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Fun Ways to Teach Kids the Meaning of Easter

March 13, 2011

The Easter Celebration is filled with delightful things like chocolate bunnies, Easter egg hunts, and baskets filled with goodies.  Learning about the true meaning of Easter can be fun also.  And it would be pleasing to God to see His young children delight themselves in learning about His love through Jesus.

Reading a children’s book about the story of Easter is a simple way to learn about the resurrection of Christ.  A book that my toddler personally enjoys is The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs. This book is about a girl named Maggie who receives a special gift from her father.  Maggie rejects the gift, only for it to come alive Easter morning as a beautiful Lily.  Scripture references follow the story’s narration.
Another interesting activity is the Resurrection Eggs, which is a set of 12 eggs filled with small items that represent the events leading to the resurrection of Jesus.  One egg is opened each day as you countdown to Easter Sunday.  You can buy the resurrection eggs at Christian book stores or online.
You can make your own  Resurrection Eggs by using an empty egg crate and plastic eggs.  For details on how to make your own, visit Living on a Dime.
resurrection eggs project
Another variation of the Resurrection Eggs, that does not involve small parts, is the Resurrection Eggs Lap book.  I came across this idea from the home school blogger ‘Just Call Me Jamin!’  You can get instructions, directions, and printouts from their post on Resurrection Eggs Lap book.
resurrection eggs lap book (close)
resurrection eggs lap book (open)
There is also a video of the resurrection eggs activity produced by Cullen’s ABC’s at www.cullensabcs.com.  You can just watch along with your child or use it as guide to narrate your own activity.
A fun and delicious way to explain the Easter story is to bake Resurrection Rolls.  These rolls are made with a marshmallow center that melts after it is baked.  The lesson that is given during the preparation of the rolls uses the disappearing marshmallow to discuss the death, burial, and risen Christ.  Read my blog post Resurrection Rolls: A Sweet Easter Lesson to get recipes and step-by-step instructions.
These are great activities for families, Sunday schools, and home schools.  If you have a fun Easter activity that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about it.  It’s not hard to teach the true meaning of the Resurrection to young children.  Just be creative!
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