On the weekend of April 8 and 9, every child in preschool through grade 6, will receive a kit to make a beaded Easter bracelet. Find some time to make your bracelets and talk about what each bead represents using the age appropriate guides below.
Do the activities during the week leading to Easter, and let them keep your family’s focus on the celebration of what Jesus has done. This is a great opportunity for your kids to grow in their understanding of this important and joyous day.
Because of the small pieces, the Easter Kits are not intended for children under the age of 3. Instead, you can encourage your child to color with the crayons that match the colors listed below. Have fun doing the activities below with your family and talking with them about the importance of Easter!
If your child was not able to attend service on April 8 or 9 to receive a bracelet kit, it’s okay. You can still do the activities below together!
Black – Romans 3:23
Preschool through Kindergarten: Sins are bad things we do, say, or think. Everyone sins. Our sins take us far away from God. God doesn’t want us to be far away from Him. Black represents the darkness of our sins.
Elementary: When we sin and do things our way instead of God’s way, it keeps us from having a perfect relationship with Him. God is holy, or set apart, and He cannot be in the presence of sin. We are sinners, which means that we cannot be with God. We cannot be in God’s presence. What’s worse is we can never be good enough to make up for our sins. We can’t get to God on our own. This is a huge problem! Black represents the darkness of our sins.
Activity: Gather a glass bowl, water, pepper, and dish soap. Fill the clear bowl with water, and generously sprinkle pepper on top of the water.
Pause here and talk with the family about how the black represents sin. Sin is an act of disobedience, but it is also a condition of the heart. We are sinful and because we are, we cannot be in God’s presence. This is a problem.
Illustrate this point by putting dish soap on your finger and then dipping your finger in the water. The pepper should repel away from your finger. In a similar fashion, sin cannot be in God’s presence, and because we are sinful, we cannot be in God’s presence. This is the problem of sin.
Red – Romans 5:8
Preschool through Kindergarten: Jesus came to earth and lived a perfect life. Because Jesus is God’s son, He never sinned! Even though He lived a perfect life, Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Red represents the blood Jesus bled on the cross.
Elementary: Jesus fixed the separation between God and mankind. Jesus is God’s perfect Son, which means He never sinned. He lived the perfect life that we cannot live. He fixed our relationship with God by willingly going to the cross to die for us, but He did not remain dead! Three days later, He rose from the grave! Jesus’ death on the cross is the only way we can be restored to a perfect relationship with God. Red represents the blood Jesus bled on the cross.
Activity: Give each person a red marker and a white piece of paper. Take some time to write down some sins. Talk with your family about how sins are things we do, think, or say that are not God’s way.
After everyone has written their sins down, take red paint and completely cover the papers in paint. Once the papers are covered, point out that you cannot read the sins anymore. Just like the sins on the paper are covered, Jesus’ blood covered our sins!
White – Psalm 51:7
Preschool through Kindergarten: Jesus didn’t stay dead! Jesus’ body was laid in a tomb, and after three days, Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus is alive! Jesus is alive, our sins are forgiven, and we can be close to God again. White represents that because we are forgiven of our sins, we are clean.
Elementary: God sent His Son, Jesus, as the perfect solution to our sin problem. He sent Him to rescue us from the punishment we deserved and restore our relationship with God. This means we have a right standing with God because Jesus paid the price for our sin! It was a free gift we could never earn or deserve. We are now blameless and without sin because Jesus died to redeem us and restore us back to a perfect relationship with God. White represents that we are clean and forgiven.
Activity: Gather some newspaper. Lightly wet your hands, and then, wad the newspaper up like you would a snowball. Have a newspaper snowball fight with your family.
After, have everyone look at his or her hands. They should be dirty from the ink of the newspaper. Talk about how sin stains us. Wash your hands and then discuss how Jesus makes us clean. He washes us white as snow.
Green – 2 Peter 3:18
Preschool through Kindergarten: Jesus wants to be our friend forever, and like any good friendship, He wants to spend lots of time together. We can learn about Jesus by reading our Bible, talking to God when we pray, and going to church to surround ourselves with other believers. We will never stop growing in our relationship with Jesus. Green represents growing in relationship with Jesus.
Elementary: Followers of Jesus are life-long learners. We study and grow in different ways, learning more about Christ and growing in relationship with Him. How do we do that?
Here are some examples:
- Read the Bible. This is God’s love letter to us. If you’re struggling to read scripture, just start small. Create a regular habit of reading just a couple verses a day. Give yourself small steps and have faith that growth will happen.
- Pray to God. The best way to get to know someone is by spending time with them. He loves hearing from you. Thank Him for all He has done and talk with Him throughout the day. Tell Him your struggles, and ask for help. If you struggle to pray, just start small. Simply pray a few verses of a Psalm. Give yourself small steps and have faith that growth will happen.
- Go to Church. Worship with others, and experience God with your friends. Learn and serve with others. God doesn’t want you to live your life alone. He made you to be in relationship with other people. The church is your family!
Activity: Spend some time growing in your faith as a family! Read the Easter story in your NLT Bible or pages 210-223 in the Jesus Calling Storybook Bible. After you read the scripture together, talk about how dying on the cross and raising from the dead is the most amazing thing Jesus could have done. Because Jesus is alive, our sins are forgiven and we can spend eternity in heaven! Pray together and thank God for His son and the sacrifice Jesus made for us.
Yellow – Revelation 21:21
Preschool through Kindergarten: When we ask Jesus to be our friend forever, we get to spend forever in heaven with Him worshipping God. Heaven will be an amazing place and the Bible tells us the streets will be paved with gold! Yellow represents our eternal life in heaven.
Elementary: When we respond by repenting of our sin and believing in Jesus, we become part of God’s family. We are now a Christian, and we become His child. We belong to God! This means we know that one day we will be able to meet Jesus and live forever in heaven with Him. We have hope in our future and know that, in heaven, there will be no pain, sickness, sadness, or death. In heaven, we will be in the presence of God and will worship Him forever on streets of gold. Yellow represents eternal life in heaven.
Activity: Prepare yellow Jello to eat with the family. As you eat the Jello, discuss the salvation offered through Jesus Christ. This salvation means that we will one day be with God in heaven, and there, the streets will be paved with gold—like the yellow Jello.