Wait, Easter is coming up! If you are looking for some free Easter Bible lessons for kids, then take a look at these great resources:
Are you looking for something to supplement your Easter lesson? Try one of these Easter Object Lessons, each of which are exciting illustrations that can be incorporated into your lesson!
Looking for some great children’s object lessons for Easter? When you are teaching your kids about Easter, there are some pretty big topics that you will need to explain to them. One of the best ways to help them learn about these topics in a concrete way is through the use of object lessons. Here are three Easter object lessons that are engaging and easy to do, along with some of my favorite Easter resources!
1. The Egg is Gone. For this object lesson, you will need two eggs and a bowl. Take an egg and gently poke a few holes in the side of it, so that the yoke can come out of the egg (you may need to blow it out). Just make sure the egg doesn’t crack. When presenting this egg to the kids, make sure they can’t see any holes in the egg. Tell your kids the story about Jesus and His resurrection from the tomb. When explaining how Jesus wasn’t found in the grave, pull out the eggs for the object lesson. As you crack the whole egg, explain how May and Mary Magdalene thought they were going to find Jesus in the tomb. Then, crack the empty egg, sharing how they were surprised that Jesus wasn’t there, because He has risen! If timed well, your kids will be amazed that you cracked open an “empty” egg.
Have you ever wondered why your message didn’t hit home for your audience? You had great content, but the message wasn’t quite the home run you were looking for.
Here are some important speaking statistics that we need to know when preparing and presenting our messages. These statistics* break down how your audience understands your message:
• 55% facial expression
• 38% tone
• 7% content
Jesus Christ was the Master Teacher. He used a wide variety of teaching methods, which each had their own advantage when teaching to different audiences.
Do you use different teaching methods when you teach? Take a look at these seven great teaching methods that Jesus used.
1. Parables. Jesus spoke often using parables, which are stories that illustrate an important truth. He would often use the life situations of the people He spoke to in order to create a story that would have a big impact on them. The main distinction with parables is that the summary of the story should demonstrate the important truth that needs to be shared. For examples, see Luke 10 and 15.
2. Object Lessons. Jesus used object lessons all the time. Sometimes he would use actual objects, and sometimes he would act out the object lesson. The main goal with an object lesson is to share an important truth visually. For examples of different types of object lessons, see Matt 19, Mark 12, John 4, and John 13.
It can be very difficult to create engaging activities for some Old Testament Bible lessons. There were so many bad kings! Here is an engaging game to help your kids learn how to distinguish what it meant for a king to be either good or bad!
The Good King or Bad King Game Show
Ages: K-5th Grade
Purpose: To show that good kings in the Old Testament were leaders who followed God, while bad kings were leaders who didn’t follow God.
I’m serious. This is literally the biggest mistake you can ever make in children’s ministry, or in any ministry for that matter. In fact, it may be one of the very reasons that children will walk away from church without a Biblical foundation for their faith. What is it?
It’s official- there is finally a comprehensive list of children’s ministry curriculum and resource providers! Because of the size of this list, I have divided it into several different categories:
- Major Children’s Ministry Curriculum Providers
- Curriculum Packs and Single Lesson Providers (coming at a later time)
- Children’s Bibles and Bible Resources (coming at a later time)
Children’s ministry curriculum providers are companies that create curriculum with a scope and sequence that runs for over 3 months, and typically have a scope and sequence of 1-3 years.
These lists are designed to give you the ability to take a look at all of your options when it comes to curriculum- so that you can choose the best curriculum for your ministry needs! As you can imagine, it was alot of work to put together this list, and there is definitely a good chance I missed a curriculum provider or two. So if you see that I missed one, add it into the comments, and I will add it to the list!
Curriculum Providers: If you would like to request a review for one of your products, please visit the Product Reviews section and contact me for further details.
Ladies and gentlemen… here are your curriculum providers!
Major Kidmin Curriculum Providers:
- Answers in Genesis: Answers Bible Curriculum (3y)
- Augsberg Fortress: Classroom (2y), Lectionary (3y), and Spark Rotation
- Children Desiring God: OT & NT for Preschoolers (2y) and Sunday School Study Series (9m)
- Children’s Ministry Deals: Children’s Ministry Curriculum
- Cokesbury: Grow, Proclaim, Serve! (3y)
- David C. Cook: Bible-in-Life (2-3y), Echos (2-3y), Rio (2y), Scripture Press (2y), Tru
- DiscipleLand: Adventure, Core Bible (1y), DiscipleTown (2y), Discovery: OT and NT for Preschool
- Disciplr: Multiple Curriculum Options
- Elevate: Elevate Kids, Elevate Kids Jr.
