Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Easter Fun Part 1

 This Easter I tried changing things up by dramatizing some of the important scenes leading up to and including Jesus' death and resurrection.  It was a bit of work but so much fun.  The kids really enjoyed being a part of the scenes.  Before each scene we would pray and after every scene we'd sing a hymn.

 His triumphal entry.  The kids made their palm branches and threw down their garments for the "donkey" to walk over while shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!  The King of Israel!"  We played this out a few times.

 During the Last Supper Jesus washed the disciple's feet.  So I washed each child's feet. The kiddos thought this was quite the thing.

 Our version of the Last Supper.

The betrayal by Judas.  The money bag and a note from the Chief Priests.

Jesus and his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Jesus is depicted by the white cloth and cup at the base of the tree and the pillows are the sleeping disciples.  The angry mob (the kiddos with their clubs and swords) came for Jesus and led him to his trial.

 Here the priests tried Jesus and condemned him to death while Peter watched from the warmth of a fire.

 Here are the children warming themselves as Peter did.  They role played being Peter and denying Jesus.

 Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate.  Pilate offered the angry crowd either Jesus or Barabbas--The crowd wanted Barabbas and what of Jesus?  "Crucify Him!"

 He was scourged, mocked and beaten and finally crucified. 

He was laid in the tomb and a large stone rolled in front.

For His resurrection we made resurrection rolls.  Using crescent roll pasty dough, marshmallows, melted butter, and cinnamon and sugar.  The marshmallow represents Jesus, with the butter as the anointing oils on his body and the cinnamon and sugar as the spices. The marshmallow is wrapped up in the pastry tomb.  Place it in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

The finished product. Open it up and the white marshmallow is gone!  He is not here, He is risen!!


singlemumof1 said...

It is so nice to see someone focusing on the real meaning of Easter instead of just the chocolates and jelly beans. I hope you and your family had a good Easter.

Kim Brown said...

Once again you make me tired just reading this.lol Your children are very blessed to have such a creative mother who takes the time to teach them the important meaning of Easter that is fun and memorial for them. It is definitely more likely for them to understand and remember when they are part of the action. Great job Laura, keep shining for Christ!

Mary E said...

Resurrection rolls - must try that! Hope they're not disappointed not to find the marshmallow...

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