Every time Easter and Christmas come around, I find myself frustrated and wondering how I can make these holidays more memorable for my family. We aren’t against giving our kids gifts and candy, but it can seem like these things have taken over. I want so badly for my kids to understand the true meaning of these holidays, but I find myself just saying, “Jesus is the reason we celebrate Easter.” Let’s just say that it doesn’t stick. The “magic” and gifts associated with these holidays seem to speak so much more loudly to my kids than the gospel.
This Easter, I wasn’t as intentional as I wanted about bringing Christ’s resurrection into our family’s celebration. I wanted to have a PLAN for how I was going to show my kids the true meaning of Easter. So now, the day before the actual holiday, I’m finding myself without a plan. (Other than going to church, but that’s a normal occurrence for us!)
I’ve found a few ideas that I like, but it’s hard with kids of varying ages. My kids are 9, 7, and 3, so it’s difficult to make both the 9 and 3 year old happy at times. Here are some ideas that I found that are good for little and/or big kids:
Resurrection rolls. This baking experiment is a fun way to teach and talk about Jesus’ resurrection with little kids.
Children’s Bible. Read the Easter story out of a children’s Bible like The Jesus Storybook Bible.
Scavenger hunt. Have your kids look for a rock (the tomb), two sticks (the cross), something black (sin), something red (blood), something white (a clean heart), and something green (growing in Christ).
Disappearing sin act. An science to experiment to demonstrate how Jesus took our sin upon Himself. I’m most excited about trying this one, because I have the hardest time with intriguing my 9 year old. He love science experiments, so this just may be the winner!
Carnation experiment. Another science experiment to teach how our spotless Lamb took away our sin.
Candy tags. Tie the candy you give your kids to the true meaning of Easter. You could give rock candy to them with a tag that says, “Jesus is my rock“. Or another idea is to give bunny Peeps with a tag that reads, “No bunny loves you like Jesus.”
I’m curious….What are some ways that you teach your kids about Jesus’ resurrection? How do you keep your Easter celebrations focused on Jesus?
I can’t wait to hear your ideas!