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No-fuss Easter Resources for Kids

We know that person who goes all out for Halloween and your other friend who starts decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving? Everyone’s got their favorite holiday, that’s for sure. For me, it’s Easter. New life, springtime, and the celebration that Jesus is risen are some of my reasons for loving this holiday.

Growing up, we would take the ferry to my grandparents’ house and the grown-ups would hide plastic candy-filled eggs all over their property for my sisters and I. Each assigned specific colors, so it would be fair. I would find eggs hidden in the garden, in the chicken coop, under the sprawling ivy below the deck, nestled with the nasturtiums and usually a couple inside the old tire on the big toy. You might be picturing little kids egg hunting, but I can assure you we insisted on egg hunts until I was 18 years old! I had a hard time giving up the annual epic event, and maybe that’s part of my good feelings I’ve got towards Easter.

Anyway, as a mom, I’ve always tried to find creative ways to teach my kids the Easter story because they haven’t been quite ready for Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, you know what I mean? This was especially true during our homeschooling years, where I had much more time with the kids. Nothing but time, I tell you. Some of these Easter traditions have held over and others we’ve let go. Dying eggs has never been my kids’ favorite, so that mess was an easy one to leave behind.

Here are some of our favorite (no-fuss) resources and activities for learning about and celebrating holy week and the hope of Easter:

Resurrection Gardens

There is something about getting your hands dirty and actively creating something that makes a lesson stick. We used the base of a large planter and filled it with rocks and mounds of dirt. A small planter serves as the tomb, and sticks from around the yard are perfect for making three crosses. If you start early enough before Easter, and plant the grass seed in the dirt, you’ll have a flourishing grassy garden in time for Resurrection Day. The link above gives perfect step-by-step instructions.

Resurrection Rolls

This is one of those homeschool lessons that has become a family tradition. It’s genius, really. Again, a visual representation of a super-important spiritual lesson. And a tasty treat! What could be better? Using store-bought crescent rolls and marshmallows, this recipe illustrates the entire Easter story. The link above includes the Bible verse readings for each step of the recipe. Seriously, it’s a lesson and treat in one!

Benjamin’s Box

This book coordinates well with the Resurrection Eggs featured below, or could stand alone. It’s historical fiction, I suppose, but tells the story of a boy who lived during the time of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Children will connect with the youthful perspective of the events, while learning truths about holy week. This does not replace gospel reading by any means, but a great resource, in my opinion.

Resurrection Eggs

These are too fun and always on display in our family room in the weeks leading up to Easter. Inside each plastic egg is a trinket that symbolizes a holy week event, and the included booklet explains how each item correlates. Kids love discovering what’s inside each egg and get excited when they know the meaning of each object. Just try to keep these eggs separate from the rest of your Dollar Tree plastic eggs you hide candy in because it would be a shame to lose the tiny things and end up with an incomplete set (ask me how I know).

Even as kids age, you never know which traditions they’ll want to keep up year after year. Like me with the egg hunt. If my kids are still baking Resurrection rolls at age 18, I’ll be OK with that. This Easter, amidst the chocolate and egg hunts, remember the hope that we have because of the empty tomb.

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” – Luke 24:5-6

 

 

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