Gather your kids for a daily “picnic with Jesus,” either indoors or outside. Each day you’ll explore part of the Easter story and a relevant beatitude from the Sermon on the Mount.

Through nine “Bible story picnics” and fun optional activities, this lesson will help kids understand:

  • “blessed are the meek” (in Gethsemane, Jesus showed meek obedience)
  • “blessed are the persecuted” (Peter’s fear of persecution led to his denial of Jesus)
  • “blessed are the merciful” (Pilate wasn’t merciful to Jesus, but we can be merciful)
  • “blessed are the peacemakers” . . . plus five more beatitudes.

This is a more advanced lesson, so for ages three to five we recommend instead the Bible story entitled “the story of Jesus and forgiveness” found in the forgiveness lesson.

Recommended resources

The Beginner’s Bible: The Very First Easter
ZonderKidz, 2018. Ages 4-7.

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story
by Jan and Mike Berenstain. Zonderkidz, 2012. Ages 4-7.

The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Sunday
by Mike Berenstain. Zonderkidz, 2016. Ages 4-7.

The Berenstain Bears: The Very First Easter
by Jan and Mike Berenstain. Zonderkidz, 2019. Ages 4-7.

The Case for Christ for Kids
by Lee Strobel. Zondervan, 2010. Ages 8-12.

Easter Love Letters From God: Bible Stories
by Glenys Nellist. ZonderKidz, 2018. Ages 4-7.

The Easter Story for Children
by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee and Karen Davis Hill. Zonderkidz, 2013. Ages 4-7.

God’s Very Good Idea (A wonderful presentation of the gospel for kids)
by Trillia Newbell. Good Book Company, 2017. Ages 4-7.

The Legend of the Easter Egg
by Lori Walburg. Zonderkidz, 2011. Ages 4-7.

The Legend of the Sand Dollar
by Chris Auer. ZonderKidz, 2017. Ages 4-7.

Why Is There a Cross?
by Kathleen Long Bostrom. Tyndale House, 2005. Ages 3-6.

Ressurrection Eggs set Ages 5 and up.

Adventures in Odyssey: Bible Eyewitness Collector’s Set (CD)
Tyndale, 2006. Ages 8 and up.

The Jesus Storybook Bible Vol. 4 (DVD)
ZonderKidz, 2013. Ages 4 and up.

VeggieTales: A Very Veggie Easter Collection (DVD)
Big Idea, 2012. Ages 4-10.

What’s In the Bible? #10: Jesus Is the Good News! (DVD)
Jellyfish Labs, 2013. Ages 5-8.