Thinking about Easter:
Take objects from the box one by one and display them on a cloth. Ask a child to say of each one what it has to do with the Easter story. You could use BBC broadcasts: ‘Religions of the World’ for 5-7s and ‘My Life My Religion’ for 7-11s to recap on the Easter Story and practice if the class need this. Here is a list of what might go in the box, but you can do this according to what you have available.
- An egg. Symbol of new life, it looks like a stone, but something alive comes from it, like the grave of Christ in the Easter story.
- A rabbit. A common symbol for spring and for Easter, wrapped up in a myth of the ‘Easter Bunny’.
- Thirty pieces of silver (mostly 10p pieces here). The price Judas was paid to betray Jesus.
- A six inch nail. Jesus was crucified by the Romans, who used nails to torture people to death. Not for infants!
- A world. Christians believe that Jesus’ death was not just a tragedy, but an act of love that saves the world.
- A chocolate rabbit. In the tradition of Easter chocolate!
- A bandage. The body of Jesus was buried wrapped in bandages.
- A Divine chocolate bar. Chocolate has a special place at Easter, partly because Lent, the 40 previous days, is a time of abstinence.
- A donkey. Jesus’ last week began with a triumphant procession into Jerusalem on a donkey.
- An image of Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was a witness to his death and at the empty tomb. What might she have felt on these two days?
- A crucifix. An image of Jesus on the cross, easy to call a ‘Friday Cross’ for children.
- An empty cross. An image of the cross with nobody on it: a resurrection image, easy to refer to as a ‘Sunday Cross’.
- A figure of the risen Christ. Jesus back from the dead, with wounds in his hands and feet.
- A lamb. Christians call Jesus ‘the Lamb of God’: to them, he is the sacrifice that brings humanity and God together.
Four thinking activities:
- Speak and listen: Discuss each object’s connection to Easter stories and celebrations.
- Play ‘Kim’s Game’. Cover the objects with the cloth and ask pupils if they can remember all 14.
- Put the 14 in number order. Lay out numbers 1-14 in a line and invite different children to start at the bottom: what is least important at Easter? 14th least important? Work up to number 1.
- Writing about what matters at Easter. Ask pupils to select the three objects they think say the most about the Easter festival, and write a paragraph to explain why they chose these three.