Updated April 2019!
This post includes a comprehensive list of stories, videos, coloring pages and activities for children. All stories, coloring pages and activity sheets can be freely downloaded, printed and used at no cost for group events or at home. Happy Easter!
If you are looking for children's devotional articles and presentations about Easter or topics related to Easter, you can find a large list of free resources here.
He is Risen – the story of the first Easter for children ages 1-4. You can also download for free in epub or mobi format.
Jesus Returns – The story of the second coming of Jesus, for children ages 2 – 7.
The Ant and the Caterpillar - for children ages 3 - 7 years old
The First Easter – for children ages 5 – 7 years old.
The Last Supper - The story of the last meal Jesus shared with His disciples. For children from 5 - 7 years old.
Bible MiniWorld: The Easter Story - A comic of the story of the First Easter, for children ages 5 - 7.
Why Easter? - A short book for children ages 6 - 8 to help them understand why Jesus came to earth to save us. Also available for free in epub and mobi format.
The Three Trees - for children ages 6 - 12 years old.
“I Saw, I Touched, I Believed” - The story of the Resurrection of Jesus, as told by the Apostle Thomas. For children ages 7 on up.
The Soldier's Story - The story of Easter as told by one of the soldiers involved in the Crucifixion. For children ages 9 on up.
What Happened on That Day? – for children ages 8 – 12 years old.
Fascinating Facts about Easter – for children ages 8 – 12 years old.
"A Son at the Length" - for children ages 9 - 12 years old.
A Spot along the Way Home - for children ages 9 - 12 years old
The Empty Cage - an Easter allegory for children ages 8 - 12 years old
The Eyewitness - Dramatized Easter story based on Matthew 26-27 and John 18. For children ages 8 - 12.
Easter - Yesterday, Today and Forever - A fascinating children’s book with allegories and stories that reveal the real meaning of Easter. For children ages 8 - 12. To download this book for free in epub or mobi format, click here.
Another Layer of Easter - Discover the connection between the first Easter and the Day of Pentecost. For children ages 8 - 12.
A Russian Captain Finds Jesus – Comic featuring the true story of a Russian captain who hears about Jesus and the resurrection for the very first time. For children ages 8 - 12.
Is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ True? – Comic showing historical evidence that Jesus lived, was crucified and rose from the dead. For children ages 8 - 12.
NEW! The King of Glory - KING of GLORY tells the story of the Creator-Owner of the universe and His plan to rescue His rebellious subjects from the kingdom of darkness. Ideal for children ages 8-9 years on up. This book is also captivating for preteens and teens.
Children's Easter Videos:
He is Risen (Animated Bible Classics) – for children ages 5-11. This video tells the story of the crucifixion, resurrection and Jesus' ascension into Heaven.
Worthy is the Lamb (Animated Bible Classics) – for children ages 6-11. This video tells the story of events leading up to Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion and features prophecies showing that these events were foretold by Old Testament prophets.
Bible for Beginners Easter video – ideal for children ages 1-5 years. Starts with Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and ends with the ascension.
He's Alive – short animated video of the Easter story; ideal for toddlers and preschoolers.
Cherub Wings: The Easter Story - for children ages 1 - 5 years. This short video clip of the story of Easter from Cherub Wings. This video not only tells the story of Jesus' death and resurrection but also explains God's plan of salvation for mankind.
Storykeepers: The Magic of Easter - For children ages 6 on up. The story of Easter is related in parts by a Christian family in Rome who is struggling to flee from Nero's soldiers.
The Global Gospel: Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus – for children ages 6 on up. Features the stories of Jesus death, resurrection, appearances to the disciples and return to Heaven.
NEW! The King of Glory - This video uses thought-provoking narrative, a mix of 3D motion-graphics, simple animation, and live video to explain the story of redemption. It begins with creation and ends with Jesus' return to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Easter Coloring and Activity Pages:
Easter story coloring book and flannelgraph – for children from 1 – 5 years old
The Last Supper coloring pages - for children ages 1 - 11 years old. Includes a short story of the Last Supper and an explanation of communion.
Easter Verse Coloring Pages – Coloring pages with verses about Jesus’ death and resurrection. Ideal to help children memorize key Bible verses. Can be used with children ages 4 – 11.
Pray a Way: Easter - Two colorful prayer posters for Easter. Ideal for children ages 3 – 6.
Pray a Way Easter Coloring Pages - Coloring pages with Easter prayers, to accompany the posters listed above.
