Easter kind of snuck up on me this year, so I was glad to receive this basketful of ideas from Old Schoolhouse’s Teacher’s Toolbox. I have not had opportunity to check all of these links out, but here they are for your consideration and use.
- Easter is perhaps more significant than Christmas, yet for most families, not much preparation of the heart is done towards its celebration. Let this year be different. Do a family devotion based on the last week of Jesus’ life on Earth with your children. The Holy Week Devotions, by homeschool mom Miiko Gibson from Our Grace Journey, highlights a major event each day of the Holy Week. Each reading starts with relevant scripture, a suggested hymn, and a key verse. This is followed by the devotional and thoughts for personal application. A fun and interesting activity is also included after each reading. For older children extra insights are given for reflection and discussion. (This resource is only available until the end of March!)
- Instead of the usual Easter eggs, try making some Resurrection Eggs for the kids to open each day, which can bring more meaning and depth to Easter. Go to rainbowcastle.org to find out how.
- Spend time in the kitchen learning about the risen Savior by making Resurrection Cookies from annieshomepage.com.
- Christianitytoday.com offers family activities to do together the week prior to Easter Sunday.
- Try this Clay Pot Jesus Craft from Kaboose.com and these neat craft ideas from apples4theteacher.com and shirleys-preschool-activities.com.
- Children can experience the joy of Easter through these plays, skits, and puppet scripts through teacherhelp.org. Also, check out their coloring pages for kids here and some worksheets, word searches, and crossword puzzles here.
- Send Easter greetings to loved ones from americangreetings.com.
- Kids can print and color an Easter bookmark here.
- Learn about the Bible Feast of Passover at About.com.
- Easter lilies are very popular this time of year. Be sure to read about them here and check out these beautiful photos from akidsphoto.com.
- Try the story starters and poetry links from Spring Muses at storyit.com.
- Kids can come up with their own crossword puzzle with words and clues reflecting Easter here.
- Did you know that there is a plant called the “Resurrection Plant”? Wikipedia offers details here, and you can also read about them at resurrectionplant.org.