Easter is only a month away, and I thought now would be a good time to share something that’s on my heart. It’s important to me that my kids know and understand the true meaning of Easter. Not the egg hunt and chocolate bunny stuff. The real stuff–that Jesus died on a cross and rose again for them. That Easter is a celebration of God’s amazing love for us.
We’ve had this set of Resurrection Eggs for several years. It’s one of the best and most engaging ways to teach the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Each set contains a dozen eggs, and for the 12 days leading up to Easter, you get to walk through the resurrection story. It includes a lesson book with short passages and scripture. Then, it introduces a symbol that goes along with the story. Each day, the kids get to open the corresponding egg to reveal the symbol (a crown of thorns, praying hands, donkey, rooster, and others).
We started this tradition when my babies were 1, 3 and 5. They take turns opening the eggs (and sometimes forgetting whose turn it is, and then arguing about it). It’s something they still ask about and look forward to, and it makes this mama’s heart so very happy.
You simply cannot teach your kids about Easter without a Bible. All of these Bibles are kid-friendly, with beautiful illustrations and engaging translations.
The Jesus Storybook Bible is our family favorite, and it’s the one we use most often. They’ve just released a special 10th anniversary edition that would make a wonderful gift.
The Beginner’s Bible is perfect for pre-school aged kids. The Jesus Calling Bible Storybook contains really simple versions of the Bible stories, along with a mini-devotional (much like the beloved adult version). The NIV Adventure Bible is the most “traditional” one of the bunch, but it’s great for elementary-aged kids and beyond. This is the same Bible Sutton and Ella use now.
My mister and I read to our kids every night before bed, and this time of year, we start incorporating the Easter story into these cuddle sessions. I cry every time I read about Jesus’ crucifixion. And then my babes remind me, “But, Mama, wait. That’s not the end of the story.” What a joyous thing. The story doesn’t end there.
Daily dialogue about “God stuff” is so important. My biggest prayer for each of my children is that they would always know God, serve Him, and share His love with others. So, we talk about God a lot, and we pray a lot. We pray every morning in the car on our way to school. We pray every night before bed, and often in between those times.
With each prayer, we thank God for the gift of His Son Jesus and that because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we live each day with hope and the promise of eternal life. We thank God for that miracle and for a love so great we can’t even comprehend it.
At this point, my kids understand the Easter story, but it’s easy for them (and for all of us) to get caught up in the commercial version of Easter. That’s why conversations like this are also important:
- KIDS: “Mom, I need to bring plastic eggs with candy to school next week for our egg hunt!”
- ME: “Great! Let’s go to Target this afternoon, and you can pick out what you want. You know Easter isn’t really about candy and eggs, right?”
- KIDS: “Mom, I can’t wait to see what the Easter Bunny brings me this year!”
- ME: “I’m sure it will be good, but do you remember why we celebrate Easter?”
- KIDS: “Mom, do we really have to wake up super early again to go to the sunrise service on Easter?”
- “Yes. Jesus died on a cross for your sins. Getting up early is nothing compared to that.”
I love this time of year. I love that Easter is a time of celebration and hope. Although Jesus’s death was horrible and cruel, His resurrection on Easter Sunday is a continual source of joy. I hope you let this truth sink in for you today.
If you have other ideas for teaching kids about Easter, I’d love to hear them. Leave a comment or send me an email–I always try to respond quickly.
And if you’re looking for ideas to fill those Easter baskets, I have lots of ideas about that in THIS post.
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