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EASTER TRANSFORMATION
Theme: Jesus is risen!
Scripture: Mark 16:4-8
Age Level: 4 to 9
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Activity Time: 20 minutes
Materials: Two wood craft sticks per child, cotton balls, small green pompoms, card stock, staplers, glue, google eyes, crayons, glitter and two 2-inch sections of green chenille craft wire per child.

These cute caterpillar-to-butterfly crafts help kids understand the transformation of Jesus' resurrection.

Have kids each cut two 5X5-inch pieces of card stock. Stack the card stock pieces, and then staple them on three sides to form a pocket. Kids can cover both sides of their pockets with cotton balls and glue to create a fuzzy cocoon.

While the glue dries, have kids decorate one popsicle stick to look like a worm by gluing green pompoms along one side of the stick. Kids can attach google eyes and green chenille craft wire for antennae.

Have kids decorate the other popsicle stick to look like a butterfly. Cut wings by folding a piece of card stock in half and cutting a half-wing shape along the fold. Kids can decorate the wings with crayons or glitter. Center and glue the wings to the bare side of the popsicle stick. Glue on google eyes and green chenille wire for antennae.

Read aloud the Scripture. Ask, "What happens to caterpillars when they go to sleep inside their cocoons? Caterpillars become beautiful butterflies and leave their cocoons behind, empty. How is the story of Jesus' empty tomb like or unlike the way caterpillars leave behind their cocoons? How is Jesus' resurrection like or unlike the butterflies? Let's thank God for making his son Jesus the most beautiful butterfly of all."
Mary Ann Richardson
San Antonio, Texas

GOD IS HERE
Theme: God is always with us
Scripture: John 7:33
Age Level: 10 to 12
Prep Time: Time to purchase cameras
Activity Time: One week
Materials: Disposable cameras, construction paper, card stock, and a bulletin board.

Give preteens an assignment to complete over one week: Answer the question, "Where is God?" Use this activity during Easter to help kids understand that even though Jesus' physical body is gone, he is always with us.

Give each preteen a disposable camera. (For larger classes, you may want to have kids work in pairs.) Have them look for places where they see God and take a picture of each location or person. These places could be a hospital room, a place on the couch, a friend, a church, or anywhere they feel God's presence.

Collect the cameras the following week and develop the film. Then make a special Easter bulletin board to display the photos, or have kids create their own "God Is Here" photo albums using card stock and construction paper.
Lori Stansbury
Reading, Ohio

THAT REMINDS ME
Theme: Last Supper
Scripture: Luke 22:19-20
Age Level: 6 to 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Activity Time: 20 to 30 minutes
Materials: Nine brown paper grocery bags numbered one through nine, a bottle of grape juice, bread, popped popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, Tootsie Rolls candies, candy canes, marshmallows, cupcakes, and jelly beans. You'll also need the actual Lord's Supper elements your church uses.

This activity helps kids understand why Christians take the Lord's Supper and what Jesus meant when he said, "This do in remembrance of me."

Prepare nine numbered brown paper bags before class. In the first sack, place a bottle of grape juice, a piece of bread, and any other Lord's Supper elements. Set aside the bag. Then place the other items in separate bags and set them in a prominent location in your classroom.

Read aloud the Scripture. Then ask for kids to reveal the contents of each bag except the one you've set aside. Have kids sample the food from the bags.
As each different food item is revealed, ask, "What does this food remind you of? At what kind of events or places would you find this food? When was the last time you had this food? Do you like this food? Why or why not? Do you have any good memories associated with this food? any bad memories?"

Reveal the bread and grape juice from the last bag and explain what Jesus did with each item. Say, "Every time a Christian eats this bread and wine, we remember Jesus." Discuss the Lord's Supper as it relates to your church's tradition.
Wendy Nelson
Hampton, Iowa

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