The Easter series is part of a one-year curriculum for toddlers that takes kids through six different Bible stories all about God’s love: Creation, Moses, Jonah, Christmas, Miracle, and Easter. Toddlers learn through repetition, with a program designed to be taught for two months. The video program includes sing-along worship and an animated Bible story with narration. Then, each week’s program ends with an interactive portion called See & Share time, designed to be led by an adult. We hope toddlers learn and understand how much God loves them.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and get ready to dance!
Caitlin teaches kids the full story and Bible verse.
SEE AND SHARE TIME
See and Share Time is a great way for parents to extend the message each kid is learning. First you’ll need to gather some props. Take toys out one at a time and hold them up for kids to see. Read each section and do the actions. Then put away toys.
1. Jesus rode on a donkey. A donkey says hee-haw. Can you say hee-haw? (Take turns petting the toy donkey.)
2. Palm Branch – People waved branches in the air and shouted, “Hosanna!” (Hand brach or leaf to your child.) Can you wave your branch in the air? Let’s say, “Hosanna!”
3. Toy Food/ Snack – Jesus ate a special meal with his friends. Can you rub your tummy and say, “Yum, yum?” (Hand snack to your child.) Ask “What kind of food do you have?”
4. Stone – An angel rolled a big stone away from Jesus’ tomb. (Take turns touching a rock.)
5. Angel – An angel said, “Jesus is alive.” Can you say, “Jesus is alive.” (Hold up an angel picture)
ASK YOUR KID
Who loves you? (Jesus)
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Matthew 28:1-10
Day three, following the crucifixion of Jesus, we find Jesus’ two friends named Mary going to his tomb early in the morning. Imagine how they must have been feeling? Maybe the atmosphere was like what follows a funeral: the quiet, the exhaustion, the grief. In this case, these women had witnessed the brutal death of someone that they not only deeply loved, but also wholly worshipped. A thick cloud of hopelessness must have hung heavily over the scene. Hadn’t Jesus said he was GOD? Hadn’t he performed countless miracles right before their very eyes? And yet he couldn’t save himself. And then the earth began to shake. An angel rolled the stone away from the tomb and Jesus came back from the dead.
Those three dark days after Jesus died must have been the most difficult faith journey for Jesus’ followers. They were human, just like us, so maybe they were incapable of focusing on the big picture. Just like us, maybe they failed to trust God. Maybe they questioned him. Did they get angry, feel abandoned, disappointed, or lost?
The great news about God is that he is always faithful, even when we’re not. Jesus defeated death—proof once and for all that he has the power to defeat death for us, too. Remembering this power in our moments of disbelief and hopelessness is difficult. But God is still there. Easter reminds us that just when things look the darkest, light returns.
Consider a difficult experience in your life when things looked very dark. How did God remain faithful? Did he show up when you thought he wouldn’t? How does the Easter story remind you of Jesus’ ultimate power?
“God loved the world so much, he gave his only Son,” John 3:16.
Jesus loves you.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our one-year Early Childhood curriculum takes kids through six different Bible stories all about God’s love. Toddlers learn through repetition, with a program designed to be taught for two months:
January and February – Miracle March and April – Easter May and June – Creation July and August – Moses September and October – Jonah November and December – Christmas
The video program includes sing-along worship and an animated Bible story with narration. Then, in the rooms, each week’s program ends with an interactive portion called See & Share time, designed to be led by an adult. We hope toddlers learn and understand how much God loves them!