In addition to these public lessons and ideas posted below, our Writing Team has been creating some terrific lesson sets for our supporting members that cover Holy Week stories. Here's the Team's link to the John 20 story of Mary Magdalene, Peter, and John meeting Jesus at the Empty Tomb.
We are looking for an interactive science lesson that 5-11 years olds can do for Easter. We have already used the butterflies.
A neat science experiment that helps kids visualize Easter morning involves sucking a hard boiled egg into a glass bottle, and then getting it out again
Needed: one hard boiled egg, peeled. One 1 litre Tropicana like juice bottle. Boiling water. Pour boiling water into juice bottle. Tell Easter story up to where Jesus is put into the tomb. Pour water out and then place egg (pointy end down) on top of bottle. Egg will get sucked into bottle as glass cools. To get egg out of bottle you have to do the unexpected thing. Instead of sucking the egg out, you have to cover the top of bottle with your mouth and blow as hard as you can into bottle. When you remove your mouth from bottle, egg will shoot out! Jesus is risen! God's surprise!
We used a craft idea for the empty tomb and the resurrection. Use a clear glass ornament from Christmas. (You have to think ahead or be a saver of lots of things
Decorate it with permanent markers in different colors. The student can use words like "He is risen!" or "ALIVE!!" etc. The bulb can also have pictures of things that remind us of the resurrection. I loved that it was empty-- just like the tomb.
Object Lesson Idea: that could be used in class or in church during children's time on the empty tomb, how upon Jesus death on the cross he took our sins upon himself.
Using the book "The Sparkle Egg" by Jill Hardie, Ideal Publications, 2014, 9780824956646.
Publisher's Story Outline: "Easter is coming, and Sam loves Easter but this year he is upset about a lie he told his parents. Although he apologized and they forgave him, Sam can't shake the feeling that he is a bad kid because of it. Meanwhile, his parents help him make a special Easter craft called a Sparkle Egg and tell him to write anything he feels sorry about or ashamed of on a piece of paper and put it inside of his Egg.
On Easter morning, Sam wakes up and finds his Sparkle Egg empty! His parents explain that because Jesus died and rose again, we are forgiven. . . and much like Jesus' empty tomb that first Easter, Sam's egg is empty and his wrong doing is completely forgiven! Once he accepts this forgiveness fully, Sam realizes a truth: we can sparkle and shine with God's light when we let God's gift of grace into our hearts."
Two Weeks Before Easter
Our pastor is going to read the "The Sparkle Egg" book during children's time to the congregation. After reading the story he will invite the children, then the congregation to come forward to select a "Sparkle Egg" of their own. We will have a basket at the front of the church filled with regular sized plastic Easter eggs (undecorated).
We will also be handing out special paper we've blessed for the congregation to write (or draw) things they are sorry for and place in their eggs over the next two weeks. They will be asked to bring their "Sparkle Eggs" back for Easter Sunday.
The special blessed paper dissolves in water.
So our thought on Easter Sunday is to have a very large clear glass bowl at the front of the church and at the start of the service the pastor will invite the congregation to come forward with their "Sparkle Eggs" and take their sins (paper) out of their eggs and place into the bowl. When done the pastor will pour water into the bowl saying a prayer asking for the forgiveness of of sins - for Jesus to wash us clean (or something along that line - I've left it up to our pastor). When the pastor does the children's story he will continue a talk around Jesus death on the cross etc. and hopefully by this time the paper will have dissolved (or most of it hopefully) so the children can observe through the clear glass bowl what Jesus did with their sins.
Decorating the Plastic Eggs
After church during coffee-time we will have a table set-up so people can go and decorate their Sparkle Egg. The children may be decorating their eggs during Sunday School I haven't decided yet.
I purchased the regular size plastic Easter eggs in a variety of colours.
I found inexpensive rhinestone stickers at the local dollar store (Dollarama), but I'm sure you can find the same thing at your local craft store or 'Michaels'. I picked up several sheets of different colours (see picture). Each sheet of stickers is on a plastic sheet so they can easily be cut into strips and spread about your decorating table so people can choose their rhinestone colours.
I tested the stickers on a yellow egg (pictured) placing blue gemstones in the shape of a cross. They stuck really well and the egg looked great!
Water Dissolving Paper
Check science websites for "Water Dissolving Paper" or special fabric paper from fabric stores, used for sewing (called H20), that also dissolves in water.
Instead of using dissolving paper I used a white fabric called "H20 Gone Water Soluble Stabilizer" (see attached photo I pulled from fabric site - it's the white fabric in the middle of the picture). I purchased it at my local "Fabricland" store. They carry it on a 14.75" wide roll. You ask a salesperson for it and they will pull out the roll and cut off your desired length. I tested writing on it with a pen at the store and I was able to write on it easily.
I cut the H20 fabric into 1.5" strips first. Then cut these strips into 1.5" small squares. So you end up with 1.5" x 1.5" squares. You could probably go up to 2" squares if you wanted. This worked great for the eggs. The other idea would be to cut longer strips that are narrower, really depends what you are expecting them to write or draw on it.
The kids drew (or wrote) on the squares with markers (or pens). I told them they could simply draw sad faces anytime they did something they regretted and needed to ask God's forgiveness from then til Easter Sunday.
I purchased a "Glass Bubble Bowl" from Walmart ($16.97 CDN), it was in with the vases and fake flowers. The bowl was 26 cm (10") high and 23 cm (9") in diameter and we found it worked really well, nice size mouth to drop their paper into, and they could see what happens easily thru the glass.
IMPORTANT - use WARM water. We had the warm water in a pitcher. We poured the warm water into the bowl after everyone had dropped in their paper. We tested it first and it will dissolve in cold water slowly, but it dissolved almost instantly with the warm water, so use warm water!
The water will turn a bit murky, but you will have neat wisps of colours (dyes from the markers) floating through the water, giving it a bit of a rainbow effect - very cool.
Thanks for the additional details, Luanne. This was a great workshop! I need to fine-tune it for the next time we use it, since we can't accomplish everything involved on one Sunday. Maybe we will forgo the dissolving paper/drawing part and simply leave the egg empty as a reminder to the children that their shame and guilt for *anything* has already been taken away.
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Through His love,
I found this Youtube Easter Object Lesson by Randy Helms that is GREAT, and wanted to share with you all. It would be awesome for a group lesson on what Christ did for each of us on the Cross. https://youtu.be/9pLNn35VYk8
Supplies required for this YouTube object lesson are: wooden unfinished cross (one in video was approx. 10"), clear container, Kodak D-76 developing powder, and Iodine.
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