Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Twelve Days of Easter

Easter Egg Hunt 2013

I've thought a lot in years past about how I can make Easter more emphasized--
particularly taking the opportunity to focus my children's attention
on the Atonement of Jesus Christ
and its vital role in our lives and the eternities.
I am also interested in teaching about each day
of the last week of the Savior's life.

While there are many Easter activities and crafts available to do with children,
it is somewhat difficult to find activities that maintain the sacred nature of Easter.
I love activities that focus on symbols
and that do not turn the sufferings and resurrection of Jesus Christ
into something trite or "cutesy."

So this year I've decided to create "The Twelve Days of Easter" for our family.
Our activities are:
Make Easter cards for loved ones
Visit our friend in the nursing home
Make empty tomb cookies
Sing Easter songs
Discuss the Easter symbols with visual aids
Food coloring/bleach demonstration
Dye Easter eggs
Have a typical ancient Jewish dinner
Read Easter library books
Easter egg hunt
Watch "To This End Was I Born"
Read the Easter Story

I'm hoping to make the days and weeks leading up to Easter more involved as time goes on,
but this at least gives us something to start with this year.

Does anyone have ideas to add to my list?

2 comments:

  1. For the week before Easter, the Friend this month has a great countdown with songs and scriptures and stories. We also like to use the Church's Bible Videos each night in family scripture study - we watch the video of what He did that day and read and talk about it. It really helps the kids understand the last week of the Savior's life.

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  2. Thanks for those ideas! I hadn't seen that part of the Friend yet. And I love the idea of incorporating Bible Videos into our study.

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