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The Thought behind our Activities for Easter

As a full-time primary teacher I was always on the hunt for Easter activities that took children through the Passion Week (Stations of the Cross) in chronological order.  I could find individual activities but I could never lay my hands on activities in one booklet which covered all the events leading to Jesus’s death and resurrection, and highlighted main themes and important bible verses.  So finally I have produced an activity booklet myself which included all the aspects I was looking for! 

As a teacher, I always wish to maximise a child’s learning, giving them as many learning opportunities as I can.  That’s why in my activity booklets I not only have the activity (i.e. Word Search or Dot-to-Dot), I also have bible verses to memorise and important themes I want children to know.

alive-jesus2What a privilege it is to teach children about God and his unconditional love for them.  The bible is jam-packed with goodness and truths for children to know.  For me, I was brought up in a Christian household, but only when I was older did the ‘head’ knowledge become ‘heart’ knowledge.  How transformed would a child’s life be if he/she had ‘heart knowledge’ from an early age that our God is all powerful; is all loving; is all forgiving; and in all ways for us?  This is my prayer for my own two girls!

As I work on activities, God takes me on a journey.  Making an activity is a relatively simple process…It’s the bible research, prayer and heart-to-heart discussion with God behind each story which can’t be rushed- My walk with God has been even more enriched through this precious time!  Bible stories which I had read many times before come alive again with new insights and messages for my life and my family.  These insights and messages I want reflected in the activity pages so that children are blessed too!

1So as you look through the activities (especially The Passion Week of Jesus), which come with each bible story, please know that these are all prayerfully considered, purposely designed and God-led.

I like to combine a number of different puzzle styles in a booklet:

  • Word Puzzles- Easter Word Searches, Criss-Cross, Word Unjumble
  • Drawing/Colouring- Dot to Dot, Mazes, Colour by Number, Colour In
  • Picture Puzzles- Find the Difference, Hide and Seek
  • Knowing the Story Facts- Cross Words, Matching Facts, Answer Questions
  • Bible Verse to Memorise- Decode Verse, Colour/Cut Out

In every booklet I feel it is important to have at least one activity where the child needs to recall what happened in the bible story and know the story facts.  This activity can be led by the teacher, Sunday school teacher or parent.  There is also at least one activity which highlights the main bible verse to memorise.  The rest of the activity booklet is then filled with activities children can complete independently.

The activity booklet can be given for children to complete independently.  However, it is even more Flyer-imagepowerful when an adult can share the bible story first with the child and highlight the main facts and important bible verses.

My prayer is that biblestorycartoons.com will become a powerful resource to engage and empower children!  May you too be richly blessed as you use this resource at home, at school and in your church.

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

Many blessings,
Sonya Staben

P.S.  Personally, I always loved doing puzzles when I was a child.  I was an avid collector of puzzle books, especially on family holidays.  My favourite type of puzzle as a child was Word Criss-Cross… and I think it still is.

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