The reality of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead changed the lives of the 500 disciples who saw Him afterward. In fact, the reality that Jesus is alive changed history forever! Reflect on how the resurrection has changed your life as you share these activities with your preschooler this week.
HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…
This week, teach your kids that Jesus gave His life so we can live with Him in heaven and He told us to tell others about Him. When the women who went to Jesus’ tomb saw that it was empty, they ran to tell the disciples that Jesus was alive. The disciples did not believe them at first, but Jesus suddenly appeared to them in a locked room, wiping away all doubts! Jesus also proved to Thomas that He was truly alive by letting him touch the scars in His hand. When the disciples realized it was truly Jesus, they were overjoyed. Jesus also appeared to many other people during the 40 days after His resurrection. One day Jesus told His friends goodbye and rose into the clouds. While His friends were looking up into the sky, an angel appeared and told them Jesus had gone to live in heaven. (Matthew 28:8-10, Mark 16:9-20, Luke 24:13-53, & John 20:10-21:25.)
- Jesus gave His life so we can live with Him in heaven.
- Jesus told us to tell others about Him.
"But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." Romans 5:8
3 Activities that Help Us Learn This Week's Teaching Truth:
1. Easter Mobile
For the last week of the Easter mobile, help your child cut out clouds from white construction paper and glue some cotton balls on them. Use yarn to attach the clouds to the mobile. Since this will be the last piece in the Easter story, review the details of the story with your child using the mobile you’ve created over the last few weeks. Remind your child that Jesus loves them so much that He was willing to go through the really hard things so we can live with Him in heaven forever!
2. Snack Time
For snack time give your child some marshmallows and teddy grahams. Read the story of Jesus visiting His friends and ascending into heaven. While you read the story, your child can act out the story using the teddy grahams for Jesus and His friends and the marshmallows as the clouds. After he has acted out the story, he can eat his special snack while you ask some questions to help review the story.
- Was Jesus real when He came back to earth?
- How did the disciples know Jesus was real?
- What are some of the things Jesus did when He was on earth?
- Where did He go when He went into the clouds?
- Who was with Him in heaven?
- How can we get to heaven?
3. Sing a Song
Sing this song to the tune, “Wheels on the Bus.”
Jesus rose and saw His friends - saw His friends - saw His friends -
Jesus rose and saw His friends - for many days.
Jesus ascended into heaven - into heaven - into heaven -
Jesus ascended into heaven - to be with God.
Thank God for the Truth we learned this week and ask Him to help you apply it to your life this week. Ask Him to help you to write this Truth on your heart and to love others with the love that He first loved us.