I had a minor panic attack the other day. Easter is in just a few days! Where did the time go? I want to teach my kids the true meaning of Easter, to make Jesus the focus of our celebration, but I want to keep it simple and purposeful for their short attention spans. Because, you know, three kids under 3.
No time to worry about elaborate crafts or Pin-spired creations. I just want to use the next few days to introduce the Easter story and plant seeds for important conversations about our Lord’s sacrifice and our need for it. I want to keep it as simple and straight forward as possible.
So for my fellow Jesus-loving, simple-living mamas out there, here are…
11 Simple Ways to Teach Kids the Meaning of Easter:
I love this printable wreath from Wee Little Miracles! It’s a great way to discuss the entire story as you color and assemble.
Happy Home Fairy has some fabulous simple ideas! Check out her printable Easter conversation cards.
I also love these Easter story printables. A great way to add meaning to an
Easter egg hunt.She also had printable resurrection eggs for toddlers (definitely using these).
If you have a preschooler like me, check out these preschool resurrection egg printables from Motherhood on a Dime.
Saving Dollars and Sense has the full set of resurrection eggs as printables for older kids.
LifeTree Family has put together a wonderful packet of info called Out of the Basket. A wonderful list of fun, Hands-on activities to do with kids of all ages.
Take a nature walk! The Unlikely Homeschool has put together these wonderful cards to guide conversation during your walk as a family.
I love Sense of the Resurrection, a devotional experience for families. It’s definitely worth the purchase since the activities and lessons are things you can do year after year as your kids get older. There are twelve days of activities, some can be very complicated, but to keep it simple for little ones, there is also a banner you can make while reading the story. OhAmanda has put together suggestions for a shortened schedule. Here are my suggestiong a shortened version for toddlers and preschoolers using the Beginner’s Bible for Toddlers:
- Day 2 – Printable flag with palm leaves (read The True King on page 139)
- Day 7 – Printable flag with hand (read Jesus is Alive on page 148)
- Day 9 – Printable flag with rocks (read Jesus is Alive on page 148)
- Day 10 – Printable flag with sealed tomb (read Jesus is Alive on page 148)
- Day 11 – Printable flag with angel (read Jesus is Alive on page 148)
If you don’t have a Beginner’s Bible for Toddlers, watch this video on Youtube. It’s a great retelling of the main points of the story for your little ones and even leads into more of the points overed by the Sense of the Resurrection printable banner.
Just before we watched this video, we made these resurrection rolls from Katie’s Crochet Goodies. We were able to eat the rolls and talk about Jesus having risen from the dead!