Easter

Simple Easter Activities for Families

With the flip of the Calendar, I instantly started planning for Easter.  We are hosting this year so I am thinking of the menu and all the fun things we love to do to celebrate including dying eggs, my mom’s money egg hunt (instead of candy, she slips some money inside including $20’s) and Easter baskets.
We also enjoy doing some fun activities leading up to Easter that help us meditate on Jesus’ resurrection and the hope we have in Him so I thought I would share 5 of our favorites today in case you want to try them with your family.

Resurrection Rolls Recipe

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here… 
Mark 16:6
My kids request these year-round.  Resurrection rolls are so good and so simple, they make a perfect after-school snack, dessert or are perfect for your Easter breakfast.
Supplies Needed:
muffin tin, non-stick spray, crescent rolls, marshmallows, cinnamon, sugar, butter, and a pastry brush.
Directions:

Have your kids unroll the crescent rolls onto the cutting mat.  Then add 1 marshmallow to each crescent roll and roll back up, covering the marshmallow completely.  It should look like a dough ball.  Don’t pinch too tightly or they won’t be able to see inside when baked! 

Melt butter in the microwave and mix together 1/2 T cinnamon and 1/4 C sugar in a bowl for the topping.

Once, the marshmallow is encased in the dough brush on the melted butter roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray and then place the finished dough balls in the greased muffin pan.  Bake per crescent roll directions.  It should be about 9-11 minutes at 350 degrees.

Serve warm for breakfast, an after-school snack or dessert.  You might want to double the batch, they will go fast!

 

Conversation Starter  –
While making the crescent rolls, share how Jesus died on the cross and they placed him in a tomb, then 3 days later they came back and he was not there.  The tomb was empty.  The marshmallow loosely represents Jesus 😉 and when they bake, He is gone.  The tomb is empty!  His death and resurrections mean eternal life for us when we trust in Him.  (Read John 19-20)

Cross Canvas

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8
 
Supplies Needed:

painters tape, craft paint of your choice, sponge brushes for each color, canvases, wax paper to protect counter, paper plates for paint.

Help your child to cut and place the painter’s tape on the canvas. It might bubble up a bit, just press firmly on to the canvas.  If paint bleeds a little, you can retouch or go over first with white paint to seal tape.

 

Have your child decided on their colors and squirt onto a paper paint and then use 1 sponge brush per paint color.  Apply 1 coat and allow to dry, come back and do additional coats and decorate as desired.

Pro Tip – If you want to save your sponge brushes, place them in a sealable Ziploc bag and store in the fridge until the next use.    We hung the canvases with these command strips in the kids’ bedrooms.

 

Possible Conversation Starter-

As you are completing the craft, you can talk about why Jesus died on the cross.  You can read Romans 5:8 and discuss how Jesus laid down His life for us by dying on the cross.  He did that for all people, you and I included.  Talk about what sin is and what Jesus’ death on the cross means for us.

 

Sowing Seeds

But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it.
Matthew 12:23a

Supplies needed:
Topsoil or garden soil, seed packets of your choice, dixie cups, 13 x 9 pan, popsicle sticks or clothespins to label, and water.
Allow the kids to cultivate the soil by hand, mixing it and getting rid of any big clumps!  Then have them fill as many cups as you would like 2/3 full of dirt and place in the pan.
Next place the seeds on a paper towel and them stick their index finger into the soil to the first knuckle.  Based on the seed packet instruction, sow the amount listed.  We did 2-3 sunflower and cucumber seeds per cup and a sprinkle of the basil seeds (they are tiny!).

 

Then have the kids fill in the hole gently with dirt and carefully water each cup.  Add the labeled clips to each row.  Then place in an area that receives sunlight.  Water every 2-3 days.  Keep caring for them until they are ready to plant in the garden or the weather permits!
Conversation Starter – 
As you sow seeds, talk about how God works in our life.  We are the soil and He gives us faith.  If we are good soil, our faith grows with the living water he gives us.  You can talk about the parable of the 4 soils in Luke 8:4-21 and also talk about how Jesus is the vine and we are the branches in John 15:1-7.  Ask your kids what kind of soil they want to be?

Growing New Vegetables from the Old Science Experiment

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  
2 Cor. 5:17

 

Supplies Needed:
Celery stalk base (3-4 inches), lettuce base, a small bowl of water and sun.
Directions:
Place the base of the celery stalk and lettuce into the water and place in a window.  Observe over the next several days how the vegetables begin to grow.  Add fresh water every 2-3 days.
For additional fun –
Add food coloring to the water to see how the water travels through the plant.  Simply place a few drops of blue or red food coloring in the water and watch the water travel up the plant to the leaves over the course of a few days.
Conversation Starter –
Talk with your kids about how Jesus is our living water (John 4:14 — but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”)  You can read the full story of the woman at the well in John 4 and  Jesus’ promise of living water in John 7.
When we ask Him into our hearts, He helps us to grow and become new.  Just like the plant needs water and sun to live. We need a SON and living water to live well.  If you add the food coloring, you can also show your kids how God is within us, just like the food coloring.  He gifts us with the Holy Spirit upon salvation.

Resurrection Eggs

My kids can hardly wait to start.  This year (2019) start on April 10th.  These are a great way to walk your kids through the final days of Jesus’ life.  Each day you open an egg as a family that has a symbol/prop that illustrates what was going on.  You also read a devotion and accompanying scripture.  There are questions you can discuss as a family as you remember the great sacrifice Jesus made for each of us.

My kids love to open up each previous egg and quickly review what they have already learned.  We do this activity as part of our bedtime routine leading up to Easter.

Fun and Simple Easter Activities

 My kids are already asking when we can start the Resurrection eggs and make Resurrection Rolls.  Those have become treasured traditions in your home and they are so simple!  A perfect accompaniment to the other favorites that we also love to do like dying Easter eggs, Easter egg hunts and putting out our Easter baskets for the Easter bunny.   Wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter.

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Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.
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