Updated on April 10, 2017
Easter is an awesome time for families. Egg hunts, bunny brunches, colorful crafts to brighten our homes – the season is chock-full of fun. But as we get ready for Easter, let’s remember to prepare our hearts as well as our homes.
In this post, I’ll share nine fun and easy ways to prepare your family for Easter. You’ll also discover some FREE downloads to enhance their biblical learning. Choose what you like and make them part of your Easter traditions.
9 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Easter
Easter is an amazing holiday, and one that stands out from the crowd. Why? Because to experience true joy on Easter, we must understand the hard truth of God’s sacrifice (John 3:16).
Here are nine fun and easy ways to prepare your family this holiday season. Simple things to do now so you’ll be ready to receive His grace on Easter morning.
1. Easter Devotions
Start a week before Easter, and schedule some family time to read the Bible together. Begin with 1 Corinthians 15, and then add other verses about the resurrection. It’s a good way to unite the family around a specific verse or passage of Scripture.
Bible journals and devotions can spur family discussions. If you need guidance, LifeWay Kids updated their free Easter devo guide for 2017.
The FREE download can help your family study the Bible together and understand the resurrection better. Here’s what you’ll find in the new version:
- Short daily devotions
- Bible verses and references
- Prayers to recite together
- Biblical learning guides
2. Easter Eggs
Resurrection eggs are a fun way to share the Easter story with your children. Make the eggs yourself, or buy a carton from Nest Learning.
For the do-it-yourself project, fill an empty egg carton with a dozen plastic Easter eggs. Open each container and insert a Bible verse, Easter symbol, or kid-friendly Bible lesson.
Focus on the Family has FREE downloads for you – five mini-lessons just for Easter. Print them out and read them with your children.
“[Kids] need to know that dying was Jesus’ reason for living,” wrote Tim Sanford, a member of Focus on the Family’s counseling team. They need to know about His death, burial, AND resurrection.
3. Easter Books
Books are always a good idea – at Easter or ANYTIME (once a librarian, always a librarian 😉). Choose books that will enrich your family’s spiritual life. Books that will deepen their understanding of God’s sacrifice, love, and grace.
Older kids could read a missionary biography. Or The Pleasures of God (1991), by John Piper (see the chapter called “God’s Pleasure in Bruising His Son”).
4. Easter Movies
The Passion of the Christ (2004) is a good movie to watch with teenagers or young adults. Jim Caviezel’s portrayal of Jesus in the final hours before His crucifixion is very powerful. But be aware: The film contains graphic, realistic violence not suitable for young children.
For your little ones, consider The Jesus Film (1979) – a project of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). The movie is scripted with words from the Bible. View the original, or visit the Cru film library and watch The Story of Jesus for Children (2000).
Do you like classic movies as much as I do? Here are some good ones to watch with your family (listed in alphabetical order by title):
- Barabbas (1961)
- Ben Hur (1959)
- The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
- King of Kings (1961)
- The Robe (1953)
- The Ten Commandments (1956)
5. Easter Songs
Kids love music. And studies show that music can boost memory and learning. To prepare your family for Easter, fill your home and car with Easter songs.
Introduce your family to classic hymns like “The Old Rugged Cross.” Or display this decorative piece in your home as a reminder of God’s love and grace.
6. Easter Art
The Bible has had a remarkable influence on Western art. In fact, the passion of Christ (the story of His final days), is one of the most-portrayed subjects in art history. Many of these portrayals are quite powerful.
If you live in the city, take your family to an art museum. At this time of year, you might find collections of religious art. If you can’t visit a local museum, tour the great art museums online. Two good examples: the Louvre and the Vatican Museums.
7. Easter Crafts
Children are not abstract thinkers. They learn by watching, listening, seeing, and doing. Craft projects give them concrete images that provide a bridge to abstract concepts.
Ministry-to-Children offers a number of parent-teacher resources that minister to kids. Visit their Easter resource page for FREE Easter craft ideas. You’ll find instructions for paper crafts, resurrection eggs, painted crosses, and more.
8. Easter Recipes
Are your kids hopping around the house, just waiting for Easter to arrive? Enlist their help in the kitchen – making treats for the holiday table.
Super Simple Holiday Cookies has fun kitchen ideas for Easter and other holidays.
Or visit the DLTK family of websites. They have a page of Bible recipes for kids. One to try: Easter Story Cookies, which reinforces the story of Christ’s death and resurrection.
9. Easter Service Projects
Did you enjoy these fun and easy ways to prepare your family for Easter? My last tip involves Christian service projects. First, read John 13 together; then decide how your family can bless others in your community.
One year, my family participated in a foot washing service at a local church. Another time, we served holiday dinners to residents of a homeless shelter. Maybe your family could visit a children’s hospital and spend time with the kids there.
And Now, Over to You
Thank you for reading my post. Now it’s YOUR turn to chime in. How do you prepare your family for Easter? What new thing will you try this year?
I would love to hear about your Easter traditions. Let’s fill the comments with friendly conversation.
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