Twinkl Education Blog
29 Mar '17

Easter Story Small World

Easter Story Small World - Tuff Tray

For many years I have taught children about the Easter story. Although I used different teaching techniques such as drama and role play I never thought about setting up an Easter Story Small World. After discovering the Easter Story Small World Play Idea and Printable Resource Pack I wanted to create our own.

Small World play provides an opportunity for children to expand their understanding and consolidate learning on a topic. This Easter Story Small World will help children re-enact the events of why we celebrate Easter.

Although the Easter Story Small World Play Idea and Printable Resource Pack provides step by step instructions on how to set up the Small World, I made some adaptions to suit the resources I had available. However, the pack comes with wonderful printable resources which took centre stage in our small world.

Resources we used for the Easter Story Small World

* Tray - we used a Boot Tidy Tray (75cm x 40cm) which cost less than £2

* Recycled box and tube (our tube was a recycled wine bottle box)

* Green felt

* Brown wrapping paper

* Rice - we used 2 packs of Economy Long Grain Rice

* Green paint

* Three lolly sticks

* Glu dots (optional)

* Green playdough

* Red Split Lentils

* Small toy donkey

* Toy trees

* Kitchen roll tube

* Scissors and sellotape

* Printed background and characters from the Easter Story Small World Play Idea and Printable Resource Pack. We printed the characters so they were smaller.

* Laminator (optional)

How to set up the Easter Story Small World

1. Prepare the coloured rice the night before. Pour the rice in a bowl, squirt in green paint and mix the two ingredients together. Spread the rice out on a tray lined with baking paper and allow to dry overnight.

2. Place a recycled box towards the back of the tray and the tube on the left hand side. Wrap the box in green felt. This will represent the hill. Wrap the tube and tube lid in brown wrapping paper. This will represent the cave and the large stone.

Easter Story Small World - Twinkl Blog

3. Laminate the background, sellotape it together and secure it to the back of the tray.

Easter Story Small World - Twinkl Blog

4. Sprinkle the coloured rice generously around the tray.

5. Make a path on the right hand side using red split lentils.

Easter Story Small World - Twinkl Blog

6. Cut the lolly sticks to make three crosses. The middle cross will be larger than the other two. We used Glu Dots to hold the lolly sticks together. Use green playdough to secure the three crosses on top of the hill. Sprinkle more green rice on top of the hill.

Easter Story Small World - Twinkl Blog

7. Place the toy donkey on the path. Make small palm leaves out of green felt to be placed alongside the path. Create a small garden using the toy trees.

Easter Story Small World - Twinkl Blog

8. Cut out each character. Cut a cardboard kitchen roll into strips and sellotape the characters to each circle. This will ensure that the characters can stand up independently.

Easter Story Small World - Twinkl Blog

With the Small World complete you can let your class act out the Easter Story. Make Jesus arrive in Jerusalem by donkey...

Easter Story Small World - Twinkl Blog

pray in the Garden of Gethsemane...

Easter Story Small World - Twinkl Blog

and be placed in the tomb sealed with a large stone.

Easter Story Small World - Tomb

The children can also re-enact the angel telling Mary Magdalene that Jesus has risen from the dead.

Easter Story Small World - Role Play

The Easter Story Small World could accompany the many other Easter resources available from Twinkl. Take a look at the Easter Story Powerpoint and the Easter Story Sequencing Cards.

Easter Story Small World - Tuff Tray

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