When you ask most children what Easter is about what do you think their answer would be? A lot of them would probably say Easter bunnies, eggs, chocolate, getting their Easter baskets etc. I would hope that many of our children would say that Easter is about Jesus and His death on the cross for our sins. After all, this is the true meaning of Easter.
Unfortunately, Easter has become about what we can get instead of what we can give and what we have been given by Jesus. Sharing with our children the real meaning of Easter, that Jesus died for their sins and loves them very much, is a hard thing to focus on when we are surrounded by the Easter bunny, chocolate, eggs, and more.
Today I want to share with you some great activities and resources that can help you to teach about the true meaning of Easter for Children.
First off, I want to start by saying that I am NOT condemning the Easter bunny or doing Easter egg hunts or anything else related with Easter. Our daughter will be doing an Easter egg hunt this year and she also usually receives an Easter basket from family. When she gets older we may even dye Easter eggs. However, I don't want those things to be our only or main focus around Easter. Easter is a time to celebrate a Risen Savior who loved us all SO much that He came to die for our sins.
Below are some resources I have found to help you teach your children about the God who loves them so much!
“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28, NIV
Ebooks & DVDs For Teaching About the True Meaning of Easter for Children
This past week I purchased a Sense of the Resurrection by Amanda White. You may recognize her as the author of Truth in The Tinsel, a very popular Advent ebook around Christmas time. We are really enjoying this ebook. There are 12 activities that use all 5 senses to learn about Jesus's death and resurrection.
Even though my daughter is only 20 months old, we are still doing the Bible readings and also coloring the fun little flags that go with each activity. One of the activities is washing each other's feet like Jesus did in the Bible, she really enjoyed that one as well. This ebook is an excellent resource for teaching about the TRUE meaning of Easter. Each activity is simple to do and points children to Jesus in everything!
Another resource we have enjoyed is Veggie Tales: ‘Twas the night before Easter DVD.
This DVD does not tell the actual story of Easter, but it does talk about how we should put others before ourselves and that Easter is not just about what we can get. It is about what we can give to others as well. We enjoyed watching this with all the lovable Veggie Tales characters.
There is also a Veggietales: A Very Veggie Easter Collection DVD that I plan on checking out as well! I have not watched this one, but so far everything from Veggie Tales I have liked. So just read up on it some before deciding if it is a good fit for your family.
And if you have older children, you will want to check out this next one. When I Survey is a 12 day hymnological journey to the cross for the children ages 6-14! There is a graphic below so you can see inside it a little bit. This looks like an excellent resource for when E is older!
Printables & Activities for Teaching the True Meaning of Easter for Children
I asked some of my blogging friends to share their resources with you all today! There are some pretty amazing things here that you will definitely want to check out!
Faith Filled Easter Eggs – Educating Laytons
The Passover Cleansing – The House of Hendrix
Preparing Our Home for Easter – The House of Hendrix
Easter Week Family Devotional – Adventures in Mommydom
Holy Week Devotional – Adventures in Mommydom
Easter Resurrection Egg Craft – Adventures in Mommydom
Preschool & Easter Activity (Free Printable) – Proverbial Homemaker
Making Easter Meaningful to Young Children – True Aim Education
Easter Fun Kit – Paradise Praises
Easter Blessings Fun Pack – Marriage, Motherhood & Missions
Free Easter Book for Children – Happy And Blessed Home
Easter Activity Book & Printables – Happy And Blessed Home
7 DIY Lenten Crafts and Activities – Campfires And Cleats
Resurrections Eggs – Feels Like Home Blog
Marbled Cross Craft – A Mommy's Adventures
Christ Centered Sensory Bin – The Chaos And The Clutter
I also have a Spring fine motor Pinterest board and a Sensory Fun pinterest board you can follow for more ideas. Both of these boards are a mix of all things but there are some fun ideas on there!