Here’s a really simple, fun and meaningful Easter activity – an Easter story treasure hunt.

It’s created to work with your family at home or as part of a group or service – anywhere you want to have fun while exploring the Easter story together.

    You can source your own pictures, but to make it easy for you, I’ve created a resource with everything already set out: eight pictures of the Easter story, with one line on the back of each. Yes, I’ve summarised the Easter story into eight sentences. Yes, I’ve missed bits out. More on that later…

    For now you need to grab your Easter Story Treasure Hunt cards and posters then…

    1. Print then cut out the Easter Story Treasure Hunt cards.
    2. Hide the cards around your home / garden / building / local park (you could also hide little Easter eggs!).
    3. OPTIONAL: Print the posters and place them alongside the cards, helping people find the card – this is necessary if you are setting up the hunt for people to do on their own, but not necessary if you are going to be there to give people clues.
    4. Invite everyone to find and collect all eight of the story cards then put them in order to tell the Easter story.

      You’ll see that when you’ve collected all eight of the GodVenture Easter Story Treasure Hunt cards, they can be put in order by matching the pictures, or by using the numbers on the back if you print them back to back.

    Optional extras:

    If you want to go further than just telling the story, you could:

    • Chat about what emotions you can see in the pictures using open ended statements like:
      I wonder what emotions you can see in this picture.
      I wonder which emotion you might connect with most today.
    • Ask everyone which is their favourite picture or part of the story and why.
      This is a great leveler, as everyone can have a favourite, but it’s also a fab way to start getting into what parts of the story are most meaningful for each of us.
    • Chat about what parts of the story are not shown in the pictures. This is a great way to discuss more details of the story and discuss what parts of the story are most important to you and why.

      Make additional pictures to show the parts you think should be included.
    • Take turns to use the pictures to re-tell the story to the others – use your own words and create a simple version of the story.
    • Use the Easter Story Colouring Sheet to give space for people to continue these conversations about the story and what it means for them.
    • If you’re doing this as part of a service, you could ask people to break into small groups to chat about these questions, or pose their own, then give feedback to the whole group.