Instead of ditching the idea, I thought: Why not create a set of puppets?
I’ve included 16 puppets, although you could do the story with only 4 or 5 if you wanted.
However, they won’t take long to cut out and stick onto either the strips of card included or on to lolly sticks or paper straws.
Some of the puppets will work well glued back to back and swiveled round to show the change in the picture (e.g. the tomb closed and open)
Following a suggestion from a parent during the (very fast) product development stage, there is a simple version of the Easter story in the form of an Easter story board, including pictures of which puppets you could use at each stage in the story and Bible references so that you can look up the story in the Bible.
There are a variety of ideas for using the puppets, including listening to the Bible story on biblegateway (you’ll find links here) and ideas for sharing the story with others.
Although I’ve designed this for busy families to have fun doing this t home together, it could obviously be used by group leaders to tell the Easter story either face to face or online. A great way to engage the children in this would be to provide them each with their own set of puppets. They could then ‘act’ out the parts during your telling of the story, and also re-tell it in their own words and afterwards in their own time.
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