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Crucifixion, resurrection – these are big words and hefty concepts for kids to grasp. How can you teach the resurrection to young children? As parents, our tendency is to shield our children from the harsh realities of what Jesus endured. But the apostle Paul offers a strong reminder of the importance of the risen Lord to our Christian faith:

“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” – 1 Corinthians 15:14 (NIV)

So, how can you talk about Easter in a way that helps little minds grasp its significance? Before you embark on a deep theological discussion with your 5- or 6-year-old, consider teaching the resurrection in creative, family-centric ways that focus on the triumph of the cross.


An easy way to begin is by sharing the Bible story. Then build conversations and activities about Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection upon that scriptural foundation.


Watch an Easter Movie as a Family

Watching the story of Easter can lay the foundation of the resurrection and open up conversations with your child. Although Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of the Christ” is incredibly authentic and impactful, it may be too much for the age of your kids. (However, if you have teens, this movie is an excellent portrayal of the resurrection and the victory Jesus gained at the cross.)


An age-appropriate movie alternative for young hearts is “The Passion: A BrickFilm” which uses Lego characters to share the Bible story of Easter. Scripturally sound, the 30-minute film doesn’t gloss over the harshness of how Jesus was treated but offers an appropriate portrayal for young minds as the story is played out through the Lego characters.

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Read the Bible Story

Another way to lay the foundation of Easter is to read the story together. Choose a Bible version that young kids can understand like The Beginner’s Bible – The Very First Easter. The simple words and colorful pictures bring the story to life in a way that little minds can grasp. Add a hands-on activity with the companion Easter Sticker and Activity Book. Older kids will appreciate the comic book-styled illustrations in The Action Bible.

Open the Conversation with Questions

Questions open our minds (and hearts) up to curiosity and discovery. After you’ve watched a good Easter movie or read the Bible story, ask insightful questions to help your kids gain understanding.

Here are some examples:

  • Why were those people so mean to Jesus?
  • What caused Peter to deny that he knew Jesus? Do you ever feel that way?
  • Why did Jesus die? How did it make you feel when you saw Him die on the cross?
  • What is a tomb? Why did the soldiers seal the tomb with a stone?
  • Who rolled the stone away?
  • How did Jesus rise from the dead?
  • Why is that important to us today?


Use these questions as a springboard for you to talk to your child about Easter. Although it’s important for them to know the depths of Jesus’ suffering, it is even more important is for them to grasp the miracle of His resurrection and the hope it offers us today.

Draw Pictures of the Resurrection Story

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Similar to asking a question, there’s something that opens the mind when we creatively express what we’re feeling or seeing. Invite your kids to draw or paint their favorite parts of the Easter story. Post their pictures on the fridge and use it as a touchpoint for further discussion while you’re making supper or packing lunches.

If you want to explore their creativity further, Six Art Lessons to Walk Through the Resurrection with Your Kids offers a series of lessons that will help you teach the resurrection to your little ones.


Christian Easter Songs for Kids

Another creative way to teach the resurrection is through song. Children love music, and Christian Easter songs for kids can bring home the truths of the Easter story in a fun and easy way.

Imagine your 3-year-old belting out the familiar hymn, “Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph over His foes...” Even if they’re not able to fully understand the resurrection, over time, the words of these songs will help them grasp the concept of the risen Lord.

Easter Activities for Kids

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If you’ve got active kids, crafts and games are another powerful way to teach the resurrection! Easter crafts and activities for kids bring home the truths of Easter in memorable ways. Fun for the whole family, games and activities are great ways to help your kids apply the Easter story to their own lives.

You can also incorporate teachings about the resurrection through Easter eggs. Find Christian-themed decorating ideas here.

Easter Bible Charades

And, while we’re having fun, why not play a game of charades? Jot down the different moments and characters of the Easter story on slips of paper and then take turns acting them out.

This is a fun discovery tool for kids of all ages as they consider the disciples’ reaction to the empty tomb or Mary’s response when she encountered the resurrected Jesus in the garden. If you need a little inspiration, here are printable cards for Bible charades.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” – John 11:25 (NIV)

Easter is a celebration of all that Jesus accomplished for us on the cross. As you teach the resurrection to your kids, keep hope at the center. Because He lives, we have eternal life!

Celebrate the resurrection with your family. Watch the Best Easter Movies for kids and families with a free Pure Flix trial.

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