Today’s Easter poem activity is as delicious as it is educational for kids. I’m excited to introduce you to Mary Kate from Christianity Cove who’s got a knack for engaging and creative kids’ activities. This one’s perfect for doing at home with your kids or for sharing in Sunday School. Take it away, Mary Kate!
Most children find the double meaning of Easter confusing.
First is the crucial message of Jesus’ resurrection; then there’s the message of eggs, bunny rabbits, and jelly beans. The two may seem to have no correlation, but to ignore candy and bunnies while talking about tombs and guards and angels can seem disingenuous to sharper children—and there is a correlation.
- Eggs are a symbol of new life. Jesus was resurrected on Easter morning. Eggs reflect Jesus’ resurrection, which gives us new life, a fresh beginning, and eternity with Him in heaven.
- Jelly bean colors reflect the message of Easter: Red is for the blood he gave. Black is for the sins we made. Purple is for his hour of sorrow. Pink is for our new tomorrow.
- If any occasion calls for a celebration, it’s the one that changed the world forever: Easter.
Here is an opportunity to share Easter in a fun and creative way, and incorporate God’s love of art along with it! Finish it off with a jelly bean snack –and your children will remember cool things about Jesus—from rhymes, color and yummy taste!
The Jelly Bean Poem: A Craft on the Messages of Easter
The Jelly Bean Poem
Red is for the blood He gave.
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for the sunflowers so bright.
Black is for the dark of night.
White is for the grace He gave.
Orange is for the sun He made.
Purple is for the hours of sorrow.
Pink is for our new tomorrow.
A bag full of jelly beans,
colourful and sweet.
It’s a prayer, a promise,
and a child’s treat.
- “The Jelly Bean Poem,” (print here) one copy for each child
- Bright colored construction paper
- Hole punch
- Stick glue
- Jelly beans
Use hole punch to create multi-colored circles out of construction paper. Place the various colored hole punches in separate containers on your craft table.
Give each student one copy of “The Jelly Bean Poem” to decorate with hole punches and stick glue. Download here.
To celebrate Easter, let’s learn a poem about Jesus and decorate it with lots of colors! Color is appropriate because…the poem is about jelly beans and how they relate to Jesus!
1. Have students use stick glue to place the hole punch circles of color all over their copy of “The Jelly Bean Poem.”
2. When finished, serve up real jelly beans!
Mary Kate Warner
Mary-Kate is a regular blogger at Christianity Cove. You can often find her writing about Christian Parenting, Homeschool Teaching, Bible Study and Sunday School Activities, Faith and inspiring children to love God. Follow her at Twitter// Facebook //Google+ //Pinterest.