Week of Easter, Count Down Activities March 30- April 12
Updated: 4 days ago
Last Easter the Come Follow Manuel asked families to study the life of Christ every day. It was wonderful, and a tradition that we want to keep doing with our families. You are welcome to join me and Mitzi @ comefollowmekid.com as we share our Easter Count downs and activities with you.
Here is the first Easter Count Down from Mitzi:
You can download this at comefollowmekid.com
We have added more to Resurrection Sunday to incorporate the Book of Mormon and Christ appearing to the people in America.
Here is my count down:
It was made with the intention to hold daily activities inside each burlap sack. Here is a tutorial if you would like to make it. If that is too difficult there is always Mitzi's, but also you can easily simplify this with paper bags or manila envelops and scrapbooking paper.
One more count down, this is good for Primary teachers to send this home with their class, or for children who like to color and make their own.
Most of my old Easter activities were a little bit of an embracement. But, it's great to see how far I've come in my ability to provided cute, meaningful activities for kids. So I've been hard at work brushing these up.
Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (Matt 21:6-11)
I'm starting you off with a sensory activity. If you look closely it says: "After coloring, glue pieces of fabric, leaves, and branches to the path." This was so fun for my little one. When we went looking for branches and leaves, we found all kinds of treasures: Bird feather, ribbon, small sones, and surprisingly some fabric. I have a "scrap bin" that my kids are always welcome to fish out fabric, too.
As you can see, the path is completely covered, I think she was still glue more on after this picture was taken. It was so fun!
It was a fun discussion, I read the scripture to her a couple of times while she was working on it, and talked about how very special Jesus is. Next time we do this it will be with the whole family...whole different discussion, it was kind of nice to have a special moment with just Lucy and me.
Notice that the Scripture says "Hosanna!"
Here is a beautiful Easter Song called "Easter Hosanna"
Beautiful art and very christ centered, sung by children.
The cleansing of the temple. (Matt 21:12-16)
Here is a sorting activity for younger children.
If this is something you think you will pull out every year, then I recommend laminating it and adding some velcro.
For older children:
It would actually look better if you folded the flap and glued it so it can't be seen, my son did this when I wasn't paying attention.
Here is a interactive song about the temple:
Here is a temple puzzle:
It can be printed Here
I'm adding side walk chalk to my Monday burlap sack on the countdown banner. If the weather is bad then I will switch it to another day.
If you want to stick to the lesson you can draw temples, or you can trace the children's bodies into the concrete and talk about how our bodies need to stay clean like a sacred temple.
This is a day that Jesus taught, one of the things he taught was about faith.
For Younger Kids
For Older Kids
For even younger kids, I recommend making mountains out of play dough. In fact I just put play dough in the Easter Count Down. Because I know, even my teenagers will play with it, while we talk about Faith that day.
Here is a great play-dough recipe:
Yay! It's spring! What better way to teach about faith? Put a packet of seed in the count down to provide a little surprise for your kiddos.
Print this Here
Here is a interactive song about Faith:
You can print this Here
Jesus continues teaching. Here is a color by number that kids can do while you read from the scriptures.
This is also the day of the last super, and the washing of his disciples feet:
If you are looking for a sensory activity, here is one for washing of the feet:
Instructions and printing here
Here is a free coloring page of the last super:
This is an activity from last year. It has the same scriptures that Jesus taught right before he died. It could also be turned into a file folder if you plan on repeating this every year. Just laminate and velcro.
The Sheep go on the right and the Goats on his left hand, but you can read the scriptures and have the kids figure that out.
Then the match up the correct bodies, or scriptures.
This day needs a song:
Did you know you can paint eggs with water color? Then you don't have to worry about staining clothes. I'm putting this in my count down today, so my kids and I can paint eggs on this day.
The Passover and Christ Suffering in Gethsemane Matt 26
Definitely sing Gethsemane today. Or watch one of these people sing it:
The very famous Claire- Here
Here is another cute girl named Reese, this has beautiful art work with it. Here
Here is one from the church with Primary children singing it Here
Here is a puzzle, that helps learn an important scripture.
This also goes along with this weeks primary lesson, the manual suggest:
Come Follow Me-For Primary page 54 "Testify that Jesus Christ felt all our "pains and sickness" so that He could understand how to comfort us."
You can print this Here
Here is a coloring page from
I did change the words.
I think of this scripture/principal ALL the time in my life. When I think it is too hard to study my scriptures or to stay focused during the sacrament.
It is a good time to learn the 3rd article of Faith. Mix it up and see if they can put it in the right order:
Friday: Trial Crucifixion and Burial (Matt 27:1-61)
This is a hard day. As a church we don't focus on the crucifixion very much. There isn't much in the Friend about it either. I focused on one scripture, and I thought a lot about it. Jesus was treated so badly that he couldn't carry his own cross. But, Simon had compassion and carried it for him. I think any of us would do the same as Simon, if we could. We can't, but we can serve his children.
Here is the most child friendly video of the Crucifixion I can find. Put out by the church. Chapter 53: Jesus is Crucified.
If you like this day for focusing on serving, here is another activity:
Print this activity Here
Here is a song, I'm trying to be like Jesus:
You can print it Here
Here is a printable if you are serving a neighbor, it's a great time of year to give flowers.
Prints in sets of 2
I found these cute cookie cutters and sprinkles at Smith's. I thought that would be fun to put in the Easter Countdown, as a surprise for my kids, to let them know today we make cookies!
Saturday: (Matt 27:62-66)
Jesus's body was in the tomb while he was administering in the spirit world.
This is a great day to reflect on Jesus.
You can print this Here
This is a simple printable, it can just be a coloring/drawing page and helps with teaching, but you can also add string, buttons, wiggle eyes and fabric to turn it into a sensory activity.
Here is an activity that shows what was going on while Jesus was in the spirt world, and after, spoiler alert, he is resurrected. So if you don't want to learn about that yet, you can save this activity for Sunday, but that is a pretty busy day.
Sunday: Appearance of the Resurrected Christ (Matt 28:1-10)
& (3 Nephi 11:1-17)
Yay! The Resurrection! Happy Easter!
Here is a resurrection mitten to show that Christ's body was united with his spirit.
If you wan to act out the Resurrection, there are some mask with small speaking parts Here.
Last of all, since we are learning about the Book of Mormon this year. Here is a printable that show that Christ appeared to his Apostles and to his children in America.
Also, it helps with the Primary lesson this week:
Come follow Me- For Primary page 53 “Teach the children that in addition to the people who saw the resurrected Savior in Jerusalem, thousands saw Him when He appeared in the Americas.”
You can sing the last verse in Book of Mormon Stories:
After Christ was crucified and died for you and me,
He came forth to teach the truth to all who would be free.
Hands were laid upon each child. He blessed them tenderly,
And they lived in the land righteously.
Print in Black and White to make a great coloring activity.
I'm finally done with the Week of Easter, I think I need a nap(: Hope you all enjoy!