My childhood was filled with experiences of egg hunts on Easter morning, a church service where we would sing familiar Resurrection songs and a pretty table full of delicious food that we ate while spending time with family. They were sweet times and make for cherished memories!
However, our children won’t be celebrating this holiday quite the same way I did. Now that my husband and I and our kids will be hosting most holidays ourselves due to family changes and moving a distance away from my family, we are beginning our own traditions! We’ve decided one of these traditions is to let our kids enjoy Easter baskets and egg hunts while tying in our Christian faith to help keep us focused on the aspect of this holiday that is celebrated by the church.
Some Christians refer to this holiday as Easter and some prefer to call it Resurrection Sunday! Whether or not you fill an actual basket, this is a really wonderful time of year where a lot of great resources are available to help your children understand more of Jesus’ death and resurrection and His love for them!
I wanted to share with you the items we’ve put in our children’s baskets throughout the years, a few new ones we will be adding this time around and some additional ideas that just look like they’d be great for kids while keeping them focused on Christ! :)
A Royal Easter Story (The Princess Parables)
The Story of Easter (great board book for toddlers and babies!)
The Legend of the Easter Robin (Recommended for ages 7 and up due to some strong crucifixion imagery in the storyline)
For Kids Ages 8-12:
Imagination Station Books from Focus on the Family – Time traveling back to Bible times with great spiritual truths throughout!
Trailblazer Books – Stories of Christian Heroes
How a Spider Saved a Man’s Life by Tony Hutter devotional book
Wooden Eggs Craft Kit – I love these Wooden Easter Eggs that come with paint–they would be great for painting with Christian symbols and using for decorating in future years!
Lego Springtime Scene (not directly Christian, but a unique addition to your child’s Lego collection)
36 Piece Easter Glitter Stickers (great for Sunday school kids or as a fun extra!)
Inspirational Bible Verse Coloring Book – excellent for older kids–especially my 7 year old who loves detailed coloring!
Not an activity, but this Beaded Cross Bracelet is so pretty!
Videos and Music
Seeds Family Worship CDs – Some of our favorite Christian music, with the words straight from Scripture! Great for kids (and adults) of all ages!
What’s in the Bible: Jesus is the Good News – Very solid, Bible based videos with some good humor mixed in!
For Kids Ages 8 and up:
Adventures in Odyssey Audio Stories on CD – Our 10 year old son’s favorite Biblical stories with lots of adventure mixed in!
Brinkman Adventures Audio Stories on CD – My 7 year old listens to these each night before bed! There is some suspense but nothing that should be frightening to kids this age and up.
If you’d like to incorporate some Scriptural resources even before Resurrection Sunday, here are a couple of ideas we love.
Resurrection Eggs – You can DIY a set of Resurrection Eggs, but this year I just went ahead and ordered this set (our homemade set got lost in the move). I love supporting a Christian business like Dayspring anyway!
A fabulous, unique resource that teaches the death and resurrection of Christ by using the five senses! (Written by the author of Truth in the Tinsel, if you’ve ever done that!). You can get 20% off this downloadable resource by using code PURPOSEFULMOM at checkout! (click the image below to buy or find out more)
This is a long book, great for older children that can be read in the weeks (or days if you’re willing to read a bit more) leading up to Easter Sunday.
Looking for more ideas? Check out 5 Lenten Devotionals for Families!
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