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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | WBB Tridumm & Easter, WBB For Families

11 Easter Resources To Use With Catholic Children – Liturgical Year

The season of Easter is a special time to rejoice over the new life we have in Christ. The Easter season lasts fifty days and ends on Pentecost Sunday. As in all the seasons of the year, we remember Mary and the saints for their belief in Christ and witness to his Good news.

Below are 11 Easter resources you can use with your students or children. These Catholic Easter lessons, activities, and prayers will enrich this special liturgical season.

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EASTER TABLE PRAYER CARD

One of the special ways we celebrate Easter is by sharing a meal. Invite children to design a table prayer card to be shared during an Easter meal with family and friends.

This printable prayer card highlights the signs of new life that we experience during Easter and our new life in Jesus Christ.

After it is decorated, it can be used on Easter Sunday or before meals shared during the Easter season.

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EASTER CROSS CRAFT ACTIVITY

The Easter season is a sacred time in which Catholic families can rejoice over the new life we have in Christ.

Download a primary activity in which children make an Easter cross. Place the Easter cross in the family prayer space or other prominent place during the 50 days of Easter.

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EASTER MOBILE ACTIVITY

Make Easter mobiles with the children using this printable handout.

You’ll need to gather a stapler or hole puncher, scissors, string or yarn, crayons, markers, or colored pencils, and paste or glue. Have children decorate the parts of the mobile from the printable handout and then cut out the parts of the mobile. Assemble the mobiles using a hole puncher or stapler; attach one end of each piece of string or yarn to the "dot" on the mobile parts "love", "new life" and "Jesus." Staple the other end of each string to the "Easter" part of the mobile!

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EASTER SKIT ACTIVITY

The season of Easter is a season of meeting. We meet the risen Jesus in the Eucharist and in one another. Invite students to write and perform a skit that tells a story of “meeting” the risen Jesus. This Catholic Easter activity appeals to bodily-kinesthetic, linguistic, and interpersonal learners.

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ALLELUIA EASTER ACTIVITY

During the season of Easter, the Church sings the song of “Alleluia,” meaning “Praise God!” Teach Catholic children the meaning of the word Alleluia as they compose a song to celebrate Easter.

Catechists and parents may want to encourage kids to use a familiar melody for their original lyrics. They also may want to record children performing their songs and compile a classroom or family album to enjoy and share! Download the Alleluia Easter Activity now!

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PRAYER FOR EASTER EYES

Download a Prayer for Easter Eyes and use it in your home or parish as you celebrate the joyous season of Easter.

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EASTER PRAYER SERVICE

Are you looking for a great way to celebrate the Easter season with your chilldren or students? Download a seasonal prayer service to help introduce Easter to the students you teach. The Easter Prayer Service includes Scripture and a “new life” activity.

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A Blossoming Celebration Easter Prayer Service

The Easter: A Blossoming Celebration is a downloadable Easter-themed prayer experience and activity.

In this combination prayer service and art activity, young people in the intermediate grades are invited to joyfully and prayerfully celebrate the new life in Jesus Christ during the Easter season.

It is based on the Scripture passage in which the risen Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene, as well as beautiful imagery from the Book of Isaiah and Song of Songs.

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EASTER LESSON & PRAYER CELEBRATION

Signs of new life in Christ are around us all year long, but they take on a particular meaning during the Easter season.

Download a 4-page reproducible Easter lesson and prayer celebration to use during this special season.

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DISCOVERING THE NEW LIFE OF EASTER LESSONS & COMMUNITY EVENT

Discovering the New Life of Easter is a fully multi-generational event designed to bring children, youth, and adults together to pray, share faith, and learn more about Easter practices and traditions.

These handouts can be used together as a full event of individually as separate Easter lessons.

 

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A PRAYER OF EASTER GRATITUDE REFLECTION

Encourage children to express their gratitude for Christ’s gift of life. Download A Prayer of Easter Gratitude Reflection and use it with your family or class to name the ways you have been blessed this Easter.

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