This year I decided to jump on board with a tradition that has evidently been around for a long time...but that I just learned about! It's called "burying alleluias". You can click on it to learn more about it. I thought it was a neat visual for the kids to remind them what Lent represents. So, at the beginning of Lent, I gave them a piece of paper that had the word "Alleluia" written on it very lightly. They were to trace the letters and decorate the paper. I also gave them (and the adults in our contemporary service) the alleluia butterflies that illustrated ministries sold this year. They were beautiful!
Easter morning, during my children's message, I placed the parachute...or "cocoon" as I then called it, in the middle of our circle. I reminded them what was inside and why we put it there. (this pic is from the contemporary service - I also did it in the sanctuary for our traditional service...but it was a smaller space).
We "made them fly" three times and then closed in prayer :) I let them take a blank alleluia butterfly and crayons back to their seat (as well as an activity booklet they helped me make).
I was a little nervous doing this because it isn't your normal children's message...but I had many adults come up to me afterwards and say how much they enjoyed it :) I think adults need an excuse to shout Alleluia just as much as kids ;)