gifts during Spring festivals.
The Christians adopted the tradition of decorating eggs, and expanded it to include the red egg “Jesus eggs.”
According to History.com:
Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources.One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.
Some say this is why eggs are still served today as part of an Easter feast on the holiday!
Ideas for Easter Eggs Fillers
If you are using plastic Easter eggs, here are ideas for Easter Eggs fillers (including non candy ideas for easter eggs):
- Candy necklaces
- Jelly beans
- Finger puppets
- Gummy snacks
- Dollar bills
- Small plastic animals
- Mochi squishy toys
- Small construction vehicles
- Mini nail polish
Ideas For Easter Lessons Unit Study
Try these Easter lesson ideas, crafts for Easter and fun games for Easter — enough for free easter Sunday school lessons (children’s ministry / Sunday school curriculum), lessons for holy week, free Easter lessons, and cheap Easter ideas for any class or at home activities!
Fun Activities for Easter and Childrens Easter Lessons Ideas
Best Easter Lesson Plans and Bible Lesson Plans for Kids:
- Make an Easter quiz out of all the Easter fun facts listed here!
- Read the Easter Bible story (Bible verses: Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-49; and John 20:1-21:25 for your Bible lesson on Easter and Easter Bible activities)
- Do an Easter story lesson plan with puppets and felts. (Great for object lessons about Easter.)
- Do a Last Supper lesson for kids.
- Make Vanishing Rolls Recipe with Easter Empty Tomb Lesson (great for Easter lessons for preschoolers and up!) — a favorite the Easter story activities at our house and awesome object lesson for resurrection!
- Have Easer family fun with A Jesus Easter: Explore God’s Amazing Rescue Plan (An Interactive Family Devotional for Lent Complete with Parent Guide, Discussion Questions, Activities, and Space for Journaling).
- Watch a video on The Lamb Of God to go with your children’s Bible lessons on Easter.
- Get free Easter coloring pages and Spring bingo printables here.
- Play this funny egg toss game!
- Make Spring chicken cupcakes.
- Play Easter Egg games (including plastic eggs games).
- Do a Jesus is Alive! craft (get directions here) to go with your Easter story in the Bible for preschoolers and up.
- Make a bunny mask Easter craft for fun Easter crafts.
- Have fun with Peter Rabbit crafts and activities.
- Create some Easter skits for kids to put on (fun for elementary students!).
- Do Easter egg hunts with Bible verses for Easter in the eggs.
- Do an empty tomb craft with pieces of paper scratch n reveal for an Easter story activity. (Great for easter lesson for youth activity while you tell the story of Easter.)
- Study how different cultures and countries celebrate Easter as part of your youth Easter lessons.
- Make an Easter card for friends and family.
- Play guess the jelly beans in the jar and hand out prizes.
- Practice a memory verse from Easter Bible stories as part of your preschool Bible lesson on Easter.
- Tell about Jesus’ death and resurrection with resurrection eggs and each egg has a relevant symbol. (Great resurrection eggs lesson plan for kids bible lessons and Sunday school class on Easter, Easter programs for children’s church, and activities for Easter Sunday!)
- Make a fun Easter kids obstacle course using this set.
Let us know your favorite lessons of Easter activities and I’ll add them to the list!
FREE EASTER PRINTABLE FOR KIDS
We have an awesome free Easter printable to guide you through dyeing Easter eggs NATURALLY + a COLOR YOUR EGGS coloring sheet with 6 different eggs to color!
Click HERE or on the image below to get your printable!
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