With all the commercialism of Easter, it can be easy to simply follow the culture’s norm with your children. Buying new dresses, hunting for Easter eggs and filling Easter baskets can become more of a focus than Jesus’ death and resurrection.
But the way we parents celebrate the most important moment in Christian history makes a real impact on our children. Christian parents must be intentional about keeping the focus of Easter on Jesus.
We’d like to help, so we have gathered a few resources for you to consider using to help teach your children about Easter and to celebrate Jesus with them. There are many more resources than we’ve listed. Let us know your favorites and add to the list!
- Use a reading plan for Easter week using the ever popular Jesus Storybook Bible (via Home with the Boys)
- Read out loud from a “grown up” bible, using our Easter Week reading plan
- Read a devotional together (our family especially enjoys the fictional Amon’s Adventure)
Make a craft
- How about a simple craft? Make a fingerprint cross with your little one using these instructions from Jodi Durr of Meaningful Mama
- Try Easter silhouette art from Tamara at Teaching with TLC.
Spend Time in the Kitchen
- Make Easter story cookies, during which you will read a scripture for each step of the process.
- Bake empty tomb rolls
Daily Activity Plans and Bible Studies for Young Children
- Written by Do Not Depart’s founder, Katie Orr, Find More Jesus is an eight day activity plan, designed to start on Palm Sunday.
- A Sense of Resurrection by Amanda White includes twelve activities for young children, which you can spread out as best fits your family.
- Grapevine Studies offer many bible studies for all ages and topics in the Bible, including Easter studies. Check out the sample lessons that you can download for free on their sample lessons page, including a resurrection lesson.
Share a Seder Meal
- Remember Jesus’ final Passover meal by sharing a Messianic seder with your family. In our home, we often do this the Thursday before Easter, and conclude by washing each other’s feet.
For More Ideas
- The folks at Free Homeschool Deals have created a huge list of resources for faith-focused Easter crafts, recipes, literature and more
- Find Easter resources for the whole family at The Better Mom
And now a question for you: Do you have family traditions that keep Jesus as the focus of Easter? Please tell us about them in the comments!
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