For some reason, our family has never really had any fun Easter traditions. We tried to do the whole Easter Bunny thing when our oldest was little, also making sure that she understood the true meaning of the holiday, but somehow she became confused and thought that Jesus brought her the basket of goodies on Easter morning! Since then, we’ve never found a tradition that stuck. This year I want to change that!
I want to start a fun Easter Countdown tradition. I’m planning on counting down to Easter starting two weeks before, but you could countdown the whole month or only a week. I’m going to fill plastic Easter eggs with a slip of paper for each day. Each slip of paper will have a fun activity to do with the kiddos to celebrate Easter, or it will have a Scripture reference for us to read together and discuss, a good combination of the fun and the true meaning that surrounds the holiday.
Want to do an Easter Countdown, too? You’re in luck! I’m going to share my Easter Countdown printable! Click here to download pre-written slips (I prepared 9 of them), and click here to download a page of blank slips to add your own fun ideas to. I can’t wait to do this countdown with the kids, and I know they will love it! Here’s a few of the activities we will be doing during our countdown…
Handprint Lillies – I saw this cute craft and thought it would be perfect for the countdown. There’s also a cute poem that goes along with it:
A piece of me I give to you,
I used my thumb and fingers too,
To make this lily just for you.
It doesn’t smell, it doesn’t grow,
I made it because He loves us so.
Remember that on Good Friday,
Jesus died to wash our sins away.
They buried Him and 3 days passed,
He arose on Easter Sunday at last.
Salvation Bracelets – These bracelets are easy to make and help children understand the gospel with colors that symbolize the key parts.
The Jelly Bean Poem – This cute poem is another way to talk about the important parts of Christ death and resurrection with the added fun of Easter sweets!
Red is for the blood He gave.
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for the sunflowers so bright.
Black is for the dark of night.
White is for the grace He gave.
Orange is for the sun He made.
Purple is for the hours of sorrow.
Pink is for our new tomorrow.
A bag full of jelly beans,
colourful and sweet.
It’s a prayer, a promise,
and a child’s treat.
Resurrection Cookies – These easy cookies have symbolic ingredients, and when they are baked, they are empty inside!
An Easter Prayer – This book is perfect for preschoolers, and a great add-on to your Easter Countdown!
There are so many fun ways to celebrate Easter with your children, but still be reminded of what we are celebrating!
Angie is a Christian homeschooling mom of four active children ranging in age from 4 to 11. She’s been married to her husband, Jeremy, for fourteen years as they’ve learned to live God’s way, and grown together in His love. Her family is very active in their church, where they’ve attend for the past fourteen years. Angie has recently left the world of diaper bags and babies, and is cautiously approaching life with tweens. She is the creator of My Four Monkeys and you can find her on Twitter at @MyFourMonkeys.