The Best Way to Explain Easter to my sweet Kindergartner

What is the best way to explain Easter to my sweet kindergartner? She knows the story, she knows Jesus, but I want to help her understand the depth of His choice to go to the cross for us.

What is the best way to explain Easter to my sweet kindergartner? She knows the story, she knows Jesus, but I want to help her understand the depth of His choice to go to the cross for us.

We’ve been devotionally traveling through Jesus’s last week, reading about Palm Sunday, discussing how Jesus’s humble entrance into Jerusalem on the donkey fulfilled ancient prophecy.

Can you imagine any of our political candidates making that choice for an entrance?

We read about the Last Supper and Jesus’s washing the feet of the disciples. Discussing the cultural significance is hard with a five-year-old, so I got out a small tub of hot water and washed her feet. She washed mine.

We ended up tickling more than anything, but learned how humbling it is to wash someone’s feet, what a tender act of love it is, demonstrating how to love like Jesus, willing to serve in the humblest manner.

What is the best way to explain Easter to my sweet kindergartner? She knows the story, she knows Jesus, but I want to help her understand the depth of His choice to go to the cross for us.

But when we started talking about the cross, it seemed like she had the words, but missed the message. As I tried to explain Jesus dying, she started rattling off Bible stories from memory.

How can I explain Easter to her?

I’m glad she has those words written on her heart, but we need to experience Easter every year as a fresh encounter with sacrifice far beyond what our selfish natures can comprehend.

We all need to encounter Easter as the most tremendous sacrifice the world has ever known. Click To Tweet

So I stopped and decided to explain Easter in a totally different way.

I mentioned one of her friends had been really naughty last week. She threw a tantrum and was just awful. She deserves a punishment, doesn’t she?

My sweet girl nodded.

So would you take her punishment so she doesn’t have to?

She looked at me in shock, her brow furrowing, “No!”

But you love your friend, won’t you help her out?

“That’s not fair! I didn’t do anything!” She whined.

Neither did Jesus. He never did anything wrong at all, but he took your punishment, my punishment, and the punishment for all the sins of everyone so we could go to heaven.

Romans 5:8 ESV  But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

When we didn’t deserve it, when we couldn’t earn it, Jesus died to set us free.

Her eyes widened and the smallest understanding crept into them, “oh, Mom, I guess I should think about others, I’ll take her punishment, but I don’t really want to.”

I’m not really going to punish you, but does that help you understand what a tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for you, for us?

When we didn't deserve it, when we couldn't earn it, Jesus took our punishment to set us free. Click To Tweet

For the first time, she asked me to explain Easter, what it meant for Jesus to hang on the cross. We discussed the whipping, the crown of thorns, and the nails that held our Jesus to the cross.

Our day ended with baking resurrection rolls, a neat remembrance that the tomb was empty, Jesus conquered the grave.

I know I’m a forgetful sinner. I have to encounter Christ’s sacrifice and my redemption anew all the time. I have to be brought to my knees over my selfishness, face to face with my weakness so I can better understand the strength of His sacrifice.

As a mother, I just pray to explain Easter and keep Jesus real for her everyday.

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27 thoughts on “The Best Way to Explain Easter to my sweet Kindergartner”

    1. When I asked her about the meaning of Easter yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised that she said, “Jesus died on the cross for my sins, he took my punishment so I can go to Heaven with Him someday.” She understood and prayed and thanked Him ! It was so special to see her growing in her faith.

  1. That was a pretty clever way you used with experiences she could relate to. I’m sure the understanding will grow with time and reflection. You are definitely planting seeds. Keep up the great work and modeling good parenting.

    – Kirby

  2. This is our sorta funny Easter story. My husband was putting our four year old, Comerson, to bed on Saturday night and told him that “Tomorrow is Easter.” Comerson quickly responded, “What is Easter?” My husband went on to say, “Easter is when Jesus rose from the dead.”

    Comerson’s response, “I roast marshmallows.” It took us a bit to realize he heard my husband say, “Jesus roasted the dead.” Hmmm…one day the dead will be roasted. Somber reminder to get out there and tell others the true meaning of Easter.

    Love how our kids can spur us spiritually on!

  3. I love this! We do the same thing by trying every day to bring spiritual truths home. I think the foot washing was an excellent idea. I did the Resurrection eggs idea that’s so popular these days (check out Pinterest) with our daughter this year and it helped make the story more concrete. These are real things that happened to our Jesus. Keep it up Mama.

  4. I think some adults don’t really truly fathom the sacrifice. It wasn’t to I well into adulthood and my own recommitment to Christ that I truly understood the price. My daughter who is almost 12 this year finally truly understood it was beautiful to see the HOLY Spirit in her and her cry tears of bittersweet joy. Maybe if I made it more relatable would she have gotten it sooner. There is still time for my other two though. But I think once again a great post and another perspective. Really enjoyed it!

  5. I love the way you explained Easter to your daughter. You have opened her eyes to the true sacrifice our Father made for us by sending His son to die for us–one who was totally faultless.

  6. Very beautiful. I love the conversation you had with your daughter about Easter and sacrifice. This is a great opportunity for young minds to learn how to be selfless when we were all born as selfish beings.

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