Good Friday is the day that Jesus was crucified on the cross. It is a special day of observance. With children home from school, you might be looking for some Good Friday ideas for kids to keep them busy, but remain within the spirit of Easter. There are several Good Friday activities for kids.
When my husband and I were married, he brought a tradition from his family into our marriage. It really livens the day up on Easter. We smash Cascarones, otherwise known as confetti eggs, on each others’ heads. Now, in some areas you can buy these eggs, but it is much more fun to make them yourself. This is a great Good Friday children’s activity. Smashing the eggs on Easter is representative of Jesus’ resurrection, so making the eggs for Good Friday would be representative of Jesus’ crucifixion.
You will need: raw eggs with cartons, bowls, confetti (purchased or made)-about 2 cups for every one dozen eggs, tissue paper cut into ½ inch squares, white glue, paintbrush (the type used for children’s watercolors),sewing needles or small screwdrivers
1. Take whole eggs and hollow them out using sewing needles or a small screwdriver. If you need help on how to hollow out an egg see: How To Hollow an Egg
2. Dye the eggs like you would dye an Easter eggs. Set aside to dry.
3. When the eggs are dry, very carefully enlarge one hole slightly. The opening should be no larger than the size of a dime.
4. Fill the hollow egg with confetti.
5. Pour the white glue into a bowl and thin with water slightly.
6. Take the paintbrush and paint around the hole.
7. Gently press the tissue paper to cover the whole. To make the tissue paper less noticeable, match the color of the tissue paper to the color of the dyed egg.
8. Set aside in egg carton to dry.
9. Smash on heads, arms, ankles, backs on Easter Sunday.
Instead of going out to buy an Easter basket, have your children make a unique keepsake Easter basket of their own for a Good Friday activity. This is easy to do even for preschoolers and makes a great activity while waiting for your hollowed eggs to dry after dying.
You will need: yarn in Easter colors, plastic wrap, white glue, bowl the size of the basket you want to make, bowls for placing glue in, scissors
1. Turn the bowl upside down and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
2. Cut yarn into long strips.
3. Pour white glue into a bowl and cover yarn thoroughly.
4. While yarn strips are still yet place on bowl. For a nice tight basket, place strings close together and work from the bottom up go around the bowl.
5. Once bowl is covered, allow to dry.
6. If any parts appear weak, apply more glue.
7. When basket is finished remove from bowl and gently remove plastic wrap.
What better Good Friday activity could there be than something the kids can play with right away? The perfect idea would be a twist on a stick horse, a stick donkey. Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem and what better reminder of the Jesus’ journey and sacrifice could there be? This is a simple activity.
You will need: wrapping paper cardboard roll or yard stick, newspaper or paper towel, print out or drawing of a donkey head to color (2 per donkey), crayons or markers, stapler, newspaper, scissors, tape
1. Color two sides of a donkey head
2. Cut out each donkey head
3. Staple each of the donkey heads together except at the bottom
4. Gently stuff the head of the donkey with newspaper or paper towel; do not over stuff. Leave room at the bottom near the hole.
5. Insert the cardboard roll or yard stick
6. Staple the donkey head as close to the stick as possible.
7. Tape ends around the stick for reinforcement.
An excellent Good Friday game for kids would be to go on a carrot or bunny scavenger hunt. Children can race around the house or yard looking for carrots or bunnies to find. I have found this to be a wonderful way to prepare kids for the big egg hunt on Easter. Each carrot or bunny can then be traded in for special treats such as stickers, bubbles, small boxes of raisins, fruit snacks or anything to keep them busy in the upcoming days at the end of the hunt.
Simply purchase treats, and then make, print out on cardstock, or purchase pictures of carrots or bunnies. Hide them around the house or in the yard and let the kids race to find them. You can give clues to where the carrots or bunnies are hidden for older children or just let them hunt and look. You may either give them a set number to find, make the hunt timed, or let them go until they find all the carrots or bunnies.
Good Friday is a great way to prepare for Easter. With these activities you can discuss the importance of Easter while keeping the kids busy and entertained. Don’t forget to pick up a good Easter movie such as Here Comes Peter Cottontail, It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, or The Great Easter Egg Hunt.