Last year I told you about the Easter family devotional I created, but it was so last minute many of you were not able to use it. I wrote this last year for my 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School class to be able to take it home and teach it to their family. So, the Easter family Devotional is designed to be fairly intuitive and fun to do. I’ve used it for the past couple of years with my family as part of our Easter family discipleship.
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Holy Week Devotional supplies
the printable (Holy Week Devotional), glue stick, empty water bottle, blue food coloring, blue glitter, baby oil, water bottle, goldfish, crackers, aluminum foil, bandaids, straw, tissue paper squares (orange, red, and yellow), popsicle sticks, paper, snack bags, paper bags, hot glue gun
Prep before Sunday School
Palm Sunday, my class would put together their bag to take home, but there was a little bit of prep work I did for them ahead of time. I did not want them to make certain parts. Mainly the Jesus walking on water craft.
So, before Palm Sunday, drink an extremely large number of water bottles. Then fill it partially with water, add some blue dye, a little bit of glitter, a miniature popsicle stick, and baby oil. After I have added everything in, I hot glue the bottles closed so no one can manage to make a giant mess at church.
Next, I figure out roughly how many kids I have in my class, then add 5-10 extra, and make sure I have enough for each kid.
I frequently pre-make kits for small groups, so each teacher will already have what each small group will have, but it really depends on how ambitious I’m feeling.
What is the Holy Week Family Devotional?
The devotional starts on Palm Sunday, and just does an overview of how Jesus taught on that day, and from there it walks you through a simplified version of Jesus’ ministry and why He came here. I designed this devotional to be used during the Old Testament phase of our 2 year Bible curriculum, and have also designed one for when you’re in the midst of the New Testament (you’ll find links to it and more further down this post).
Each day of the Easter Family Devotional has a craft or simple activity to go along with the story for that day.
This day is Zacchaeus, and you’re making a coin (or if you want a fun snack pick up some chocolate coins). Actually, I changed up the pictures, so you can see the Zacchaeus craft, and the Jesus heals the sick craft.. The crafts have step-by-step pictures of what to do for each craft, just in case you’re not sure.
This year I added in some questions to talk about as a family after you’ve read the story and done the activity. The whole thing should take you 15 minutes or less each day if you keep up with it.
Hopefully, this Easter Family Devotional will be of use to you and your family. (To find it click on any of the pictures or links)
For more great Easter resources for your kids check out my Easter for kids page.