My children have never decorated Easter eggs and do not know about the Easter Bunny. They have never received an Easter basket, and have never done an Easter Egg hunt. Z and I have pretty strong feelings about this.
As Christians, however, we should celebrate Jesus resurrection – an event on which rests our very faith. Without Jesus’ resurrection we would have no forgiveness of sin. We would be lost and destined for hell. We would live a life – and subsequently an eternity – separated from God. Yes – we should celebrate Jesus! Celebrate that God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to take on Himself the punishment of our sins and the rose again victorious over death, hell and the grave! That is reason to celebrate.
Here are 10 activities you can do with your children to keep their focus on the real reason we celebrate Easter.
1. Cross Bookmark:
Last year my son made me a pretty cross bookmark while staying at my sister’s house. It is simple enough for children of all ages. Simply cut a cross shape out of a piece of poster board. Let your children decorate it and write on it “He is Risen”. Cover it with clear contact paper. Punch a hole at the top and add a pretty ribbon.
2. Cross Sun Catchers. Materials needed: 1 old towel, old cheese grater, waxed paper, old crayons, iron, ironing board
a. Cut 2 cross shapes out of waxed paper.
b. Using an old cheese grater, grate crayon shavings
c. Unfold the towel on your ironing board. Place one cross shape on the towel and spread them over one of the cross shapes.
d. Lay the 2nd shape on top.
e. Sandwich the entire project with the with the towel and iron.
3. Family Passover Seder on Thursday evening
Visit this site for how to do a Messianic Jewish Passover Seder.
4. Wordless Book
There are so many ideas on how to do a Wordless Book. I have pinned a lot of them here.
5. Cross Shaped Sugar Cookies
6. Make an Easter Book
Research each day of Easter Week and have your older children illustrate what Jesus did during the final week before His death and resurrection.
7. Jesus is Risen
Friday evening read the story about Jesus’ death. Take a doll or anything you’d like to use to illustrate Jesus. Wrap it up and place it in a “tomb”. Sunday morning, before your children wake, remove the doll. Before leaving for church, take a few moments to read the resurrection story and the have the children look for Jesus in the tomb. “He is not here. He is risen!”
8. Sing Easter songs.
Here are some great links to wonderful Christian Easter songs