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Sometimes it can be difficult to teach our children the real meaning of holidays like Easter and Christmas aside from all the hoopla that surrounds them. But I love that my girls are getting old enough to finally (at least somewhat) understand the stories about Jesus that give us reason to celebrate. So far this year, I've done a couple activities to help teach them the true meaning of Easter. I started off by telling them "Egg hunts and candy and bunnies are all fun, and we like to have fun. But the REAL reason for Easter is this...."
And then I showed them the Resurrection Eggs.
If you've never heard of Resurrection Eggs, they are the BEST tool for teaching little ones the Easter story. I bought these from Family Life, and my girls LOVED them! They come with a little book that tells you exactly what to say as you open each egg. Each one contains a different small toy representative of the Easter story (a donkey, a cup, a whip, a cross, etc.) My kids were giddy as they opened each egg to see what was inside. It kept them intrigued the whole time as they learned the complete Easter story with specific details they'd never heard before.
I also purchased Lily's Easter Party, a supplemental book to the eggs, which we read later that night. Both girls loved it and thought it was so cool that all the eggs Lily and her friends opened were just like the ones we had opened earlier.
Another activity we did this year was making "Resurrection Rolls." A friend had told me about these a couple years ago, and so I finally tried it. They were so easy and worked perfectly!
Here's what you do.
(You need 1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough, 8 large marshmallows, melted butter, cinnamon & sugar.)
1. Tear apart crescent roll dough and tell kids that each triangle represents the tomb.
2. Each child takes a marshmallow, which represents the body of Christ.
3. They dip the marshmallow in the butter (we stuck ours on toothpicks to do this) and roll it in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Tell them this represents the oils and spices the body was anointed with upon burial.
4. Lay the marshmallows on the dough and carefully wrap it around the marshmallow.
5. Make sure all seams are pinched together well. (Otherwise the marshmallow will ooze out of the seams.)
6. Bake according to package directions.
8. Break open the tombs and see that the body of Christ is no longer there!
These turned out so much better than the "Resurrection Cookies" we attempted last year! The girls were amazed to see that the marshmallow/body of Christ was gone when we cut the tombs open. This was a simple activity that we will probably keep doing each year.
And you all know how I love faith-based books that teach our children important messages. Well I am loving this new book from Tommy Nelson, God Bless Our Easter.
This sweet book emphasizes that every spring blessing (new chicks, bunnies, lambs and flowers) each comes from God. The pictures are precious and the story is rhyming, and I just know my girls will love it. (They haven't seen it yet because I plan to put it in Selah's Easter basket!)
And of course, I'm giving a copy away to one lucky reader! To enter, just leave a comment telling your favorite thing about Easter or a way you emphasize the day's true meaning. I'll announce a winner Monday, April 14.
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