Christ-centered Easter Ideas for Families

One of my best friends recently e-mailed me telling me about her visit to a local children’s toy store. Though Easter decorations and activities were everywhere, she could find nothing reflecting the real meaning of Easter — Jesus Christ!

It seems that the same problem can be found on the internet (and pinterest!). There are so many spring and Easter ideas, but few remind us of Jesus or cause us to reflect on His sacrifice and the hope of His resurrection.

Hopefully these resources will spark your creativity and give you some practical ways to keep Easter centered on Christ. 

Family Devotionals

  • Trail to the Tree – a devotional book for families written by Ann Voskamp (similar to a Jesse Tree for Advent season but this one is for the Lenten season).

Activities and Crafts

    •  Resurrection Eggs – Each egg in this one dozen set includes a meaningful object that helps teach the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. A devotional booklet is included to help you tell the story. {You can also create your own Resurrection Eggs rather than buying them in a package. You can find some ideas on how to do that here, hereor this one from Motherhood on a Dime, which is an adaptation for toddlers and preschoolers!
    • Get a Sense of the Resurrection – Amanda at Impress Your Kids has some great ideas for helping your young children experience the stories of Holy Week through each of the senses. There are lots of great activities here!
    • Make a Grace Garden – a beautiful, creative reminder from Ann. (Check out other variations here and here from Impress Your Kids)
    • The Empty Tomb — a cute and easy craft to represent the empty tomb; this post also has some simple finger plays and rhymes for the little ones.
    • Cross Crafts — lots of different variations on creating a visual reminder of the empty cross
    • Scripture-centered Easter Basket — The ‘Detailed Oriented Diva” shares lots of great suggestions for items to put into an Easter basket. Each corresponds to a specific verse, and she even has printables of each verse for you to print out!

 

Children’s Books

The Legend of the Easter Egg – (from the publisher):

“Featuring the beloved setting and characters from the best-selling Legend of the Candy Cane, this moving story about Thomas and Lucy takes us deeper into the mystery of Christianity. When his older sister Lucy falls sick, Thomas goes to stay with John and Mary Sonneman at their candy store. But all the candy he could desire does not cure Thomas’s aching heart. Only when Mary Sonneman shares with him the story of Easter does he understand the hope he has — and what he can do for his sister.”

The Very First Easter – While dying Easter eggs, a boy, Christopher, wonders about the true meaning of Easter. His father proceeds  to read the story  from the book of Luke, explaining many of Christopher’s questions along the way. The text is written well, but the illustrations are what really stood out to us. This book is better geared toward elementary students rather than preschoolers.

Benjamin’s Box – This book can be used along with the Resurrection Eggs, but can just as easily be read without participating in the Resurrection Eggs. From the publisher:

“When Jesus comes to Jerusalem, Benjamin decides to follow him and find out who he really is. At first, Benjamin thinks Jesus is a teacher, then a king. At last, he learns the good news—news that every child (and grown-up!) will want to share.”

The Parable of the Lily – This is a favorite of my two year old! Not one night has gone by that we have been able to skip it during bed-time reading! Like the title says, it is a parable, a modern day story told to convey a deeper meaning. In it, the main character, Maggie, learns about grace and forgiveness and what Easter is really all about.

Amon’s Adventure – This is one that I have yet to read, but I have heard so many good things about it and the others in the series (for Advent). My understanding is that this book is a bit longer and geared for older kids.

 

Other Books:
A Child’s Story of Easter

Love One Another: The Last Days Of Jesus

The Easter Story

The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale

Easter Bunny, Are You For Real?

An Easter Gift for Me

 

Do you have any favorite traditions or activities to keep Easter focused on Christ? What other ideas would YOU add to this list? 

Looking for More Ideas?

Check out Keeping Easter All About Jesus: Ideas for Families !

Linking up with The Better Mom, These Five of Mine, and Soli Deo Gloria.

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Comments

  1. Love these ideas, Erika! I took the lent readings listed on our former churchs’ website and printed out a picture for each one at clipart.com, mounted and laminted them and put a ribbon through each one to make an ornament. When we do the lent reading for each day, we hang the corresponding ornament on a “tree” (branch we cut from a tree outside). Kind of like the Jesse Tree, but for Lent. The tree sitting on the table is a good reminder each night for us to do our reading and prayer.

  2. http://www.ivycreek.org/ this has the Lent readings

  3. This is a fabulous list Erika! Thank you for the effort it took to put together. I will be using some of these and sharing it with others! Blessings! Kristin

  4. I so feel the same way. I get even more upset when I go to a Christian bookstore and all the Easter books are full of eggs and bunnies!

    Thanks for all the great links (and for linking to me!) :)

    a

    • ugh! I KNOW it!

      At that store, my friend asked if they carried anything that focused on the REAL meaning of Easter and the guy just said, “What’s that? What real meaning are you talking about?” Sad.

      Happy to link to you! Love all that share and how God is using YOU!

  5. So much bigger than the bunny by Tasha Via (a friend) is another good Easter resource. Thanks for the list!

  6. I love that you’re redeeming the holidays! I always appreciate ideas that help us celebrate the true meaning of Easter and Christmas.

    I have a recipe for Easter Resurrection cookies. Each ingredient represents a part of the Easter story, with Scripture to read as kids put the cookies together.

    Thanks for all your great ideas. God Bless!!

  7. This is so brilliant. I spent hours when our girls were young looking for fun meaningful ways to celebrate the holiday. You have done the work for us and such creative ideas. I am going to link it to my facebook page, if you don’t mind.

    Strong work.

  8. Great, great, great ideas. And…I love the new site!

  9. What a great round-up of ideas! And thanks for including Happy Home Fairy in the mix – an honor! Happy Easter to you and your Happy Home. :-)

  10. Thank you for sharing this devotional I can’t wait to recieve my copy. i just subscribed yesterday. When is the next email coming? Also wanted to add that I tried to grab your button to put on my blog but it will not let me copy it. I didn’t know if you knew that or not. Thank you!

    God Bless you!
    Adrienne

    Blessings and Grace to you

  11. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas!

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