Read the Easter story right from the Bible one night after dinner or before bed. If you use a New International Version (NIV) or The Message Bible, it helps make the story easier to understand. The Easter story can be found in several places but you can start in the book of Mark chapters 15 and 16.
Read the Easter story aloud while your kids are decorating Easter eggs. You’ll have a captive audience.
Keep a stash of jelly beans for mom and dad’s use only. In the week leading up to Easter leave a few jelly beans with short notes telling your children how much you love them or how you see God working in their lives. Leave the jellybeans and notes in some fun places for them to find them (under their pillows, in their lunch boxes, in their backpacks, or on their dressers).
Make your own Easter story eggs. Fill 12 plastic eggs with a Bible verse and corresponding item that will help tell the Easter story. Number the eggs and place them in a basket you keep as a center piece on your kitchen table. Beginning 12 days before Easter, allow your kids to open one egg each day in countdown order. Read the verse and talk about how the item is an important part of the Easter story. This helps tell the Easter story in a creative way. It’s especially beneficial to those kids who best learn with hands-on activities. Here are the items you’ll need:
|Message (Front)||Scripture (Back)||Items|
|1: Jesus rode into Jerusalem
on a donkey. The people
waved palm branches.
|Matthew 21:1-11||Piece of palm branch|
|2: Mary poured expensive
perfume on Jesus’ feet.
|John 12:2-8||Small perfume sample or cloth
|3: Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples.||Matthew 26:17-19||Chex cereal|
|4: Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.||Matthew 27:3||3 dimes|
|5: Jesus carried His own cross.||John 19:17||Popsicle stick cut and glued in
a cross form
|6: Soldiers placed a crown of
thorns on Jesus’ head.
|John 19:2||Small thorny branch|
|7: Soldiers parted Jesus’
garments and cast lots for
|John 19:23||Swatch of burlap and a nail|
|8: Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced in His side.||John 19:18,37 &
|9: They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink.||Matthew 27:34||A small sponge|
|10: Spices to prepare Jesus
|John 19:40||7 or 8 whole cloves|
|11: The stone covering Jesus’
tomb was rolled away.
|John 20:1||A small rock|
|12: The napkin around Jesus’
head was lying separately
from His linen clothers. He
was not there. He has risen!
|John 20:6-7||A scrap of linen-type fabric|
If you don’t want to make your own, you can find ready-made Resurrection Eggs online or in Christian bookstores from Family Life.
Have a happy day! Denise
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