So, yeah, the story of Easter is tough.
It is painful, soul-ripping, and gloriously beautiful.
In the end we find it’s a story of deep sacrifice, extraordinary love, and ultimate victory. But getting to that point can be quite excruciating.
At Christmas we fall in love with Jesus – God with us – right there as a babe in a feeding trough. And as we weave together pieces of His life written throughout the gospels, we can’t help but become more and more enamored with Him.
And then He’s crucified in the cruelest of ways.
It’s just tough. Maybe one of the reasons some of us find it easier to talk with our kids about bunnies and chicks and chocolate eggs and jelly beans?
But it’s a true story. And it’s a story we desperately need.
His life, His sacrifice, His forgiveness, His power, His victory, His love! Oh how I long for more and more of Him! And how I desire for my children to understand this beautiful, passionate story lived out and written for each one of us.
And so I’d like to share with you some of our (silly, wacky, fun, growing) family’s favorite (simple) ways to be drenched in Christ at Easter time!
1. A family devotional for Easter – 10 days to focus on HIM, the immensity of His love, and the transformative power of Christ’s death and resurrection!
This is what you will find each day of this Easter family devotional:
Read: A Scripture passage to read together and focus on for the day.
Listen: Opportunities to listen to the story from The Kidz Audio Bible… our kids LOVE this!
If you’d like to download the entirety of the Kidz Audio Bible, you can go here.
Bible Storybook Connection: We’ll read from a variety of our favorite storybook Bibles. Here is where I’ll share our top choice(s) for that days reading with you, but feel free to use any you already have in your home. (Honestly, we have some other favorites now, so I’ll add those in if I get a chance.)
Activity: A quick, simple activity to help remember the truths we are reading.
Basket Link: Each day we will add a little something to our “Family Easter Basket” as a symbol of what we are learning.
Prayer: A short prayer to pray that day.
Extra: Anything extra I’ve found to share with you!
Starting on Palm Sunday – or whenever you are ready – simply click on the links or pictures below to take you to that day’s fun! :)
Download your own supply list for these ten days of focusing little (& big) hearts on Jesus!
Most items can be found in your art supply cabinet or pantry, and almost everything is interchangeable. (If you don’t have a gold Easter egg, use a yellow one. If you don’t have grape juice, use purple-colored water…) And If you don’t have time for all the activities, that’s just fine! Use it as a guide to help you make Easter about Him. The goal is to lead our kids to Christ by helping them get to know the Good News! :)
Don’t have time for 10 days of Easter activities!? That’s okay!! Do one or two, or choose another one of our favorites below:
2. Stained-Glass Crosses (Made with melted crayons & wax paper.)
3. Easter Egg Prayers (Two ways to pray using plastic Easter eggs. – Oh my heart, look how tiny my Annabella girl was!!)
4. Tell the Story While Dying Easter Eggs (Each color is a reminder of the story.)
5. Resurrection Rolls– This is something my kids will not let me forget each year. They love these SO much!
*Dip large marshmallow in melted butter (the marshmallow represents “Jesus”).
*Roll in cinnamon-sugar and/or brown sugar (representing the spices they would use to anoint Jesus’s body)
*Wrap the marshmallow with crescent roll dough- sealing the edges tightly (representing the tomb)
*Cook in the oven according to package directions.
*When finished baking, take out of the oven & enjoy!
How fun to see that the “tomb is empty,” but even more fun to talk about how surprised His friends must have been that Jesus had come back to life! Praise the Lord, He is alive today!
6. Easter Scavenger Hunt (A simple Easter Scavenger Hunt for Easter morning. While searching for “treasures,” tell the true Easter story. Usually my children’s “Something NEW” item is their Easter basket. Feel free to download/print your own copy.)
8. Read, Listen To, and Talk About the True Easter Story (Adorn the Good News of Christ in everything! ~Here’s a wonderful collection of stories on the kidz-audio-Bible)
12. Wordless Book
Praying that God will use these (simple but sweet) activities to work miracles in little and big hearts this Easter season.