Grow: Resources for teaching our kids about Easter
I’ve been hunting for some good Easter-focused resources and I’m really excited to share a few that I’ve found. It’s easy to find fun, bunny-loving, egg-hunting, spring-focused “Easter” activities and stories, but not so easy to find Christ-centered, not-boring, small child appropriate ones. Here are a few that I highly recommend!
Find More Jesus: How to Make Jesus All About Easter
by Katie Orr: Katie shares an alternative to Resurrection Eggs. Each day, beginning on Palm Sunday, kids read a passage of Scripture and open an egg that corresponds to a discussion question or activity. When writing this book, Katie’s three kids were all 5 and under, so for those of you who are looking for toddler/preschool friendly ideas, this one is a keeper! Great thing is that it is only $2.99- I recommend it for parents who aren’t “super crafty” and don’t have a ton of time to prepare, but are wanting to do something age-appropriate with their kids.
I first heard about this organization (Waiting for Water) at the Justice Conference a few weeks ago. They were giving away this GREAT resource for families, and they have also made it available for free on their website, www.waitingforwater.org.
Basically, they have written a small booklet with 7 family devotions that can be done over the course of 7 weeks (Lent) or 7 days (leading up to Easter). Each devotion includes a mix of devotional, Scripture reading, discussion questions, personal response, global response, and art activity. For each day/week of the art activity, the child and/or parent is working on a mosaic that, in the end, will be a beautiful piece of artwork that can be displayed in the home as a reminder of the Easter story.
They also give a tabletop calendar that lists an activity/prayer/discussion question to do over breakfast or dinner. Simply print it out on cardstock, tape it together, and put it on the table. It’s hard to forget when it’s in a place where the family gathers daily!
To access these resources, simply go to their site, scroll down to Families and Individuals, and download the .pdfs.
And of course, don’t forget to check out some of our posts from last year that you may have missed!
And one from the other day….
M&M Easter Story
And finally…if you’re interested, I’ve started a Resurrection Day Pinterest Board that I’ll be building more and more as we get closer to Easter.