Christmas and Easter are my most favorite times to impress my kid with God’s love and life. At Christmas we spend all month doing advent calendars and more to focus on Jesus. Easter isn’t quite the cultural phenomenon that Easter is, but I still want it to be special, exciting and “magical” for my kids!
Here are some of my favorite ways to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Not all of them require lots of supplies or big amounts of time. Today is Good Friday, so it’s the perfect time to do one of these activities with your kids!
1. Resurrection Garden
I’ve seen several Easter Gardens on Pinterest and in magazines. But I like the twist we’ve put on ours. We make a little garden in a pie pan on Good Friday (pulling weeds, twigs and moss from our backyard), then we just watch it wilt on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday morning before the kids get up, I cover the garden with fresh colorful flowers! It’s an exciting, surprising reminder of Jesus’ new life!
2. Resurrection Books
There are so many fabulous books that show the death and resurrection of Jesus in kid-friendly ways. One of my favorites isn’t even about the actual crucifixion, but a parable of Jesus’ life, death and new life. The Parable of the Lily shows a bulb transformed into life after being buried all winter! It would be fun to buy a lily to display in your house to remind you of this miracle!
3. Easter Baskets
We do Easter baskets a little bit differently. First I let my kids fill up their baskets with rocks. We look at the rocks and discuss how sin makes our hearts hard. We cover up our baskets with a big red cloth and then later on (when the kids least expect it!), the see a third basket labeled ‘”Jesus” with all their rocks inside! And in their baskets? No more rocks–it’s full of gifts that help them grow in God’s Word!
Use this season to let your kids feel and see the real excitement of the resurrection! He is risen!
Amanda is a stay-at-home mom of two who blogs at OhAmanda.com and Impress Your Kids. In her former life, Amanda was a Children’s Pastor — overseeing, organizing and developing ministry for kids in nursery through middle school, but now that she is a mom, her “skills” are used up on her kids!