Written By: Tayler Cathrine
This year I want to be more intentional with my kids about Easter. I still have younger kids BUT I don’t
want my kids to lose the meaning behind Easter. It’s easy with all of the Easter egg hunts and bunny
pictures. Don’t get me wrong, we do these things, I just want to make sure the meaning is not lost. So if
you are like me and want to have some ideas of how to have it Christ-centered or just some fun ideas,
here are some things I have found.
1) My church offered an 8-day devotion from Palm Sunday to Easter. I have been reading this with
my kids. Technically, you’re behind one day but don’t let that stop you from starting today.
2) In conjunction with this devotion, here is a great sermon explaining a lot of history and showing
you historical artifacts that support the timeline of Biblical events. Sermon: https://calvaryphx.com
(THIS IS YOUR DAY 04/10 – SPEAKER: J. MARK MARTIN)
3) We still do an Easter egg hunt and this year I found pre-filled eggs at the 99 cent
store!!! PRE-FILLED ya’ll!!!! WINNING!!!
4) We like to fill some SPECIAL eggs each year. I didn’t want to just put money in them or have
one golden egg BUT be more intentional. I found cross Easter eggs and will be filling them with
these amazing wooden coins. Here is the Etsy link:
5) This idea was shared with our MOPS group.
Easter Rock Hunt Idea:
I thought I’d share this Easter idea with a powerful message, in case anyone is looking for a fun tradition for the kiddos. Feel free to share as well!EASTER Rock Hunt Idea: On Good Friday, kids go on a rock hunt to fill their baskets with rocks. The baskets represent our hearts and the rocks represent sin. As they add rocks to their baskets, we talk about how our baskets are getting so heavy and a burden to carry with all those rocks in it! Sin weighs us down. After we’ve collected all our rocks, we talk about what sins they may represent, (lying, hitting, etc.) Some are big and some are small. Not as a source of condemnation, but to really solidify WHAT sin is (anything we do, say, or even think that displeases God) and that we are ALL sinners.Next, we cover the rocks with a red cloth. You can use anything that you have lying around the house — a red piece of clothing, red construction paper, color a piece of paper all red, etc. (We use red superhero capes! ) The red represents the blood of Jesus that was poured out to cover our sins. Before Jesus was crucified, He explained to His disciples that His blood would be “poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28). We put the baskets away, just like Jesus’ body was put away in a tomb. We wait and watch. Then, on Easter morning, we wake up! Praise music fills the house! Jesus is alive, He rose from the dead! We run to check on our rocks! We find our baskets and the rocks are replaced with good and sweet things. Once the excitement settles a bit, we explain that our rocks or “sins” are gone, and about how Jesus replaced them with love, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and a new life in Him if we choose to accept it. Life with Jesus is sweet! Notice how light the basket is. Our burden of sin is gone. Notice how clean it is. Jesus washes our hearts clean, white like snow. That could never have happened without Jesus’ blood/His death on the cross. Our sins can be FORGIVEN and separated “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). When we put our faith in God, He replaces our hard hearts with new hearts: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26). I’m so glad He didn’t stay dead! He rose the third day! He did that so He can give us good and sweet things… but the BEST thing is a home in heaven with Him forever! We pray and thank God for all He’s done for us! He lives!! (This is NOT my original idea! Please adapt for your family. Praying it’s a blessing!)
6) Here is another devotional option for younger children:
I hope however you choose to celebrate the good news of Jesus that your family is able to reflect and
enjoy your time together!