It’s Easter (almost)! I have very fond memories, growing up in Jamaica and celebrating Easter. I can still remember my grandma laying out rows of hot cross buns to cool on the kitchen table. We always ate our national dish (ackee and saltfish) for breakfast and Easter dinner was a family affair. We didn’t do Easter egg hunts though but we went to church and prioritized time with family.
We’ve kept our Jamaican traditions and have, of course, adopted some American ones as well. That means eggs hunts (or some variation of it). Over the years we’ve also done a variety of faith-centered activities that give our boys a kid-friendly approach to understanding the true importance the Resurrection story. Here are 7 ideas for Easter activities, that you’re gonna love!
- Preparing for Easter with The Chronicles of Narnia. If your family is a Narnia/C.S. Lewis fan, you’re going to love this! As Ashley notes in her blog post “Not everything in Narnia directly parallels the story of Jesus, but the similarities are too striking to ignore”. I agree, wholeheartedly. Click HERE for more.
2. Easter Basket Gifts – hint: it’s about Jesus not the bunny! We’re definitely doing this one this year. You’ll find this over at OhAmanda’s Blog, and let me tell you…you’re going to LOVE everything you find there. Talk about a woman with a heart for God??! She’s Ah-mazing! Click HERE for more.
3. Resurrection Eggs. There are tons of different resurrection eggs ideas, and if you’re ready to get craftsy, these wooden eggs are just the most adorable little things. Wonderful keepsakes, in fact. Just pick up some plain wooden eggs at your favorite hobby store and get to it. Head over to Frugal Fun For Boys for more. Click HERE
4. The Jelly Bean Poem. Who doesn’t love poetry, better yet, who doesn’t love some Jelly Beans! The two together are a perfect fit. Bounce over to Rachel Wojo’s site to get the 411 on this sweet poem. Click HERE.
5. Sense of Resurrection. Another great one from the lovely OhAmanda. This one is multi-sensory and is an experience for the whole family. Also, if you’ve got kiddos and don’t own a copy of the Jesus Storybook Bible, pick up a copy soon, they’ll love it. Click HERE for more.
6. Resurrection Garden. Now, when I found THIS activity, I could barely contain myself! It’s visual and tactile and every kid is gonna love doing this. I believe this one will really leave an impression on their heart. Click HERE for the details.
8. And then..if you’ve got Lego fans at home, the sky’s the limit with these pleasing polymers. We recently used LEGOS to tell the crucifixion story.
9. More Resurrection Eggs? Well, yes. Since we bought this one, I think this might just be our favorite Easter activity, because no matter how busy we are we can get it done. It’s simple and requires no prep on my part.
Easter is a holy time, but it can also be a super-busy time. If we’re not careful the busyness can snuff out a valuable opportunity to lead our kiddos hearts to Jesus and delight in the hope of the Resurrection. Try and set aside some time (I will too) and do one or a few of the 7+ activities for Easter. Have fun!
Does your family have a favorite Easter activity? Do share. 🙂