Thank-you to Win for sharing this idea!
I wrapped a shoe box with Christmas paper with the lid wrapped separately so it could be removed. I asked the kids (4's and 5's) what it looked like. Obviously they said "a Christmas present." I then asked what Christmas was about and they said "Jesus' birthday." I then went on to talk about how Easter was the rest of the story.
Each week I added something new to the box and before getting into the lesson I would let the kids tell me one at a time an item in the box which I would then pull out and we would talk about it. Finally when we were down to the new item I would pull it out and we would discuss it.
This was a great way to review the previous lessons and last week I even had parents asking me "what's in the box" before class and I told her to ask her daughter after class. The items I used for Easter were:
- a small stuffed lamb -- John 1:29 the Lamb of God that takes away sin
- a (empty) plastic egg -- the empty tomb
- a visual that we made for Resurrection Sunday
- a wooden cross
- donkey puppet (from DLTK's web site) -- for Palm Sunday
- Resurrection Eggs (bought at the local Christian book store)
- a lamb puppet that we used to explain an acrostic of EASTER
- a small stuffed lion -- Jesus will return as a Lion
As we get ready to start this next series I will certainly try a similar way to review as it was very effective (although it got hard to stuff everything in the box). Adaptable to any multi-part series.