Let’s dive right into teaching with this super fun Jesus Has Risen Picture Map! You’ll use these colorful squares or icons to help represent the words of this song in a visual way. You’ll get lots of chances to sing through this song on repeat while engaging with this crack the code style game!
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Jesus Has Risen Picture Map
How to Play:
Sing through Jesus has Risen (flip chart here) once before introducing this activity.
Put out the blank squares guide in a 2×2 grid – 2 pages wide and then a second row with the last 2 pages.
Ask if the children can help you find where these puzzle pieces go. Explain that some paces will not have a colored shape. Do you think you can help me? Let’s sing through the song and listen for clues!
Sing through the song again and then ask what did you notice? Did you spot any patterns? What might the colors represent? Explore one of the concepts the kiddos point out, such as there are one space per word, there are 8 pictures of Jesus, there are 4 different colors, etc.
If the kids are struggling to come up with any patterns, you can sing the first line of the song and ask: What did you hear? Jesus has risen. Hm, what clues do we have. Can you help me put them in the right spot? What word comes first?
Sing through the song and listen for references to the Savior. Fill in the blanks with all your purple squares. Test it out, how did it go? Are they all in the right spot? Move them around until they’re just right! You can have one child help point square by square with the word if it helps.
Continue to sing through the song and fill in the pattern.
Jesus has Risen, Jesus / our friend, Joy fills
our hearts, He lives / again. Praise we sing
to him, This Easter / time. Jesus has risen,
Savior divine. Jesus has / Risen, Savior divine!
- Purple = Jesus / Savior / He / Him (8)
- Green = Risen (3)
- Orange = Our / We (3)
- Red = Joy / Hearts (2)
- Cut out colored squares on construction paper or colored cardstock instead without any symbols. Draw blank lines for each word on a large poster board or on the whiteboard to have a space for each word.
- Let the kids draw a simple shape, picture, word, or icon in some or all of the spaces to represent the word.
- Cut out blanks and the icons or colors. Scramble up all the pieces in an envelope. Have the children sort and arrange them in the correct order in small groups. Between each time singing through the song, you can talk about some clues to help the other groups!
For another activity with a similar flair, head over to see this fun and interactive He Sent His Son Crack the Code activity!
Jesus Has Risen Picture Map Printables
In the printable packet below, you’ll find 4-pages of blank grids that will be filled in with your picture icons or colored squares. Then, there 2-full color pages with simple icons to represent the lyric! You won’t fill in every space, leaving blanks for some of the words.
I’ve included additional extended printables in the INSTANT Primary Singing membership the month Jesus Has Risen is featured! Those will included additional colored squares (without icons), black and white icon pieces, and a larger 1/4 sheet print option!
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For another wonderful way to teach this song, you won’t want to miss this Jesus Has Risen Song Story!! It’s a great way to introduce the song or slow it down one week with a spiritual connection.
What other fun ways could you extend this Jesus Has Risen Picture map activity? I can’t wait to hear how you used it in your singing time!