Easter is an awesome time for families. Egg hunts, bunny visits, Easter crafts to brighten your home – the season is chock-full of fun. But as we celebrate God’s love and grace, it’s more important to prepare our hearts than our homes.
In this post, I’ll share nine fun and easy ways to prepare your family for Easter. Plus, I’ll tell you about some FREE downloads to enhance their biblical learning. Choose the tips you like, and make them part of your Easter traditions.
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9 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Easter
Easter is an amazing holiday, one that stands out from the crowd. Why? Because to experience the full joy, we must understand the hard truth of God’s sacrifice (John 3:16).
Here are nine fun and easy ways to prepare your family for Easter. Simple things to do this week so you’ll be ready to accept His love and grace on Easter morning.
1. Easter Devotions
Start one week before Easter, and schedule some family time to read the Bible together. Start with 1 Corinthians 15, then add other verses about Jesus Christ’s resurrection. This is a good way to unite your family around a specific Scripture verse or passage.
Bible journals and devotionals can spur family discussions. If you need a little help, LifeWay Kids updated their Easter devotional guide for 2017.
This FREE download will help your family study the Bible together. And everyone will 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 and easy way to share the Easter story with your children. Make the eggs yourself (and let your older kids help you), or order them from Nest Learning.
For the do-it-yourself version, fill an egg cartoon with a dozen plastic Easter eggs. Inside each one, add a scripture verse, Easter symbol, or kid friendly Bible lesson.
Focus on the Family has FREE downloads to get you started – five mini-lessons for Easter. Download them, print them out, and read them with your family.
“[Kids] need to know that dying was Jesus’ reason for living,” wrote Tim Sanford, a Focus on the Family counselor. And they need to know about the resurrection.
3. Easter Books
Read books that will enrich your family’s spiritual life. Books that will deepen their understanding of God’s love, grace, and sacrifice.
For example, consider a missionary biography for older kids. Or something like The Pleasures of God, by John Piper (see the chapter called “God’s Pleasure in Bruising His Son”).
4. Easter Movies
The Passion of the Christ is a great movie to watch with older kids. Mel Gibson’s portrayal of Jesus’ last hours is powerful. But be aware, this movie contains graphic but realistic violence.
I like classic movies, especially the biblical epics. If you like them, too, consider watching these movies with your family:
5. Easter Songs
Kids love music. Fill your home and car with Easter songs. Introduce your children to classic hymns, such as “The Old Rugged Cross.” Or display this decorative piece in your home as a year-round reminder of God’s love and grace.
6. Easter Art
The Bible has had a remarkable influence on Western art. 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 a metropolitan area, visit a local art museum. You may find art that depicts Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, or resurrection. If you live outside the city, visit one of the great art museums online.
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 provides parent and teacher resources that minister to kids. Visit their Easter resource page for FREE Easter craft ideas. You’ll find family fun crafts, resurrections eggs, painted cross projects, and more.
8. Easter Recipes
Are your children hopping around the house waiting for Easter? Let them help with snacks and treats for the holiday table. Super Simple Holiday Cookies has fun ideas for Easter and other holidays.
The DLTK family of websites has a page of Bible recipes for kids. One to try: Easter Story Cookies that reinforce the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
9. Easter Service Projects
Read John 13 together and decide how you can bless others. A few years ago, my family participated in a foot washing service at church. Another time, we served dinners at a homeless shelter. Your family could visit a children’s hospital and spend time with the kids there.
Over to You
Now it’s YOUR turn to chime in. How do you prepare your family for Easter? What new thing will you try this year?
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