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Teaching Easter’s True Meaning to Children
I LOVE holidays. When we talk about getting pumped, decorating and coming up with 52379 ways to celebrate, I am your girl! Easter is no exception and now that I have children, I love to spread that cheer with them and witness holidays through their lenses. But it has also made me think about these holidays very differently. I grew up celebrating Jesus at Christmas and Easter and recognized why we have these joyous days to celebrate, but am I always ensuring that my children understand this to its greatest depth also? Have I had moments of glossing over these truths myself and getting swept up in the secularization of these holidays? Dyed eggs, chocolate eggs, egg hunts, etc.?
As we approach Easter these questions start to mull around in my head again. Am I doing enough? Have I prepped my children enough to answer the “Sunday school” questions? Is this all just head knowledge for them or is it landing in their hearts as well?
While I don’t think there is anything wrong with gifting a basket on Easter or dying eggs either naturally or artificially, I need to ask myself why. Is this just something fun we can partake in as an Easter/spring activity or is it replacing the Easter story: God’s ultimate love story?
How can we as parents prepare our hearts and teach Easter’s true meaning to our children?
Talk to your children about WHY we celebrate Easter. There is POWER in the Easter story. While we should be focused on the gospel message year round, there is obviously more talk about it this time of year. Use the weeks leading up to Easter to really hone in on Christ’s death and resurrection. What does it mean for you? for your family? for the world? How should it change the way we interact with others? These are all great questions to dive into with your children.
2. Get in the Word and read about Resurrection Sunday. I will always recommend first and foremost reading the Easter story from a standard Bible. It might be challenging for kids to understand all of it and that’s where I think resources for children from Zondervan are an excellent addition. Here are a couple I recommend: The Beginner’s Bible The Very First Easter has the whole Easter story for kids with wonderful pictures. The Beginner’s Bible 365 Devotions for Kids has a whole section devoted to the Easter story. Finally, The Beginner’s Bible covers the Easter story from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. I personally love these books and children’s Bible because it conveys the true story while keeping it simple. My kids have enjoyed reading from this Christian book line for a couple years now. (Check out The Beginner’s Bible Amazon storefront here and be sure to head over to their Instagram page and follow along for freebies and other activities!)
3. Create Easter baskets around biblical items. Easter is about the gift of salvation for all. Why not make the gifts you give your children on Easter point back to Christ? Gift them The Beginner’s Bible, a chocolate cross, and a CD of Christian music. The point is to point this back to Christ.
4. Find/create activities leading up to Easter. Do your kids like puzzles, word searches, coloring and stickers? Here are two wonderful activity books to incorporate into this Easter season: The Beginner’s Bible Come Celebrate Easter Sticker and Activity Book and the All About Jesus Sticker and Activity Book. You can use these alongside the books mentioned earlier too as an extension. Get creative and make a paper chain as a countdown to Easter and read a portion of the Easter story everyday. Use Resurrection eggs to give kids a hands-on experience of some of the items found in scripture. Take a nature walk and talk about the new life beginning as you see spring shooting up around you.
6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deut. 6:6-9
I hope these four tips help you get your heart pointed in the right direction and give you some ideas of how to approach this Easter season. God will use you to help mold your children if you only let him. Be clay in the Potter’s hand!