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Focusing on the True Meaning of Easter with Children

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My favorite season of the year is Spring. Everything is green and clean, flowers are blooming, that first hit of summer’s warmth usually shines through, but it’s not yet too hot to enjoy being outside without being submerged in water. It’s the perfect time of year. Also, I was married and had both of my children in Spring – all within two weeks of each other (different years of course!) so Spring is a party in this house!

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Another reason to celebrate in Spring is, naturally, Easter. Brightly colored eggs abound, there’s always a funny looking life-sized bunny somewhere to be found, families gathers for brunch, little girls don pretty pastel dresses and little boys might even clean up in slacks and a tie. But there’s more to Easter than just this.

Christians are able to celebrate Easter because of what happened on Good Friday, the day that Jesus, the all-powerful Son of God, was willingly lead to be crucified so that we may be free.

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Three days later, just as was prophecied, God resurected Jesus from the dead proving that He was indeed the divine Son of God, subject not even to the finality of death, and has the redemptive power to forgive sin.

But God raised [Jesus] from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Acts 2:24

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

This is, arguably, the most important and central story in the entire Bible. For Christians it is our Hope.

So many of us though, especially here in America, have heard this story since childhood; so many times in fact that it sometimes looses it’s amazingness, it’s awe as the most epicly subversive story in all history. So how do we restore that wonder and center our family’s time – or at least some of our time – during this Season around this true meaning of Easter?

There are many ways in which your family can do this, especially with inspiration around the web and Pinterest, but here are a handful of simple to more involved  activities suitable for varying ages.

Resurrection-Eggs

Resurrection Eggs
Last year, when my eldest was going on four, she was just old enough to grasp Resurrection Eggs, a simple hands-on activity that told the Easter story in an egg a day for 12 days. You can purchase Resurrection Eggs sets from various online retailers or botique storefronts, but they are simple and fun to make at home.

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I used this detailed Resurection Egg tutorial.  The tutorial includes a supply list to create your own set of 12 (or a smaller set of eight) eggs, along with a printable story card for each egg.

Resurrection-Eggs

It was an easy project to complete, and one which my family will be able to use year after year. Best of all, kiddos will get a tangible (object inside egg) and auditory (simple story card) reinforcement of the Easter story each day.  I actually left the eggs out during the week and let my almost four year old  mull over the objects as she pleased.

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A Week of Easter Activities
Thriving Family complied a thoughtful list of activities for every day from Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) to Easter Sunday, including family communion, an Easter picture tree, and an Easter scavenger hunt. These activities are sure to enrapture kids from preschool to teens.

Ways to Celebrate the Easter Season
Focus on the Family published a list of ways to celebrate the Easter Season broken up by age appropriate activities. With four categories from ages 0-3 to ages 13-18, you’re sure to find some inspiration for your family on this list, no matter the attention span in your home.

Empty Tomb Easter Biscuits
A simple – and yummy! – activity is detailed in this post about Empty Easter Tomb Biscuits. Kids of all ages could help in the kitchen with this one, and often the promise of eating the treat that you’re cooking together is reason enough to keep even the littlest one’s attention.

Seven Mini Challenges to Help Kids Appreciate the True Meaning of Easter
Lastly, here is a an impactful Easter Mom Challenge: 7 Mini Challenges to Help Kids Appreciate the True Meaning of Easter. This devotional activity is likely better suited for mid-elementary aged kids and up. With the application and discussion questions at the end, the 10 minutes it takes each day of the week leading up to Easter is sure to leave a lasting impression on your family.

No matter how your family chooses to focus on the true meaning of Easter, may this season remind you of the Hope that is only found in the empty tomb.

Mollie is a wife to a wonderful man and stay at home Mama to two beautiful and energetic little girls. She has lived in South Orange County for most of her life and enjoys crafting, running, clean and natural living, party planning, and being involved in her community and church. She believes that being a Mom was and is her highest calling and attempts to give her girls a wide array of different experiences. From soccer cleats to tutus, running races to finding the perfect hair bow, she wants them to grow up knowing that they can be both girly and strong.
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2 Comments

  1. Thank you for this awesome list! It is difficult to get kids (and adults) to focus on the true meaning of Easter with bunnies and jelly beans all around. Just FYI, your last link to the 7 mini challenges doesn’t seem to be be working. 🙂

  2. Thank you for reminding us all what Easter is really about!

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