7 Activities to Remember Good Friday with Children

Growing up my memories of Easter revolved around new dresses, hunting for eggs, my Mema’s bunny cake, and a visit from the Easter bunny. While those beautiful memories are ones I want my own children to experience, I also desire that they understand the spiritual implications of Easter and have a heart that breaks thinking about their Savior’s suffering for their sins.

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This year I’ve tried to be more intentional with our discussions about Easter. We’ve gone through “Sense of the Resurrection” together and are currently reading through our favorite Easter book. We’ve talked about Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday, so they have a very basic understanding of what each day signifies. But as my children are in that memory-making stage, I want to do something more.

Tomorrow is Good Friday, the day we remember Christ’s suffering on the cross and death at Calvary. It’s a solemn occasion, and while usually we dye eggs and stuff plastic ones that day, this year I want our family to spend it in contemplation, in prayer, and in thankfulness Jesus for His sacrifice.

Our children are very young (5, 3, and 1), yet I believe they are still able to participate even if they may not fully comprehend the significance of Jesus’ death for our sins. So, I want to share with you today a few things we plan to do together tomorrow…Good Friday.

Cora Reading Bible

  • Sing Easter hymns together. There are many songs related to the cross but here are a few favorites I located on YouTube:

“In Christ Alone”

“Alas & Did My Savior Bleed”

“Lamb of God”

“Lead Me to Calvary”

“Ten Thousand Angels”

“The Old Rugged Cross”

“When I Survey The Wondrous Cross”

  • Quiet time in meditation. With little ones it isn’t fair to expect them to sit still and quietly for very long, but a few minutes of quiet solitude will not hurt them. For the really small ones, let them look at picture books of Jesus’ crucifixion or have them touch and play with the contents of Resurrection Eggs. Or gather similar items like a donkey, piece of cloth, coins, small coins, piece of leather (whip), a crown, nails, stone, etc. Older children can spend the time in prayer or reading their Bibles.
  • Make Jesus a “thank you” card. Most children enjoy doing art; mine love it. Let them use their creative energies to make special cards for Jesus, thanking Him for His sacrifice, His suffering, and His love for them. Let them dictate to you what they want to tell Jesus. Save those cards. They will be precious memories for your family.

Kate Painting Card

  • Have a special meal together. Eat a simple meal together as a family. Make it a solemn, holy affair. Light candles. Share why you are thankful for Jesus’ crucifixion. Pray and thank God for His perfect gift for us.
  • Make Easter Story Cookies together. Resurrection rolls are fun to make, but I also love these Easter Story Cookies, especially for the visual they offer little children in understanding the true meaning of Easter. Plus, you most likely have all the ingredients on hand, whereas I never buy crescent rolls.

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Do you do anything special on Good Friday?

I hope you have a wonderful Easter! Praise God that while Jesus died, it was not in vain! He did not stay in the ground but arose from the grave, and we will rise to be with Him one day!

God bless you,





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  1. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. Just what I need for tomorrow. We started the week off strong reading scripture about palm Sunday and each of the events leading up to the cross. I have been wanting more for tomorrow. Thank you for sharing!

    • Candy, I know you’re busy with the move. Glad these suggestions could help you. I’m always happy when something I’m trying to do can benefit others.

  2. Loved this post! Great ideas, and so refreshing to listen to old hymn favorites. Thank you for taking the time to write this post. I totally value the idea of teaching our kids the true meaning of Easter, and this was just what I was looking for.

    • Thank you, Grace. I think our culture makes such a big deal about the Easter bunny that I have had to fight extra hard to keep Christ at the forefront with my girls. I pray that you and your family have a blessed Easter. Praise God that He is risen!