Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus. The holiday is typically marked by a church service, meals shared with family and commercial activities and crafts, such as Easter egg hunts. To help children remember the purpose and meaning behind the holiday, enlisting them to perform skits can help remind them of the sentiment behind the traditions.
The Last Supper
The Last Supper, which refers to the last time Jesus broke bread with his disciples, is a critical event that marks the beginning of the Easter story. Have the children recreate this occurrence using the Bible to formulate the script. The children could also put a more modern spin on the biblical story, adapting the dinner to a more current rendition of a meeting of friends and a mentor. Presenting the story in this unconventional fashion can help make the events more understandable, such as the betrayal by Judas, which was referenced in the Last Supper.
The Empty Tomb
Jesus' female followers found that his tomb was empty, and that the stone that had blocked the entrance had been rolled away. This can serve as an inspirational and profound skit for children to perform. Upon entering the tomb and finding it empty, the women were greeted by an angel who told them that Jesus was no longer there. This is the beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecy that Jesus would rise again. By interpreting this event in a skit, children can realize the profound impact this had on the entire Easter story.
The Resurrection is what is celebrated during the Easter season. Have the children act out the scene in which Jesus reveals himself to his disciples. Have them react with awe and shock to display the significance of the event. Have one student doubt his Resurrection and question Jesus, asking for proof as one of the disciples did. This will highlight the importance of faith for the children.
Have the children act a skit in which parents tell their small children the story of Easter. This will allow them to cover all aspects of the story in an engaging and entertaining manner, as they will be playing the roles of parents and children. The scene can take place around the dinner table and can incorporate all the details of the Easter story as the "parents" retell it. Some of the children's lines can be questions about the Easter story, which can prompt further details and explanations.
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