Year 01/Lesson 13: Jesus is Resurrected


You may remember me sharing that I am a part of a special LDS Easter celebration with other bloggers!  This project is one I cam up with specifically for this challenge and I hope to make it a new family tradition each year leading up to Easter.  CLICK HERE to find the Easter projects from all of the other LDS bloggers participating. There is a great selection and I know you'll find great activities for a Christ-centered Easter with your family!

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK Pictures 240, 227, 231 and 233, symbols of Easter including a branch, egg, white cloth, nail, a stone and flowers.

Scripture: Matthew 28:5-6 - And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Opening Song: Jesus Has Risen (PCS #70 ) or Did Jesus Really Live Again? (PCS #64)


Hold a picture of Jesus the Christ (GAK 240) , face down in your lap. Tell the children that you are going to talk about someone who is very important. Ask the children to guess who this person is after you give them the following clues:

1. This person loves everyone very much.

2. He lived on the earth long ago and organized his church.

3. He taught us how to live and be happy.

4. He blessed people and told them to be kind and loving.

When the children have guessed (or you have told them) that the person is Jesus, display the picture.

(Tell the following Story of the Resurrection)

When Jesus was on earth he taught people, healed them and told people how to return to Heavenly Father. Many people who lived during Jesus’ time on earth loved him. However, some people did not like Jesus. They did not believe he was Heavenly Father’s son.

The people who didn’t like Jesus were very mean to him. They didn't want him to be able to teach and lead others. They were afraid he would become to powerful. They decided to take his life.

Show picture (GAK 227) of Jesus Praying in Gethsemane.

• What is Jesus doing in this picture?

Before Jesus died, he went to pray in a place called the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus suffered there for our sins so we could repent and be forgiven of the wrong things that we do. Jesus was the only person who had the power to do this for us. He did it because he loves us so much.

The next day wicked soldiers drove nails through Jesus’ hands and feet and hung him on a cross. They left Jesus on the cross until he died. When Jesus died, his spirit left his body and went to heaven. Remind the children that each of us has a spirit. Our spirits cannot be seen, but they are what make us alive.

Show picture (GAK 231) of Burial of Jesus.

The people who loved Jesus took his body and wrapped it carefully in cloths. They carried Jesus’ body to a tomb (a cave-like place where people were buried) and gently laid his body there.

Show picture (GAK 233) of Jesus Appearing to Mary in the Garden

Three days after he died, Jesus' friend Mary went to see his body, but it was gone. She was afraid that someone had taken his body away. She was sad. But Jesus was resurrected. He was alive again. When Jesus died, his spirit left his body. When he was resurrected, his spirit came back into his body.
  • How do you think Mary felt when she saw her friend, Jesus, was alive again?
  • How do you think we will feel when we get to see our friend and brother, Jesus Christ, again?
The day Jesus was resurrected was the first Easter. We celebrate Easter each year to help us remember that Jesus was resurrected. Because Jesus suffered for our sins in Gethsemane and was Resurrected, each of us will be resurrected and can return to live with our Heavenly Father again.

Pass around a basket containing items that represent the true meaning of Easter. Have your
children take turns picking up an item from the basket and then tell what the item represents in the Easter story. Choose from the following ideas or select your own Easter symbols to place in your basket.

A small twig with leaves – The garden of Gethsemane where Jesus suffered for our sins
A nail – His crucifixion
White cloth – His burial in the tomb
A small, round, flat stone – The stone that covered the borrowed tomb
A regular cooking egg – Life within the tomb
Flowers – The resurrected Christ’s appearance to Mary in the Garden near the tomb.

Share your testimony about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Express gratitude that we can return to live with Heavenly Father again because of what Jesus did for us.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the March Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: My Easter Storybook
(adapted from an activity by Janet Porter for the Children's Friend Magazine)
Have children color and cut-out the pages of this Easter mini-book.
Punch holes and bind with thread or staples.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Join me on Facebook // Instagram // Pinterest

This post may contain affiliate links for products and services I love and whole-heartedly believe in. Thanks so much for your support! See the full disclosure.

20 Way Righteous Comments:

Carr Family said...

What a great lessons. Love the mini story books too! Will be great for my daughters. Thank you!!!

Kristin said...

We used this lesson last night and it my four year old son loved it!! Thank you!

Natalie Larsen said...

This was a great lesson for my 7 and 4 year old. I let them choose an object out of the basket to hold while I told the story of Jesus so that they would pay attention better.

Shantell said...

I have a 3yr old boy and we are just getting started on our FHE lessons. I'm so glad I found your blog and I'm excited to start using your amazing lessons. Thanks so much for sharing!

Jared and Andrea said...

Just wanted to say thank you for posting your wonderful ideas. I just discovered your site this year (2011) and it has helped me out so much. Thanks!

Kristi said...

thanks! This will be great for our Easter lesson tonight.

Robert said...

My 2 year old loves any FHE lesson that has something to color. Thank you so much for putting these lessons together!

Alana said...

Liked the simple questions easy for my small children to understand.

Travis and Teresa Wilson said...

Thank you for saving our FHE tonight! Perfect simple lesson for my 4 year old. He will love the coloring pages.

Britta said...

Your site is great! I love all the freebies (I used some for conference this year) and you have great, simple ideas. Thanks!

Dani said...

This mini-book is fantastic! Thanks for making it.

Dani said...

A way I used the mini-book was cut out all the pages and had my kids put them in order first, then we stapled and colored. Worked well for little ones!

Heather Moxley said...

Thanks for the activity booklet! The girls learned about the resurrection in Primary on Sunday and they were wanting to learn more!

Anonymous said...

Thanks this is a great easter fhe :)

Suzette said...

I am using this lesson tonight. I only have a few days left before Easter, so it was so nice to just look on your site for the perfect lesson. I knew right where to look! Thanks again!

kimi + joe said...

My friend recommended this blog and it's been my go-to resource for several weeks. Thank you SO much for these practical, fun, inspiring, kid-friendly ideas. I'm a BIG fan.

Emily Earl said...

I love the idea of passing around the basket.

Barney and Shelby said...

Thank you! I'm excited to explore your blog! What I have looked at so far looks great!

Allie Venema said...

Thank you for this FHE outline! I am going to do this with my family tonight!

katielyn said...

Thank you for sharing! I love how you use well known pictures of Jesus to teach the message. This will definitely help my little ones learn more about Jesus as they see this pictures in other places.

Post a Comment

window.setTimeout(function() { document.body.className = document.body.className.replace('loading', ''); }, 10);