Every year at this time I use plastic Easter Eggs to tell the story.
They are dollar store plastic eggs, which I've pre-filled with a few simple items. After I read the story I ask them what they think is in the egg, as a representation of the story. They LOVE to guess!!!
The triumphal entry of Jesus on the donkey & the people waving palm branches in praise:
Judas agrees to help Jesus' enemies in exchange for thirty pieces of silver:
JESUS IS CAPTURED
Jesus is captured in front of His disciples, is bound and taken away:
JESUS IS CRUCIFIED
Pontius Pilate turned Jesus over to the crowd, who chose to crucify Him and hang Him on the cross:
Jesus was buried in a tomb. On the third day, HE AROSE:
empty egg=empty tomb