This week we’re tackling the crucifixion. It’s a heavy subject, obviously, but one that can be talked about in a totally age-appropriate way.
In an effort to help our littles understand this event-packed, theologically dense week, we here at Play Eat Grow are sharing devotionals centered on Passion Week that can help you show your children what Jesus did and endured so that we could have a relationship with the Father. Each Friday up until Good Friday, we will hit one event during the Passion Week. Here’s what we have planned:
So thanks for joining us! And if you are looking for other resources to do during the week, be sure to check out this page. It’s never too late.
The crucifixion is one of the stories the kids know best. “Jesus died for our sins so that we can have a relationship with God!” Some people think that the more detailed about the gory details you get, the better. I’m not of that camp. While I agree that kids should eventually know that the cross was a Roman torture device, and what that means, I don’t think that kids should put their faith in Jesus because He did something really painful for them. I’ve also read far too many horror stories of young children becoming very afraid of God because they think that God is a “very bad daddy who killed his son.” Whew, heavy stuff. I think it shows that it is really important to carefully and prayerfully think about what is developmentally and emotionally appropriate for our kids at their specific age and stage. All that to say, this post is G-rated.
You can find this part in the Jesus Storybook Bible (do we sound like a broken record yet? :)) in the story titled, “The Sun Stops Shining”.
After reading, one idea we had is to make a reminder of what happened on that Good (but Bad) Friday.
To make these rocks, bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. When you take them out, leave them on the cookie sheet and carry them to the table. So, obvious warning here, but this cookie sheet is going to be ON FIRE. We put potholders around the cookie sheet so the kids wouldn’t burn their little fingers.
Then, we took crayons and wrote on the rocks. I made mine to look like a cross (the pink one above) as a reminder of the Ultimate Sacrifice. We then put our rocks in places that we could see. I use mine as a paperweight for my Lenten devotional. Kids could put it on their dressers, in their car seats, on the porch, or on the bathroom counter by their toothbrush. A simple activity, but a great way to have a reminder of God’s love and gift of salvation to us!