If you are anything like me, sometimes holidays sneak up on me. I’ll have great intentions of doing a million activities and then, all of a sudden, it’s the week of Easter, and we haven’t started. I’m a bit more on top of things this year with thinking about Easter a week and a couple days ahead.
I thought I’d share some of my favorite last-minute ideas for celebrating Easter with your children (and a few that I hope to remember for next year as well). We are hoping to get to most of these activities in the next week.
- We just bought a really fun Easter countdown from Dayspring. It actually counts down for Christmas and Thanksgiving too. We even remembered to start it 12 days before Easter. There are little cards that go in each box counting down toward the holiday. The boxes are numbered 1-12, and you turn them to start forming a picture after you finish the box. I may even use this countdown for other events or holidays if I get creative enough.
- We have really enjoyed making resurrection rolls for years. Now that our home is gluten-free, the kids will make them with Grandmom while Seth and I are on a date. These are definitely fun and easy to make. Since these rolls use canned crescent rolls and marshmallows, they are also very economical. There are a ton of great instructions for resurrection rolls, but this is the one we used in the past. I like the inclusion of Bible verses in it. With younger children, here’s a “scripted one” for little ones.
- Resurrection cookies are a bit more labor-intensive. My sister-in-law and I did these with our children when they were quite little, but I think it was a bit over their heads. I’ve very excited to do these again this year though because they are GLUTEN-FREE. So, so excited! I just need to add some almonds or pecans to my shopping list. The throw back pictures are from our first try with these cookies 5 years ago. I love Isaiah “taping” the oven (tomb) shut in the middle of the glass. UPDATE: I shared about our failure and triumph in making these cookies here.
For Your Listening Pleasure:
- Grandmom gave the kids A Very Veggie Easter CD a number of years ago. Between the kids learning great Easter hymns and the Easter Bunny Hop, we always have a great time getting out this CD each year. We also love the song about the empty egg reminding us of the empty tomb. The only place I found this CD for sale is as part of A Very Veggie Easter Collection (a 2 DVD, 2 CD collection) but it’s under $10 for all of that. I don’t know anything about the rest of the collection, but we love this CD.
For a Craft:
- You can always make a resurrection garden. One year, a friend planted this one for us, and the kids had a blast finding sticks for the crosses. Another friend of mine used moss so you don’t even have to plant ahead of time. I’m hoping we have time to collect sticks at least. Maybe we’ll make a rock garden version this year.
For Teaching the Easter Story:
So many of these ideas help to teach the story of Easter, but Resurrection Eggs are always a favorite. Our set is pretty beat up at this point. If you don’t have time (or money) to buy one, here’s a paper printable version.
Whatever you do to celebrate Easter with your children, let us not forget the reason for the celebration: Jesus Christ is risen just as He said!
Do you have any favorite activities, books, dvds, or crafts for Easter?