- Faith Alive Curriculum: DWELL (1-3y), Kid Connection (4y), Walk with Me (1-3y)
- Friends and Heroes: Church Bible Lessons (1.5y)
- Gospel Light: Sunday School, Kids Church, Give Me Jesus (2-4y)
- Gospel Publishing: Explorers (1y), Radiant Life
- Great Commission Publications: Kids Quest Catechism Club
- Group: Buzz (2y), FaithWeaver (3y), Faithweaver Friends (3y), Hands On Bible Curriculum (2y), Hands On Worship (2y), KidsOwn Worship (3y), LIVE Children’s Curriculum (3y), Living Inside Out (3y), Play-N-Worship
- Harper Collins Publishers: Jesus Storybook Bible curriculum (10m)
- Harvest Bible Chapel: Harvest Kids Curriculum (1y)
- High Voltage: Kids Ministry Curriculum
- Hillsong Kids: BIG curriculum (1y)
- Karen Henley Resources: Bible Learning (7m), Foundations (1.5y)
- Kidology: Open Source Curriculum (3y)
- KidsKount Publishing: Kingdom Quest (10y) and Kids Church (6y)
- Kids Sunday School: Simple Sunday School Lessons
- Kidtrek: Sunday Plus
- Kidzana: Sunday School Curriculum (1-2y)
- Kidzmatter: This iKnow Curriculum (3y)
- Life Bible Study: Treasuring Christ (4y)
- Lifeway: Explore the Bible (3m), The Gospel Project (3y)
- Nazarene Publishing House: EPIC (1y), Tell Me the Story (1y), and Wiggles, Giggles, and God
- Orange: 252 Basics (3y) and First Look
- Praise Factory: 104 Big Questions of the Bible and Teach, Take, and Tell
- Randall House: D6 Curriculum (6y)
- Shine Curriculum: Becoming God’s People (3y)
- Standard Publishing: HeartShaper
- Superchurch: Club Hero and Superchurch 2.0
- What’s in the Bible: What’s in the Bible Curriculum (over 1y)
Disclosure: I have not been compensated for including any company on this list, and the inclusion of a company on this list does not equal a recommendation from me. For curriculum recommendations, please contact me with your specific needs.
Follow the Voice!
- Colored construction paper
- Take some colored construction paper and set up a square or rectangle that is approximately 10 pages x 10 pages.
- Create any path that you would like from the starting square to the last square, and write the path down on a piece of paper. Make it challenging enough for the children in your ministry! Just make sure the children know that they can only move forwards, backwards, and sideways (not diagonally), and make sure the kids know that they can never step on the same square twice.
Pick one child to navigate the course. Have the rest of the kids line up around the square and shout out different directions (tell them to shout out the wrong directions on purpose). Before you start, select one child to always tell the truth about the correct path to take, and let that child know secretly what about their role. The child in the middle will then attempt to navigate the course. If he steps on the wrong square (off the path), then he has to start over!
Have a leader hold the answer sheet with the correct path from the starting square to the last square. The child will need to check with every step to see if they made the right choice or not. Once the child reaches the last square on the map, he/she wins!
(Note: if you have a large group of children, split them into groups for this game, possibly their small groups)
Directions for Kids:
One of you will try to navigate this course. You may only move one square at a time, along a secret path. If you step on the wrong square, you will have to start over! The other kids will be trying to distract you and tell you the wrong way to go, but only one of them will be trying to help you the whole time. You can move forward, backwards, and sideways, but you can never step on the same square twice. If you step on the wrong square, you need to start over from the beginning. Once you reach the last square, you win!
Say (at the end of game): Even though there are many people that want us to listen to them instead of God, we need to listen to God and follow Him! In our story today, we are going to learn about someone from the Bible who didn’t always listen to God.
This past week, I was talking with someone about using the wordless book to share the Gospel with children. When considering using this method to share the Gospel, think about whether the children you are sharing with will understand your explanation of each of the colors (if the children relate the colors to different ethnic groups, then perhaps don’t use this). If you think your children will understand it, then take a look at this method.
Here is a quick summary of the different colors of the wordless book, including Bible verses for each one:
- Black: This color stands for sin. Who can tell me what sin is? Sin is when we disobey God. The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that everyone has sinned. Sin is what separates us from God, because God has never sinned. We cannot save ourselves from our sin.
- Red: This color stands for the blood of Jesus. Who can tell me what Jesus did for us? Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. John 3:16 says that Jesus did this to provide for our salvation. Not only did Jesus die for us, but He also rose from the dead to show His power over death!
- White: This color stands for the cleansing of salvation. Who can tell me how we can receive salvation? By accepting Christ and following Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that if we have accepted Christ, we have become a new creation. God forgives our sin and makes us as white as snow! We are justified before Him.
- Gold: This color stands for heaven. If you follow Christ and are a part of God’s family, you will get to spend eternity with God in heaven! Who can tell me what eternity is? Forever and ever. Jesus said in John 14:1-3 that He has gone to prepare a place in heaven for everyone who follows Him. (At this point, you can ask if they want to receive Christ and follow Him, then explain to them how to do so.)
- Green: This color stands for growth. If you are a follower of Christ, you need to grow in your new life! Can anyone tell me how plants grow? Water, light, and healthy dirt. Just like a plant needs those things to grow, we also need help to grow as followers of Christ, like it says in 2 Peter 3:18. To grow, we need to spend time talking to God in prayer, fellowshipping with other believers, and reading God’s Word. (Take time to explain what each of these areas looks like)
There you have it! Hopefully this short summary will help you share the Gospel with children. Feel free to add other Bible verses, illustrations, and other things to this method in order to make it effective when you use it. Next week, I will share about my favorite method for sharing the Gospel, which is the Bridge Method.
Alright, let’s be honest, doesn’t the idea that you can shoot lasers from your phone sound cool? It may be time to channel your inner Jedi… or, if you would like to use your phone as a laser pointer and slideshow remote, you can take a look at the iPin Lazer Presenter!
This laser pointer is pretty sweet. Plug it into the earphone jack of your phone, and the laser will use your battery for its power source. You can control the laser and your presentation straight from your phone. Included with the purchase of the laser is a free download of the iPin app.
Interested? You can check out this product on Amazon for $40. Expensive? Yes! (as Karl noted in the comments, you can pick up some hand-held lasers for as low as $2). It’s also cutting edge, so if you’re into those kind of things, and you are looking for something cool to spice up your presentations, this could be it.
Also, you can check out the demonstration video for the laser below. Enjoy!