A Resurrection Treasure Hunt
Use all or some of these verses, depending on the age and attention span of your children. The bold words are for your use; don’t bold these in your clues. (You can print out a ready-to use sheet of the verse clues here.) Or, if your children are old enough, just write the references on slips of paper, and let the children look up the verses in their Bibles as they search.
Give the children the first clue, and it will lead them to the next. As they find the clues, they will be reviewing the main elements of the Easter story. Review the story with them as you go.
Mark 11:8 “And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.” (Hide the next clue in a clothes closet or in the branches of a tree.)
Matt. 26:15 “And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.” (Hide the next clue under a piggy bank or in a change jar.)
Luke 22:39 “And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.” (Hide the next clue under a can of olives.)
Matt. 26:26 “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.” (Hide the next clue where you keep your bread.)
Matt. 27:29 “And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!” (Hide the next clue in a thorny rose bush outside.)
John 19:17 “And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha” (Hide the next clue with a cross in your house. This could be a literal cross or just a place where a cross is formed by intersecting boards or lines.)
Matt 27:48 “And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.” (Hide the next clue under the sink where a sponge is stored or in the cupboard where you keep vinegar.)
Matt. 27:45 “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.” (Hide the next clue in a dark closet or basement.)
Matt. 27:59 “And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth.” (Hide the next clue in the place where fabric is stored for sewing or where towels and sheets are stored.)
John 19:41 “Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.” (Hide the next clue in the garden or in outdoor flower beds.)
Luke 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. (Hide the next clue in the spice rack or cupboard.)
Luke 24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. (Under a large stone on your property, hide directions to where the treasure is hidden.)End your treasure hunt with one surprise or with a basket or box of treats, books, videos, Bible-related games, or stickers, etc., like those described in the younger children’s treasure hunt.