I think it is fine to say “God died”, in that God, in Jesus/ the incarnation, suffered death.In fact I think it’s important to emphasize to kids that the death was real and not just an illusion.But I think it’s also important that they know that in another sense God didn’t die: that the Father was still alive even during Easter weekend.
The doctrine of the Trinity is precariously balanced between the errors of tri-theism and a strict monotheism that doesn’t allow for three persons in one Godhead.But since it’s hard enough for adults to understand, I don’t think we should expect kids to have a good handle on it.I actually think it is better that kids err on the side of tri-theism since they are going to misunderstand the Trinity anyway until they can begin to apprehend the doctrine’s paradox.In other words, I think I would just say that Jesus died for us, but His Father lived on and brought Him back to life.If our kids ask, “Is Jesus God” we can say, “yes”.And if they ask us if His Father is God, we can say “yes”.And if they ask if there is more than one God we can say, “no, but there are three persons in one God.”And we can simply confess to them that, yes, that sounds weird, but that their understanding of it will grow as they learn more about God.
Those are my thoughts for what they’re worth.
You’ve got your methods
I’m done with trying to guess all your moves
I’m going where you want me to go
I’ve got nothing left to lose
Now I don’t wanna suffer
But that’s in fact the nature of the beast
If you want to get to higher ground
You got to get there on your knees