Easter is less than two weeks away. Now, I’m not one to shoot the Easter Bunny or declare that all things fun or yummy like egg hunts and jelly beans need to be banned (certainly not chocolate bunnies!). Still, I do want to be intentional to remind my children that Easter is about an empty tomb that once held Jesus, and to keep our activities focused on Him.
With so little time and even less creativity, I love it when those ultra-creative moms do some of the work for me. So, since I’m not one of those, I thought I’d round up some of their awesomeness and put it in one place. I hope you find some new ways to celebrate Easter this year and perhaps start some lifelong traditions.
Resurrection Eggs–There are all sorts of these, but these are my favorite for ages 5 and up.
Grace Garden–I absolutely love this one from Ann Voskamp at aholyexperience.com. Ann says, “So the kids and I, we put our hands into dirt, and we remember our garden fall and His garden grace.” Love it!
Fun Easter Story Cards For a Neighbor–I love these printables from the Happy Home Fairy. Fun for the whole family.
Family Service Jar–Another from the Happy Home Fairy and a great way to encourage kindness. Definitely going to be a new tradition for us.
ACTIVITIES, GAMES, AND CRAFTS
Easter Bingo–Telling the Easter story with symbols and a game for ages 4-7.
The Jesus Tree–There are all kinds of variations on this, but this is simple (Yay for me!) and has a Bible study to go along with it.
Resurrection Scavenger Hunt–My kiddos have always loved scavenger hunts, and this one is one for all ages.
Salt Dough Empty Tomb–A keeper and one we will do this week.
Printable Easter Coloring Pages–I’m a fan of everything from What’s In The Bible and these are no different. When you’re finished, you may just want to get a copy of Jesus is the Good News! to watch together.
Pop-Up Easter Scenes–For those of you who are beyond the coloring pages, these are awesome. I’m okay with just staying between the lines though.
Clothespin Donkey–Just in time for Palm Sunday, little crafters will love this.
Where Is Jesus Watercolor Magic–Always exciting to see the surprise in these.
Resurrection Cookies–Definitely not my favorite cookies, but the kids love them and I love the lessons they learn. Leigh Anne at Your Home Based Mom shows how simple they are.
Resurrection Buns–What kids don’t love these! Easy and fun!
No Bake Empty Tomb Treat–Made with donuts and Oreos. Enough said.
Crown of Thorn Cookies–Another awesome treat that’s simple and delish.
Lamb of God Cupcakes–Seriously, too cute.
Surprise Cross Cake–This is for the serious baker. I will not be making this one, but would be thrilled if any of you volunteered to make it for me. Amazing!
Cross Cake For the Rest of Us–An easier version that I’ve made for Easter dinner many times or at least until Samara threw up red velvet all over my nearly-white bedroom carpet. She hasn’t been able to look at red velvet cake since ;-).
Here’s a short list of some of my favorites. There are so many more, but these are the ones that you’ll never get tired of reading.
Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs–We read this as we do the resurrection eggs.
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale–One of my favorite children’s books ever, we read it anytime of the year.
The Thornbush–primarily for ages 4-8, but tells the story of shame and redemption through the eyes of a thorn bush.
Amon’s Adventure: A Family Story for Easter–This book for the whole family is a traditional read for us. Packed with excitement and great lessons, we get more from it each time we read it.
Well, there you have it–some great ideas from some great moms on the web. I hope you try a few this year, and bookmark this page to keep new ideas right at your fingertips next year. Until then, have an Easter full of the freedom and love of Jesus.
And please share some of your own ideas or pictures with me here or at our Mothers With a Mission Facebook group.