Make your Easter celebration a "Christian Easter!" Just like Christmas, Easter has become commercialized. We must keep Christ the center and teach our children the true meaning of Easter and the wonderful hope it holds.
There are many creative ideas to help us as Christian families, ministry leaders, or Sunday School teachers to incorporate fun while also instilling the Biblical message of Easter.
One way we did this as our four children were growing up was to make Resurrection Cookies. This recipe is fun to make and also teaches the wonderful hope found in a Christian Easter.
Use a variety of Easter eggs - hard boiled, chocolate, and plastic to share a wonderful Easter object lesson or a fun Easter devotion for children. You can also use a tea bag to teach an object lesson on Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. Using empty egg shells, soil, and grass seed, create a mini Easter garden as you tell the Easter Story through this object lesson activity.
Or if you need Easter Bible lesson ideas for youth, try this complete 14-page themed night with ice breakers, Easter activities as well as a reflection time on the true meaning of Easter. It's written by Grahame Knox and he calls it Easter Eggstravaganza!
Something else we did with our children was to use Resurrection Eggs to tell the wonderful story of Easter. These may also be purchased ready-made from ChristianBook.com:
|Resurrection Eggs, Updated Edition
Crack open the glorious story of Jesus' resurrection! Stored in a plastic carton, a dozen rainbow-hued eggs are filled with surprises. Pop them open and find miniature symbols of Easter inside! An updated companion booklet in English and Spanish features Bible stories explaining the significance of each object. Includes 12 stickers corresponding to the eggs. Ages 5 and up.
Another book that takes a similar approach of telling the Christian Easter story is:
|Benjamin's Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs
By Melody Carlson, illustrated by Jack Stockman / Zonderkidz
This tale of a child following Jesus during Biblical times to find out who he is will teach your children lessons from the Bible.
What are the treasures in Benjamin's Box? Come along with Benjamin and see. Like all boys and girls, Benjamin is very, very curious. Unlike children of today, however, Benjamin lives during the days of Christ! When Jesus comes to Jerusalem, Benjamin decides to follow Him and find out who He really is. At first, he thinks Jesus is a teacher, then a king. At last, Benjamin learns the good news--news that every child (and grown-up!) will want to share. Recommended for ages 4 to 7.
As our kids were growing up, we created our own version of a single "Resurrection Egg." We took one of the large eggs that stockings came in (or any extra large plastic egg) and filled it with a small cross made from sticks, a stone, and a piece of gauze. Then we wrapped rainbow curly ribbons around the egg and tied a big bow.
The one who found the egg got to tell the story of Jesus' crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection using the items in the egg and leaving it empty to show that He had risen! They also received a special prize.
Another great idea is to use Resurrection eggs as a meaningful countdown to Easter! Number your eggs 1-12 and then find one each day leading up to Easter with the final egg being the empty one and have an Easter Sunday celebration - "He is risen!" This helps kids (and us!) begin early building our anticipation as we look for our Blessed Hope, and points us to continue to watch for His second coming!
Check out how to use Resurrection Eggs in a Christian Easter Memory Game!
Easter is the ideal time to share the love of Christ with others! I love this family fun Christian Easter idea that I’ve seen going around called “You’ve Been Egged!” Secretly hide a dozen plastic eggs in someone’s yard. Before you do, fill eleven with treats and leave one empty. You could even make and use the Resurrection Eggs mentioned above and share the Gospel through them!
Make a sign that says –
“YOU”VE BEEN EGGED!
There are twelve eggs hidden in your yard!
Enjoy the hunt, but don’t be discouraged
when you find one empty…
that’s a reminder of Jesus’ empty tomb…
HE IS RISEN!
Or use this free printable from FabNFree!
Kids (as well as adults) enjoy Easter candy! Use M&Ms and Jelly Beans to share the sweet Good News of Easter!
Use a bag of M&Ms and this M&M Easter Poem by Bethany Tapp through Ministry-to-Childrento share the Easter Story!
Jelly Beans can also be used to share the good news message of Easter -
Jelly Bean Prayer
Red is for the blood He gave,
Green is for the grass He made,
Yellow is for the sun so bright,
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins that were made,
White is for the grace He gave.
Purple is for the hour of sorrow,
Pink is for the new tomorrow.
A bag full of jelly beans,
Colorful and sweet,
Is a Prayer...is a Promise... Is an Easter treat!
Find super cute Jelly Bean Prayer templates & crafts at Church House Collection! They offer free printable coloring sheets, bracelets, bookmarks and more for the Jelly Bean Prayer!
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