Friday, March 27, 2015

10 Great Ideas for Making Easter Memorable for Children!



Easter is an important event in the Christian's life. It is a time that we remember what the Lord Jesus did for us, His sacrifice, His death, and His resurrection. We know the story good and well--but how do we teach it to our children in a meaningful and memorable way that makes sense to them?

First off, one of the very most important ways is just to read them the story through the Bible itself. Easy and simple and don't forget to start a discussion, especially if your children are old enough to understand it. You can even get them a Children's Bible to read through to make it easier.

But many of you have small children or grandchildren so I thought I would share some neat ways to still share the story and help them to learn the story.Maybe you can share these leading up to Easter or put them in the Easter basket if you make one. Either way I am sure it will be a blessing to them!

One of my favorite books at our house when the children were younger was The Very First Easter:


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It is well illustrated, well written, and great as a read aloud. My children read this for years and really enjoyed looking at all the pictures.

I also like the idea of using toys to help them remember and tried to do this more when I had a lot of children who were smaller. This sparked tons of conversation that we would not probably have had otherwise.  I like this Easter Easter flannel board:

http://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Bible-Supper-Flannelboard-Figures/dp/B0006V565W/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&keywords=the%20last%20supper&linkCode=ur2&qid=1427462904&s=toys-and-games&sr=1-6&tag=awiwobuheho-20&linkId=YJPYPDUPTFUS3RL4"></a><img src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=awiwobuheho-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /




 I also like this Last Supper lego toy:

http://www.amazon.com/Trinity-Toyz-Supper-Building-Block/dp/B00F3J1GJ2/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&keywords=the%20last%20supper%20toy%20trinity%20toys&linkCode=ur2&qid=1427464248&sr=8-1&tag=awiwobuheho-20&linkId=TFUIMYDTNO2JL3VS"></a><img src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=awiwobuheho-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /


 You can find this here and also other toys that might be of interest here.



 Movies are nice too, we have watched this one in the past called The Beginners Bible, The Story of Easter:


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Some children respond greatly to gifts. Giving them jewelry is a great way to remind them about what is taught especially if you tie in the story with it. We like this beautiful girl's cross pendant:

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Or instead of a necklace, bracelet, or ring, you could give them a cross flexiclip  that would make a great reminder and lovely gift for them to wear on Easter Sunday morning from Lilla Rose--, they have them in extra small through extra large sizes:


http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds


(this Opal Maltese style is only available for the next three days but there are other cross styles available on the Lilla Rose website for adults too!)


Easter sticker books can be fun:


http://www.amazon.com/Easter-Sticker-Book-Books/dp/1859859437/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&keywords=easter%20sticker%20books&linkCode=ur2&qid=1427465384&sr=8-13&tag=awiwobuheho-20&linkId=ELUNUOXFOBU7WP3W"></a><img src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=awiwobuheho-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /



We can't forget crafts because crafts are fun! Do you remember last year when I share about A Sense of the Resurrection: An Easter Experience for Families book with easy children's crafts pertaining to the Easter story leading up to the day. It was wildly popular and you can do all the Easter crafts in a day if you want, it is that simple!





http://ohamanda.com/a-sense-of-the-resurrection-an-easter-experience-for-families/?ap_id=junefuentes%22%20target=%22_blank


You can read more of my review last year of it here.

We also try to make an Easter garden every year:


We make three crosses from sticks or branches and a tomb with a rock or log in front that can be rolled away. You can view our post on it here.

Some of you may like to do eggs (we do)--if you do them why not share the story of Easter through them with Resurrection Eggs:


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And if you like filling the baskets, here is a nice chocolate cross and dove egg that is getting harder and harder to find in stores:

http://www.amazon.com/Inspirational-Easter-Candy-Bundle-Chocolate/dp/B00UO6KPL4/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&keywords=easter%20cross%20chocolate&linkCode=ur2&qid=1427466805&sr=8-9&tag=awiwobuheho-20&linkId=EFYNNW2SGXF7VAKB"></a><img src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=awiwobuheho-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /


And finally, if you are gearing up for hosting Easter at your home and need menu or decorating ideas  you can find them at our Pinterest Easter board. Be sure to follow us on while you are there!


https://www.pinterest.com/wisewomanbuilds/




We hope you are blessed by some of these ideas!





WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE WAYS TO TEACH THE TRUE STORY OF EASTER TO YOUR CHILDREN? 




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