He Is Risen! Celebrating Resurrection Sunday

Updated for 2018!

This weekend we will commemorate Good Friday and celebrate Resurrection Sunday! Explore this week’s Homeschool Classroom with brand-new ideas for crafts, activities and lessons, devotions and books, and even songs to help you express the true reason for and meaning of Easter*.

*Parents, please review all resources to make sure they are appropriate for your family.

Easter Crafts

Use simple oil pastels for these beautiful–though a bit messy–colorful light ray cross pictures.

These stained-glass crosses from Mom on Time Out make a lovely window decoration that can be used year-round.

You can make this felt cross to use as a hands-on aid for teaching younger children about the cross and its role in the Resurrection story, or give an older, crafty child a simple, meaningful outlet for their creative energy.

Making this Easter resurrection garden would be a great way to focus your children’s attention on Christ and His gift of salvation. It also makes a great conversation piece for your home. You could read one of these passages from the Bible, Matthew 28:1-7, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, or John 20:1-9, about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection to give deeper meaning to this project. Then, challenge your children to share the story of Jesus’ great sacrifice for us with guests in your home.

This artwork created with crumpled colored tissue paper can be made by your preschooler while you read the account of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection from the Bible.

This simple painting can be used to illustrate the “Legend of the Dogwood” parable, or you can use a blossom from a real dogwood tree if you have one available.

 

Easter Activities

The Easter lapbook described here is geared toward younger children but could be tailored to fit almost any age group and incorporate writing prompts, pictures, Bible verses, hymn lyrics, and more.

These empty tomb buns from Please Give Peas a Chance are another great object lesson on the resurrection of Christ.

Use this science experiment from I Can Teach My Child to demonstrate how Jesus washes our sins away.

Try this simple static electricity experiment with balloons in a dark room to create “lightning” representing the angel that shared the news of Jesus’ resurrection in Matthew 28:2-6.

Use this simple vinegarandwater object lesson to demonstrate how Jesus’ sacrifice redeems us.

This object lesson using a white carnation and water colored with food coloring is a great illustration for Christ’s atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Couple this nature walk activity with the reading of The First Easter book or any book about the resurrection.

These writing prompts can be used for daily writing assignments for the days leading up to Easter.

Who was Caiaphas and what role did he play in the Easter story? This blog post from Drive Thru History, along with a video presented by Dave Stotts, a speaker at this year’s Convention, explains who Caiaphas was and his important part in history.

 

Easter Readings* 

If you begin these five Easter lessons from Focus on the Family today, you will end on Easter Sunday with lesson five – “Jesus Took My Place”. What perfect timing!

This heartfelt blog post by Bonnie Gray explains how beauty can be found in our most terrifying and heartbreaking situations by reminding us of Jesus’ trials in the garden of Gethsemane. 

The Easter Story by Patricia A. Pingry

This illustrated picture book is a beautiful introduction to the meaning of Easter, perfect for sharing with young children. While it tells the story of Christ’s death on the cross, it is not graphic and emphasizes how much God loves us to give us the sacrifice of His Son.

The Very First Easter by Paul L. Maier

This book offers a historically accurate description of the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection through Scripture and beautiful artwork.

The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs

A young girl receives a mysterious gift and is disappointed to find it’s only some dirt and a lifeless bulb. But after tossing it out, she finds that it has come to life as a beautiful Easter lily!

 

Easter Music

Whether or not you are musically inclined yourself, incorporate these hymns and worship songs into your homeschool Easter lessons. Sing along with the lyrics included in the videos or simply listen to words of these beautiful old–and new–songs.

“Because He Lives” by Bill Gaither

“The Old Rugged Cross” by George Bennard

“Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” by Charles Wesley

“In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

“Nothing but the Blood of Jesus” by Robert Lowry

“Nothing but the Blood of Jesus” sung by the Virtual Choir, a choir comprised of members from all over the world.

“Jesus Paid It All” by Elvina M. Hall

“Jesus Paid It All” sung by Fernando Ortega in a style reminiscent of old-style hymn singing

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts

“How Can It Be?” by Lauren Daigle

“And Can It Be?” choral arrangement by Dan Forrest

“Man of Sorrows” by Brooke Ligertwood and Matt Crocker

“Hallelujah! What a Savior!” (also known as Man of Sorrows), a cappella version sung by Blue Rock Mennonite Youth

“See What a Morning” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

“Easter Song (w/ Christ the Lord Is Risen Today)”, by Annie Herring, choral arrangement by Joseph Martin (two older songs for those of us old enough to remember)

“My Chains Are Gone” by Chris Tomlin

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