The Story of Esther for Kids

The Story of Esther for Kids page has been created in order to help teachers and parents introduce their children to the story of Esther in the Bible.

It summarizes the key events that take place in the Book of Esther, focusing on key characters such as King Ahasuerus, Queen Vashti, Mordecai, Haman, as well as Queen Esther herself.

The page starts with a simple story of Esther which has been especially written with children in mind, providing them with an easy-to-understand version of the story of Esther in the Bible. This is then followed by ten questions that are often asked by children when studying the story of Esther for kids, together with the answers.

Finally, we showcase 3 of our most popular Queen Esther worksheets based on the story of Esther, together with a link to the other Queen Esther activity sheets in the series for teacher and parents.

The story of Esther in the bible is one of the most important bible stories for kids because it teaches us that God is always with us, and is guiding us through difficult times. It also tells us that every one of us can make a big difference when we have love, faith, and the courage to do what is right.

The Story of Esther

Once upon a time, in the Kingdom of Persia, there lived a king by the name of Ahasuerus.

King Ahasuerus loved to throw incredible parties and would invite many of his subjects to the parties to celebrate with him.

The Story of Esther for Kids - King Ahasuerus

One day, the king decided to throw his biggest party yet. It lasted for many days, and people came from all over the kingdom to join in the festivities.

The king called for his queen, Vashti, to come and join him at his party. But she refused him, which embarrassed the king in front of all his subjects.

This made King Ahasuerus very angry, and he decided that he would find a new queen.

The Story of Esther for Kids - Queen Vashti

In Ahasuerus’s kingdom, there lived a wise and caring man named Mordecai who was looking after his young cousin, Esther, because she didn’t have any parents.

Esther was a beautiful and caring girl, with a smile that would light up a room.

She managed to catch the king’s attention because of her beauty and gentle nature, and eventually she became the new queen.

The Story of Esther for Kids - Esther

Now, there was a wicked man in the palace called Haman who worked for the king.

And Haman detested Esther’s cousin Mordecai, because he had refused to bow down to him. Mordecai would only bow down before God.

This angered Haman, so he hatched a plan to get rid of all the Jewish people in the kingdom, which included Mordecai and Esther.

The Story of Esther for Kids - Mordecai and Haman

Haman tricked the king into signing a law that would harm the Jewish people.

When Mordecai heard about this law, he quickly told Esther about Haman’s plan and asked her to go to the king to save their people.

Queen Esther was scared, as she knew that going to the king without her being summoned was a dangerous thing to do. Despite this, Esther knew she must be brave for the sake of her people.

She asked all the Jewish people to pray and fast for three days. And Esther did the same.

The Story of Esther for Kids - Queen Esther praying

After three days, Esther put on her finest clothes and went to see the king. When King Ahasuerus saw her, he smiled and held out his golden scepter. This was the sign that she was welcome.

Ahasuerus asked Esther what it was she wanted. Esther replied that she wanted to invite him and Haman to a special feast she had prepared.

At the feast, King Ahasuerus asked Esther what it was that she desired.

Esther was very wise and didn’t reveal her plan straight away. Instead, she invited the king and Haman to another feast the following day.

That night, Haman built a gallows to hang Mordecai. Meanwhile, King Ahasuerus asked for the royal records to be read out to him. It was then he learned how Mordecai had once saved his life by uncovering a plot against him.

King Ahasuerus was amazed that Mordecai had not been rewarded for his bravery. The next morning, before the second feast, he called Haman into his court and asked him what should be done to honor someone who had pleased the king?

Thinking that the king must be talking about him, Haman suggested that the man should be given a grand celebration.

Once he realised it was actually Mordecai that the king wanted to honor, Haman was horrified.

The Story of Esther for Kids - Haman

During the second feast, Queen Esther bravely told King Ahasuerus all about Haman’s plan to destroy her people.

The king was absolutely furious at what he heard and had Haman punished for his wickedness, using the very same gallows that Haman had built for Mordecai.

King Ahasuerus then made a new law to protect the Jewish people and honored Mordecai for his bravery.

The Story of Esther for Kids - King Ahasuerus

The story of Esther teaches us that standing up for what is right is always important, no matter what challenges we might face. It also reminds us that God is always there, guiding us through the most difficult of times.

Questions about the Story of Esther for kids

Below are ten of the most common questions that children may have about this simple story of Esther for kids. This section can be used by teachers and parents of younger children as a basis to discuss the Book of Esther further.

Alternatively, these questions and answers provide older children with some more facts about the story of Esther in the bible. They will then be able to test this knowledge via the Queen Esther Online Quiz or through the Queen Esther WebQuest. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Queen Esther Jigsaw Puzzle.

The story of Esther takes place in the Book of Esther.

The Book of Esther contains ten chapters and has 167 verses.

The Book of Esther was written in the fourth century B.C.

Esther lived in the Kingdom of Persia.

The Bible tells us that Esther was both fair and beautiful.

Mordecai was the son of Jair, of the tribe of Benjamin.

Esther was the daughter of Mordecai’s uncle. In other words, he was the older cousin of Esther.

Haman was a villainous court official who attempted to destroy the Jews living in the Kingdom of Persia.

Haman was hanged from a 50-cubit-high gallows, which ironically he had built in order to hang Mordecai.

Although God is central to the story of Esther, it is true that God is not mentioned by name even once during the story of Esther.

Check out our Queen Esther Activity Sheets

Coloring Sheets & Story

David and Goliath Coloring Pages
  • $3.00
  • 8 coloring pages
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Aimed at younger children, this Queen Esther Coloring Pages and Story Book Printable makes the perfect no-prep activity. Each coloring sheet tells part of a story, so when the children have finished, they will have created their very own bible story book.


David and Goliath Puzzle Pack
  • $3.00
  • 2 puzzles
  • Answer Key Included

This Queen Esther Word Search and Crossword Activity Pack makes the ideal no-prep activity for your Bible Class, Sunday School, Children’s Church or as a homeschool lesson. Each of the puzzles comes with a gray-tone version and an answer key.


David and Goliath Activity Worksheets Pack
  • $7.00
  • 34 activity sheets
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This Queen Esther Activities Pack comprises of four of our most popular products, but at almost half the price. Included are the Coloring Sheets and Story Activity, the Bible Character Posters, the Activity Worksheets, and a Printable Booklet.