Recently, we celebrated Purim in our Children’s Church program. The kids had a blast and listened very attentively to the story of Esther and her nerve-wracking journey to save her people. Here’s what our schedule looked like:
- Time required: 10 minutes
- Hamantashen are traditional, but we made Sugar and Oatmeal out of those bagged mixes)
Reading the Story of Esther
- Time required: 10-15 minutes (make sure to hand out noise makers for the kids to shake when you say Haman!)
- Read from a Children’s Picture bible or grab an easy to read book like Queen Esther Helps God’s People: Formerly titled Esther and the King (I Can Read! / The Beginner’s Bible) from your local library.
- Time Requred: 10 minutes
- get a bunch of Crown templates, construction paper, jewels, glitter, etc.
You could also play some games like “Pin the Crown on the Queen” or “The King Says” (instead of Simon Says). There are few websites with coloring and activity pages (and review questions) geared specifically towards the Esther Story. Here’s a few of the best I’ve found:
- Esther Becomes Queen
- Mordecai and Haman
- Esther Pleads for her People
- Mordecai is Honored
- Esther Saves Her People
Don’t forget to encourage the kids to dress up as royalty. We had a few girls wear some elaborate costumes. I called them up the front and introduced them to the rest of the crowd as “Madeline, the Egyptian Queen” or “Sydney the Pakistan Princess”. They loved that!