What are your favorite Easter traditions? There are so many great Easter traditions that families can participate in that will keep Christ at the center. One way to do this is to take each day of Easter week and do something special for that day. This allows you to focus on Christ in a way that allows everyone to experience Jesus on the cross and His resurrection. Here are three great activities/ideas for Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Easter week.
Good Friday – Jelly Bean Prayer Jar
Your children will love receiving a gift of a Jelly Bean prayer jar. Fill up a jar with Jelly Beans of the assorted colors and attach a poem for what each color stands for (Sample below). This will be a great reminder of what Christ did for us as they enjoy their treats.
Red is for the blood He gave.
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for the sun so bright.
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made.
White is for the grace He gave.
Purple is for His hour of sorrow.
Pink is for a new tomorrow.
And handful of jelly beans,
Colorful and sweet,
Is a prayer, a promise,
A loved one’s treat!
Holy Saturday – Invite A Guest
A great way to make the Easter message stand out to your children is to hear the Easter message from someone other than you. Why not use Saturday morning to invite a guest over for coffee, orange juice and donuts/bagels. You can ask this friend to share what Easter means to them. You will be amazed how God sets up the perfect people and message for this time of sharing. A different voice with your kids around your living room or dining room table will make Easter more special and memorable for you also! Make this a yearly tradition and you’ll remember all of the people that shared with you on Holy Saturday over the years.
Resurrection Sunday – Easter Basket with Bible Story book
Many families have the tradition of giving their little ones an Easter basket to start off Sunday morning. Candy and Easter clothes are typical ways to fill the basket. While these are just fine, the basket gives an opportunity for a “special” gift that will remind your kids about the reason for the celebration. A perfect addition to the basket to make it special and significant is a Bible or kids Bible story book. These Bible stories are a wonderful way to mark a special event like Easter. As they read or are read the stories in the future, they will remember that Easter was the day they got this special gift!
God Loves Me, My First Bible
The God Loves Me, My First Bible contains simple, rhyming verse about Bible characters and God’s love for his children.
Go Wild! Bible Stories for Little Ones
Get little ones excited about the stories of the Bible with Go Wild! Bible Stories for Little Ones, full of fun illustrations, bold colors, and interactive prompts for parent and child to do together.
Once Upon a Time Bible for Little Ones
The Once Upon a Time Bible for Little Ones features eight inspiring stories from the Bible, including tales of the baby in the basket, the birth of Jesus, and the boy that helped feed thousands. Each story is written to engage and excite your little one.
God’s Little Lambs, My First Bible
A collection of eight Bible stories told at a very basic level for the young child, enhanced with adorable illustrations that emphasize the lamb theme.