How do you celebrate Easter? Easter is absolutely my favorite time of year. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas as well, but for me – Easter is The Reason for my faith. So you will understand that I want my kids to know the True Meaning of Easter. But what I’ve learned is I have to make it fun to keep their attention. Today I want to share my favorite, Fun and easy activities to teach the true Meaning of Easter to Kids. These help Kids focus on the resurrection instead of a bunny and candy.
What is the real reason for Easter?
- It is a beautiful testament to God’s love to us that Jesus was born – fulfilling countless prophecies.
- The fact that He lived life as one of us (but without sin) and can relate to our humanity give me hope daily.
- But none of that mattered unless:
- Jesus died on the cross
- Paid for every sin the world has ever known
- And was raised from the dead on the third day.
The Resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the real reason we celebrate Easter
John 14:6 Jesus said to him,
As with everything else in our culture, we have to be intentional as Disciples of Christ to keep our hearts focused. Easter is one of those holidays that the culture has high-jacked completely as we drift away from our Christian roots. It is so tempting to focus on spring, eggs, bunnies and candy and lose sight of the reason for this season.
Below are some Christian Easter Tradition Ideas for Kids, Families, Personal and Group use.
How do we stay Focused on the Resurrection this Easter?
okay, before we jump into the activities we have to talk about The Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunts.
Should Christians celebrate Easter Bunny activities?
The Easter Bunny a point many debate about. Is the Easter Bunny just a fun symbol of spring or is it about Easter? There is some fascinating history that might help you understand where this practice came from, to begin with here (1). The point is, we can not leave the Easter Bunny out of Easter and expect our kids to take us seriously (I’ve tried). They see how culture celebrates and naturally have questions.
My questions is: How can we use the Easter Bunny to turn their attention back to the True Meaning of Easter? Click To Tweet
And as for Easter Egg Hunts…Instead of asking if an easter egg hunt is biblical, let's ask how we can turn an Easter Egg Hunt into an opportunity to share the gospel. We'll see how in this article. Click To Tweet
To Teach the Easter Meaning we have to get our hearts Focused.
This year for Lent invites you to join me in a 40 day Study of how to be still and know God more.
BTW… curious what all the fuss about Lent is? The Lenten season is an oft-neglected Christian tradition, but this ancient practice can add richness to our Easter celebrations. Check this out (2) to learn more of the History Behind Lent and see two free Bible study/devotional options.
Other Ways to focus our Heart on the True Meaning of Easter
Fast as a Family through Lent (Catholic or not 😉 ) – check out these 14 Beautiful Ways Your Family Can Celebrate Lent (3)
What should I give up for Lent (or make my family give up?) The act of “giving up” is done not because we need to earn our way to Heaven, but rather as a dedication, a desire to grow more Christ-like, and as thankfulness of the gift of Christ’s death for our sins. Here are some ways to embrace this season and grow as a family in faith and worship!
Why not focus on the Resurrection while on Social media with Free sharable Easter Imgs from The Holy Mess (4)?
Another way to Focus our Hearts at Easter is to check your heart and be sure you are being Real about your own Faith.
Heather believes the message of Easter to the very core of her being, but sometimes life is hard. It weighs on her and she let’s the stress of it pollute her soul. To be honest, she feels a little whitewashed… maybe you can relate. Read about that here (5).
Another great way to focus on Jesus in my personal life is to be in the Word.
I have created a 40 day reading and Journaling Guide through Anxiety (6) – which becomes an issue for me this time of year as well – #DisfunctionalFamilyLife 🙁 These verses really help me stay focused on Jesus while struggling with Anxiety! They are yours Free below.
Staying in the Word and studying the Resurrection is another way to Focus our Heart
Check out this 40 day resurrection devotional (Easter Scripture) in Sarah Geringer’s library. She shares about it here as she tells us how to Build a Resurrection Garden (7)
Lullaby Lark shares about having a Christ-Centered Moma Mantra here (8)
As a busy mom, it takes daily (sometimes hourly or minute-ly) reminders to keep my eyes on Jesus, not only so I can be the mom I want to be for my boys, but so I can be the mom God desires that I be. Between potty times, nursing times, nap times, meal times, it seems that the times I’m able to truly focus are so very limited. What’s a busy mom to do? I collect bite-size, Spirit-led sayings, scriptures, song lyrics and more that I can recite to myself (sometimes over and over again!) to refocus my mind and heart on my God-given task of mothering.
Easy Activities to Teach the True Meaning of Easter to kids
Activity Ideas to teach Easter as a Family or Sunday School/Homeschool
Our Families Favorite Easter Activities for kids is Easter Activity Workbook from AbcJesusLovesMe.com (9) that can be done in 7 days or a few weeks to focus us on the Cross. It is perfect for kids old enough to color all the way up to Tweens – who love to teach the lessons at that point!
Jelly Beans are a candy that we love (and it comes Vegan!!!). How creative is this idea to use Jelly Beans to teach Prayer (10) and focus on Jesus!!!!!!!!! FaithAlongTheWay has some other Fabulous Christian Easter Activity ideas I know you will love!
Help Kids in your neighborhood Learn the True Meaning of Easter with an Egg Hunt (11)!
Easter is one time families are open to the gospel. Have you ever considered hosting an Easter egg hunt for your kids and the neighbors’ kids and focusing on Jesus? We do this every year as a way to share the gospel and get to know our neighbors! We use the Resurrection eggs to make the easter story for children easier.
Activities to Teach The Real Meaning of Easter to Older Kids
This Easter Story Writing guide (12) is perfect for Elementary age kids. Writing through scripture is an amazing way to internalize it and focus our hearts. Plus she adds in the pieces from the Resurrection eggs. What a fun way to let the older children teach the younger!
Activities teaching Preschooler’s about Easter
I love any activities that get the kids hands on! This is a fun way to teach the Easter story for preschoolers using a calendar and all the events in Easter with Felt (14)! My kids love felt activities! It helps to have Easter explained to a child in a hands on way.
Activities to Teach The True Meaning of Easter to Toddlers
We started talking about Easter as soon as we had kids. I literally googled Easter talk for toddlers to find ways to start. The idea of what to say about the hard parts can feel intimidating (especially explaining Easter to 8 year old or younger). The are loads of books that make the Easter sotry for kids on their level.
My Favorite Christian Children’s Books about Easter take the guess work out of how to tell the Easter Story to kids are below
Focusing in your Sunday School or Homeschool
We incorporate a Bible time into Homeschool and I often pull Sunday School Ideas (16) from this site! Bonus – kids learn so much better when their hands are busy in a craft. So crafting while we talking through each event in Jesus Life is a win-win!
Which Ideas will you try? Do you do something else? Drop me a comment so we can try it too!