Easter Candy, Easter Baskets, Easter Bunnies, Easter Activities, Easter Bash, Easter Get-together, Easter Eggs, Easter Break, Easter Decorations, Easter Sunday. People really love Easter! But it really seems like this Christian holiday is becoming more and more secular.
In the hype of Easter sweets, deco, activities, and the family gatherings, the real reason we celebrate Easter can get so easily passed over (see what I did there?). Not only is it important to remember the real reason we celebrate Easter, but it’s even more important to remind our children why we celebrate Easter. These Christ-centered Easter activities are a great way to do that!
So how do you make sure that you have a Christ-centered Easter? Well, you make sure that you don’t forget about Christ. Which means kicking out everything that doesn’t align with the reason for the season, and making a big deal out of the ones that do.
Why do we celebrate Easter?
We celebrate Easter in remembrance of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. This is an important reminder that Christ died for our sins, but he defied death in his raising and ascension to Heaven. A reminder that not only do we serve a LIVING God, but that death is not the end for us. We’ve got a Heaven to gain and a hell to lose. It’s important to understand these things before we try to encourage our children to.
How do we explain Easter to children?
I don’t think there’s any direct answer to this. It’s important to bring your children to church (Matthew 19:14) and to be faithful (Hebrews 10:25) but it’s also important to lead your children by example (Proverbs 22:6). Your children should learn about Christ through an example of your own dedication to, and love for, Christ. Pray that the Lord gives you the words to speak and that your children have a mind to understand.
Activities to help keep Christ in Easter.
– Read the story of the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Christ; emphasize what these things mean to us as Christians. Here’s a great story from WhyEaster.com to read with them, The Full Easter Story.
– Here’s a list of some of my favorite Pinterest activities for children during Easter.
1. Easter Tree from John Lund– From this tree hangs plastic Easter eggs, and in each egg is a symbol that represents the story of Easter. Not only is it a super cute decoration, but it serves as an educational tool in teaching our children the real meaning of Easter. Plus, you can read about her Easter Week Lessons too. If you don’t want to make your own eggs, you can purchase this Resurrection Eggs with Booklet and Stickers.
2. Easter Carnation Experiment from BeingLDS.Blogspot.com- This “science” experiment is the coolest! A great way to show how Christ took our sin upon Him when He died for us.
3. Resurrection Rolls from Eat At Allies- These are not only a great visual aide, but a tasty one too! I love that she explains each step, tying it into the burial of Jesus.
4. Easter Memory Game– This is a great one for kids who enjoyhands-onn activities. Reading skills, photo recognition, and learning the Resurrection Story. This is a great one!
Do you have any Easter Family Traditions? What are your favorite ways to share the Resurrection with your children and keep Christ in Easter?
(The above activities belong to the blogs named. I don’t take credit for other bloggers original ideas. Thanks for Eat at Allies, BeingLDS, and John Lund for sharing their great ideas with our readers!)