Assorted Easter coloring pages and activity sheets – for children ages 1-11 years old
Activity sheets – for children ages 5 – 8 years old
NEW! Why Easter Coloring Book - for children ages 5 on up. Can accompany the "Why Easter" booklet listed above or be used on its own.
3D Life of Jesus Pictures - for children ages 5 - 9 years old. Includes Jesus praying in the garden, the crucifixion and Jesus returning to Heaven.
A Meal with Jesus 3D Pictures - This set includes the Last Supper, the meal on the way to Emmaus and Jesus' meal with His disciples on the beach.
He is Risen 3D image – A creative project that can be printed and assembled in color or black/white.
Bible Paper Toys: The Easter Story – A fun project for older children ages 10 on up (younger children can help assemble the model with adult help and will likely enjoy playing with it as well).
Make an Easter Resurrection Garden – A fun Easter activity for kids of all ages. Can be easily adapted depending on the materials you have available at home.
Note: Be sure to check out this comprehensive list of resources for Lent to find even more children's stories, devotionals, coloring pages and arts and crafts that can be used for the Easter season!
Most kids, when asked, will say that Easter is a holiday with a bunny who hides eggs.Stores are decked out with plastic eggs, baskets, and bunnies every year reinforcing the secular side of Easter.
Easter is something much more, though. It is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So, how can a parent or grandparent teach the special kids in their lives about the true meaning of Easter? Here are a few ideas for teaching kids what Easter's really all about... (click here to read full article)
By Tomoko Matsuoka
At a primary school, during their weekly class on morals, some first-grade students were asked to finish the story of the hard-working ant and the lazy grasshopper in the way they thought would be best.
Most of us know this story—one of Aesop’s fables—of how the Grasshopper wasted the summer months playing his fiddle while the Ant labored hard storing food for the winter. When cold finally came, the industrious Ant and his friends were all safely tucked away with all that they would need, while the Grasshopper was left to search for food and found himself dying of hunger.
The six-year-olds were asked to draw a picture of and rewrite the ending of the story in any way they would like, but it needed to involve the Grasshopper asking the Ant for help. About half of the first-graders took the general view that since the Grasshopper was undeserving, the Ant refused to help him. The other half changed the end to say that the Ant told the Grasshopper to learn his lesson, and then he gave the Grasshopper half of what he had.
Then a little boy stood up and gave this version of the tale: After the Grasshopper came to the Ant and begged for food, the Ant unhesitatingly gave all the food he had. Not half or most, but everything. The boy was not finished, however, and cheerfully continued, “The Ant didn’t have any food left, so he died. But then the Grasshopper was so sad that the Ant had died that he told everyone what the Ant had done to save his life. And the Grasshopper became a good Grasshopper.”
Two things came to mind when this story was related to me. First, it reminded me what giving meant to Jesus. He didn’t go halfway for us, and He didn’t say we were “undeserving,” but He gave His all so that we could learn to “be good.” It was only through His total sacrifice that we were able to receive the gift of eternal life. It was just the way the Ant died for the Grasshopper in the six-year-old’s retelling of the classic tale. And for us it should also not end there. In gratitude, we should follow His example and give our all to tell of the wonderful thing He did for us.
Second, I learned what it means to give your all. It is not true giving unless it hurts, but when you do truly give, it will be multiplied many times over.
Article excerpted from Activated! magazine. Used with permission. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
By Beth Jordan
I don’t know if it is the same for all first-time mothers, but nothing holds my interest like watching my little girl. Her facial expressions, the excitement in her eyes, her curiosity—just about anything she does brings out the motherly love in me. And one wonderful day I realized that’s how Jesus, in His unconditional love, is with me.
As I watched my Ashley Elle sitting up on the bed and looking at me with her bright blue eyes, all smiles, I thought, How could I not love her? Sure, at six months she is as active as a puppy, she makes a mess sometimes, she fusses, she wakes up in the night and wants to be fed when I just want to sleep, but no matter what she does, there is no way that I could ever stop loving or caring for her.
Then I remembered the previous day, when I had felt so low and far from the Lord. I had made so many mistakes! Surely He had stopped loving me—or so it seemed. Then, as I looked into my baby’s eyes, He spoke to me. “How could I ever stop loving you? Why would I ever want to stop caring for you? You are the joy of My heart, and I love you. You are My girl. Sure, you aren’t perfect and you sometimes make a mess of things, but that’s all just part of growing up. I love you more and more every day. And don’t worry, you will always be My little girl!”
Courtesy of Activated magazine. Used with permission.