Sorry that I have been MIA for the past couple of months. I guess that is what happens when you take on too many things and your plate begins to spill over! I definitely wanted to post as Easter is approaching and give you a resource for some great activities you can do with your kids during this time from none other than my favorite blogging mom, Ohamanda.
I am on Amanda’s email list for her Easter News Blast, which gives 10 emails for 10 days for tips, traditions, and fun for celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. One idea from her that I’m excited to make with my kids is a “Resurrection Garden” in a bowl with my kids on Good Friday. You fill it with dirt and then collect various items from outside like rocks, plants, sticks, moss, and leaves to cover and plant. The final piece to put in your garden is a potato. Yes, you heard right… a potato. You cut it on the end and carve out a little hold and place the potato cut side down. This makes your garden not just any garden, but the garden and tomb where Jesus was buried. By Friday night, your garden will be looking a little sad, and by Saturday it will be looking pretty pathetic. Amanda tells you to talk with your children about how the disciples must have been feeling and how long of a time it felt when you first had planted your garden. Explain that whole time Jesus had been dead and his friends were so sad, scared, and confused. After your kids go to bed Saturday night, do some rearranging to your garden and add beautiful flowers to it and watch your kids be amazed on Sunday morning at the new life that has come. I love Amanda’s excerpt from her blog post about her experience with this…
“And when Lydia woke up she was shocked to see our garden alive with beautiful flowers and growth and LIFE! I loved seeing her little face staring at the flowers in amazement (instead of greedily looking through her Easter basket). I loved the waiting we did from Good Friday to Resurrection Sunday. I loved the gorgeous picture of LIFE and beauty the flowers gave us. I want my kids to know and understand what Jesus did for them on the cross. I want Easter to be as big and as exciting and (dare I say?) magical as Christmas. This is just one way we’ve decided to help impress the greatest gift and miracle onto our children.”
Sign up for Amanda’s Newsblast by clicking on the picture if this sounds like something you would like to do with your kids. Each of the 10 days you will get an idea sent right to your email box.
Need some Easter book ideas that are not just about bunnies and chicks? Here are some that focus on Christ that I plan on doing with my kids. Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon to order. If you have never tried out Amazon Prime, you can do a free month trial to get free 2 day shipping. I do get a small kick back if you order through my site. :)
Easter, Easter Almost Here!
This book is about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This one is perfect for preschoolers.
Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs
This book would be good to do if you are wanting to do Resurrection Eggs with your kids.
These Resurrection Eggs include a dozen rainbow-hued eggs are filled with surprises. When you pop them open you will find miniature symbols of Easter inside of them. An updated companion booklet in English and Spanish features Bible stories explaining the significance of each object. Includes 12 stickers corresponding to the eggs.
The Legend of the Three Trees: The Classic Story of Following Your Dreams
This book is good for Christmas and Easter. It’s a beautiful story about 3 trees who want to do big things and really make a difference in the world–as a treasure box, a king’s royal ship and a sign to God. Their dreams turn out differently when they become a manger, a fishing boat and a cross.