Most of us will find ourselves involved in one or two Easter egg hunts this weekend along with attending a special Easter service at our respective places of worship. Yet, sometimes, this is a holiday that comes and goes so fast we realize that we may not have taken the opportunity to discuss the important points of the holiday with our children. After all, we spend so much time focusing on the birth of Christ and generally not much time at all celebrating the primary foundation of our faith; namely the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. So, as Easter quickly approaches, I encourage you to think about the family traditions you practice in your home that will help to highlight the important points.
One of the things we do every year on Good Friday is to watch "The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus" with our boys. It is a high-quality Claymation production with an all-star voice-talent cast. Appropriate for all ages, the story follows the major aspects of Jesus' ministry; from the beginning right through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. Often times, we will pause the film and discuss points and answer questions along the way. See the thumbnail link on this page to purchase your own copy through our store.
Another thing that the boys enjoy doing is talking through our "Resurrection Eggs". Ours is a homemade kit, but you can also purchase them pre-made. All you need is an egg container that you save from putting in the recycle that holds at least 12 eggs (18 eggs if you want to find that many symbolic objects). Then make sure you have a different color of plastic Easter egg (regular size) to place in each slot; making sure to have a white one that will remain empty for the last one. See the thumbnail link on this page to purchase a pre-made one through our store.
One other idea is to bake resurrection cookies. Various ingredients represent different parts of the Easter account and the cookies are left in the oven overnight. Some families even choose to "seal" their oven with tape. Then when the cookies are taken out in the morning, they are hollow or "empty" on the inside, just like when Jesus rose from the grave! Here is one recipe, but there are several variations out there you can try: http://www.motherhoodonadime.com/kids/resurrection-cookies-printable-recipe/.
Homeschooling since 2000, Carol shares in her blog observations, confessions, and musings that help provide perspective and inspiration for homeschooling moms.