Activity Array

Here you'll find an array of activities for elementary children that can be used in Children's Ministry, after-school programs, in the classroom and by homeschoolers.

Jesus Gives His Life: His Death, Resurrection, Visits, and Ascension

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Prophecies in the Old Testament foretold the coming of the Messiah. God had set a time for His ministry and sacrifice. Jesus ministry here on earth was drawing to close. After His baptism, he had led His disciples, preached and taught many lessons, healed many, and through His miracles showed that He was indeed the Messiah, the Son of God. Yet this was not the end of the mission.

Now He set his eyes on the cross. As written in John 10:18 Jesus said, “No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” Jesus chose to pay the price for sin, He took our punishment, He died for us. Yet this was not the end of the mission.

Jesus rose again! He visited His disciples and they are witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection. Because He lives and conquered death, He gives us eternal life! Yet this was not the end of the mission.

Jesus promised, as written in John 14:2-3, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” We look forward to the end of the mission!

Jesus Anointed — John 12

We can choose, like Mary, to honor God and share our love for Him. Sharing our love for Jesus is like a sweet smell wafting through the air.

Triumphal Entry — John 12

This Bible story can be found in all the gospels. We’ll have fun praising God in skit or with action figures made by us! God is worthy of our praise! Jesus is amazing! Let’s praise them for all they do. The action figures are not original.

Some of the following are Under Construction

Jesus Celebrates the Passover — Luke 22

This presentation correlates Luke’s account of the Lord’s Supper with the Passover celebration. The children get to participate in the Passover with the foods. We hear of Jesus’ love and are reminded that He indeed is our Redeemer and Savior. He is the Messiah and invites us to join in His kingdom, so we look forward to the final fulfillment of the Passover when Jesus comes again. It is His blood that is on the door to our hearts. He is the Passover Lamb that died for our sin. He is coming to take us to Heaven, our Promised Land. It is because of Jesus’ sacrifice that we are truly free! He has redeemed us and, as we find in Revelation 22, will eventually recreate and restore our home on earth where we will live eternally, when it is time.

The Lord’s Supper — Matthew 26 plus Mark and John

This presentation shows the Lord’s Supper and acknowledges the weakness in Judas and Peter. We will follow their stories along with Jesus’ Faithfulness in the next few presentations. We see how much Jesus loves us. He is our strength. He is Faithful!

Jesus Gives His Life Synopsis — Savior Souvenirs

In this PowerPoint presentation we take a quick look at many of the significant times during Jesus’ last week before He gave His life. For each of the stories, there is an object for the kids to collect. I call the collection Savior Souvenirs. It is very similar to Resurrection Eggs, however I felt I made enough changes to call it something different and I wanted to honor those who have decided to move away from the pagan portions of Easter. We place the souvenirs in a gift box (that I got from Dollar Tree) because Jesus gave the greatest gift of all — His life! Through him we have forgiveness and eternal life! Print out.

Savior Souvenirs Print Out

Jesus is Alive! Just as He said. Luke 24 — Walk to Emmaus, Visiting Disciples, Ascension

This presentation is based on Luke 24. It highlights the walk to Emmaus and Jesus visiting the disciples. We start out with a yummy snack that helps tell the story of Jesus’ burial and resurrection, Resurrection Rolls with croissant rolls and marshmallows. This is a fun story to act out if you desire. We end with Jesus’ ascension. This presentation is best for year A.

Jesus is Alive! Believe it! John 20 — Jesus visits Mary, the disciples, and Thomas

This presentation is based on John 20. It highlights Mary Magdalene seeing Jesus at the tomb and Jesus visiting the disciples again while Thomas is there. We are encouraged to believe it — Jesus is alive! He gave his witnesses proof. They believed and we can too! We start this presentation by making resurrection rolls with marshmallows and croissant bread. We also make some cute bag puppets to help tell the story. This presentation is best for year C.

More lessons on the way:

Jesus Promises Eternal Life and the Holy Spirit — John 14 & 16

The Vine and Branches — John 15

Gethsemane — Jesus Prays — John 17 and

Jesus Arrested and Peter’s Denial — John 18

Jesus Crucified, Buried, and an Empty Tomb! — John 19-20

A Miraculous Catch and Breakfast on the Beach — John 21

Jesus’ Great Commission and Ascension — Luke 24:36-51; Acts 1

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Author: Janelle C

I enjoy planning lessons, directing VBS and child care programs. Children's ministry is my passion. God Almighty is my strength and inspiration. For fun I choose hiking, canoeing, camping, cooking, and reading.

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