– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
Easter will soon be here … with its frilly baskets, chocolate-covered Easter eggs, and the Bunny Rabbit himself.
Of course Easter is much more than these things. Now is a great time to sit down with the kids and grandkids and talk about the real reason we celebrate this holiday: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
One way to do this is by going through a set of FamilyLife’s Resurrection Eggs. These plastic eggs contain small objects that represent Christ’s crucifixion (the 12th egg is actually empty, representing the empty tomb). Pops and I share these with our grandchildren year after year. As a matter of fact, we just mailed a set yesterday to our out-of-town grandkids.
Of course, there are lots of Easter crafts that we can do with children. What’s one of your favorites? Here are some that I discovered on the Internet (for both the younger and older crowds):
How to make Pompom Sheep: This cute critter will be an Easter favorite.
Egg chickens: These adorable chicks have felt features.
Paper-Napkin Decoupage Eggs: This creative idea uses stylized patterns from paper napkins.
Peeps Easter Place Card: You’ll need a package of Peeps for this fun craft.
Now if you have long-distance grandkids, nieces or nephews, you could mail them supplies for an Easter craft such as Egg Chickens. Send directions, plastic eggs, and felt. Then ask the kids to send you a picture of their completed chicks.
And for the grandparents out there (and really, parents too), The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart has some great Easter ideas. Here’s one of them: Put a special gift for Easter in the bottom of a shoebox (engraved Bible, piece of jewelry with a cross, CD of Christian songs, etc.). Wrap the lid and bottom separately with white wrapping paper. Put a beautiful bow on the top. Tell your grandchild [or child] that you have a gift for her and ask if she will accept it. Of course most kids will say “Yes!” Explain that salvation is like this—it’s a gift that God freely offers but one that we must accept.
And finally, one of my all time favorites—bake some Resurrection cookies. The cookies are hollow! What a perfect treat to make as a family the night before Easter!
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Would you like some creative ideas listed by month that can help you connect with your kids or grandkids? Check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart by Nancy Downing and Mary May Larmoyeux.