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Easter Eggs & Other Traditions

I shared last week that our family would be doing Noel Piper’s Lenten Lights devotional during Holy Week. Our kids are loving it! I send them to their room each night while I light the appropriate number of candles and turn off all the other lights in the living room. Then I call them out and we look at the candles (how some are dark and some are lit) and read the devotional.

We are going to have an Easter egg hunt on Saturday with some friends, and I’ve been thinking about how I wanted to introduce the idea to the kids. I plan to have some plastic eggs filled with candy, some filled with change, and some that are empty. After they find all the eggs and we discover what’s inside, I will share verses about related to what was inside the eggs.

  • For the eggs with candy: For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. (Psalm 107:9)
  • For the eggs with change: …Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:3)
  • For the empty eggs: He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. (Matthew 28:6)

I have come across some other good ideas for celebrating the Resurrection with children, and wanted to pass them along!

Make Your Own Resurrection Eggs {@ teachkidsthebible.com}

Easter Story Cookies Recipe {@ Annie’s Home Page}

Resurrection Rolls {@ caffeine and a prayer}

6 Good Things to Do with Your Kids for Easter {@lifeasmom}

Resurrection Day Activities {@ heartofthematteronline}



Holy Week with Kids

As a family, we do a Jesse Tree for Advent, and I’ve wanted to develop some traditions for our children around Resurrection Sunday. I like doing “spring baskets” full of goodies, coloring eggs, and hunting for hidden eggs, but I don’t want these to be the extent of our celebrations this time of year. (And I like to do those things on a different day than Resurrection Sunday… last year we did all of the “secular” traditions the Saturday before Easter.)

Noel Piper has written a devotional called Lenten Lights, that we are going to use this week during our family devotions. I found a seven-candle-holder at IKEA this week, and it’s perfect for using with Lenten Lights!

Tonight we will begin with seven candles lit, and read the first devotional. At the end of the reading, one of the candles will be snuffed out to symbolize the Light of the World growing dimmer. Each night one more candle will be extinguished until all the candles are dark on Good Friday– when the Light of the World was “snuffed out”. The candles will all be relit on Resurrection Sunday when the Light was back! What a great visual for children as we learn about Christ’s death and resurrection!

What do you do this time of year to teach your children about Easter?