Teach children that we celebrate the death and Resurrection of Jesus during the Easter Triduum, the Three Days. The Church's celebration of the great Three Days begins on Holy Thursday evening and ends on Easter Sunday evening. Download printable Triduum activities designed for early childhood and primary aged children.
Triduum Primary Activity for Catholic Children
Prepare for this activity in advance. Compile photos and images of Holy Week liturgical celebrations and display them for the children to view. Begin the lesson by showing the children a calendar. Use the calendar to indicate the beginning and end of the Lenten season. Direct the children's attention to the images of Holy Week celebrations. Talk about each image and use the calendar to indicate which of the Three Days is being celebrated.
Distribute the Triduum Primary Activity sheets and read the directions aloud. Encourage children to draw pictures to show how the Church celebrates each of the Three Days. Provide art supplies such as crayons, markers, colored pencils, or watercolor paint for children to complete the activity.
Easter Triduum Triptych Activity for Catholic Children
Download a printable Triduum Triptych Activity in which children design a triptych to show that we celebrate the death and Resurrection of Jesus during the Easter Triduum.
Explain that a triptych is an art piece that has three panels. Discuss the symbol on each panel and identify which Three-Day celebration it represents. Have the children color the panels; then help them cut out the triptych. Glue the triptych and fold the panels along the fold lines shown. Encourage the children to share the triptych with their families and friends.