Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. The sunshine, flowers blooming and baby animals are always a joy, but my favorite thing is celebrating the new life that Jesus gives with my kids. Here are five simple ways to do that.
1. Memorize a Scripture together. Even young kids can learn to memorize Scripture, especially if you use hand motions to teach it. One Scripture you can learn together is Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you,” (ESV). For the hand motions, start by squatting and then jump up when you say, “Arise, shine!” Spread your arms as you say, “For your light has come.” Finally point to your chest as you say, “Upon you.” Share with your kids that when we trust in Jesus He brings new life, and light, into our hearts.
2. Create a wordless book. Help kids create a book that explains the story of new life without any words. Give each child five sheets of colored construction paper, cut in half. Black represents sin. Red is for Jesus’ blood, and white is for purity—being washed of our sins. Yellow is for the light of Jesus in heaven, and blue is for being baptized. Allow your kids to “read” their book to you when they are done.
3. Go on a nature hike and celebrate new life. Notice the leaves on the trees, the flowers and the creatures all around. Remind your kids how even though everything looked dead just months ago, new life has come. Together, pray and thank Jesus for the new life he gives.
4. Read an Easter book. I love An Easter Prayer by Amy Parker. Little ones can thank God for all the things that comes when spring arrives—bunnies, flowers, and Easter eggs, but mostly Jesus!
5. Create a handprint bouquet. Trace your kids’ hands on construction paper and cut them out. Glue them onto another paper, arranged as a bouquet. Drawn the stems to complete the flowers. Then, on each finger, write things you thank God for.
Each of these provide simple ways that kids can celebrate new life in Jesus. They are great reminders that even though the world may celebrate in other ways, we truly have something to celebrate about in Him!
What are your favorite Easter/Spring activities that help kids celebrate new life?