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Meaningful Easter Traditions for Kids

I LOVE celebrating Easter – the Resurrection of Jesus my Savior and Lord!   Here are some of our spiritual – and not so spiritual traditions!

First, the not so spiritual…matching clothes. I have no idea why I ever started this tradition but I started it and I guess I’ll do it until the kids complain. Lol!

Easter Collage

So you may wonder, what’s the clothing plan for this year…the theme is navy and yellow (as a Buckeye fan this poses a minor problem for my husband but he’s cooperating 😉 ). The color choice is based off of Lexi’s Easter dress below:

Easter clothes 2015

Now for what REALLY matters!  

Meaningful Easter Traditions for Kids.  These are my favorite (from the archives)!!!

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Our Easter Traditions include:

Easter Breakfast – Resurrection Rolls

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Every year we make these Resurrection Rolls on Easter Morning for Breakfast – they are quick, easy and taste great!
These are so fun because when the rolls are done baking – they are empty inside…
JUST like Jesus’ tomb!

You need just 5 ingredients: crescent rolls, marshmallows, sugar, cinnamon and butter

 

Give each child one triangle shaped section of crescent roll.

This represents the tomb.

 

 

Each child takes one marshmallow.

This represents the body of Christ.

 

Dip the marshmallow in the butter and roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture.
This represents the oils and spices the body was anointed with upon burial.

Lay the marshmallow on the dough and carefully wrap it around the marshmallow.

 

Make sure all seams are pinched together well. (This is a REALLY important step! Otherwise the marshmallow will “ooze” out of the seams)

Bake according to package directions.

Cool.

Break open the tomb and the body of Christ is no longer there!!

Celebrate God’s love! 

 

Another tradition is:

Easter Story Cookies

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 A few years ago my sister gave me this recipe. This is a great way to share the truth of God’s word in an interesting and meaningful way with your children and grandchildren!

Ingredients:
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
tape
Bible

Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important to do before you start the mixing)

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Romans soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16. 

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.

GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the Oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9.
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Easter is about so much more than bunnies and chocolate eggs. Make a memory with your children as you teach them about the amazing sacrifice of our Savior.

 And Finally:

Resurrection Eggs

 One of my favorite activities to do with the children leading up to Easter are Resurrection Eggs which can be purchased at your local Christian bookstore, amazon.com and last year I saw them at Walmart!

The store bought Resurrection Eggs come with a booklet and a story for each egg BUT these can also be homemade! A few years ago some women in our church made homemade sets of these eggs and gave them out to all the children in Sunday School. Wasn’t that lovely of them!!! You could do this too! Here’s what you need:
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Supplies:
1 dozen plastic Easter eggs
an egg carton
the items listed below

Directions: Fill each egg with the item listed (or a picture of the item) and a print-out of the corresponding scripture(number the eggs). Place the eggs in the decorated egg carton. Open and experience the eggs together with your children.

1. (Bread – crouton) Matthew 26:26 While they were eating Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples. “Take and eat it,” He said, “This is My body.”

2. (Coins) Matthew 26: 14-15 Then one of the twelve disciples, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and asked, “What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him.

3. (Purple cloth, representing a purple robe) Mark 15:17 They put a purple robe on Jesus. . .


4. (Thorns or toothpick)Matthew 27:29 Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on His head, and put a stick on His right hand; then they knelt before Him and made fun of Him. “Long live the King, of the Jews!” they said.

5. (Scourge-a small piece of rope or thick string)Mark 15:15 Pilate wanted to please the crowd, so he set Barabbas free for them. Then he had Jesus whipped and handed Him over to be crucified.

6. (Cross) John 19: 17-18a He went out, carrying His cross, and came to “The Place of the Skull,” as it is called. (In Hebrew it is called “Galgotha.”) There they crucified Him.

7. (Nails) John 20:25b Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the scars of the nails in His hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in His side, I will not believe.”

8. (Sign)Luke 23:38 Above Him were written these words: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

9. (Sponge) Matthew 27:48 One of them ran up at once, took a sponge. He filled it with vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.

10. (Spear)John 19:34 One of the soldiers plunged his spear into Jesus’ side, and at once blood and water poured out.

11. (Rock)Matthew 27:59-60 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and placed it in his own new tomb, which he had just recently dug out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb and went away.

12. (Empty)Matthew 28:6 He is not here He has risen just as He said.

 My favorite part of these eggs is watching the kids as they listen and take it into their hearts. This is a great tool for sharing the gospel with unsaved children or for leading your own child to the Lord.
Ps. 34:3 “O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”

Walk with the King,

**Chime In**

 Do you have a fun Easter tradition?  Feel free to share your ideas in the comment section too!

 

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10 Comments

  1. We also do the cordinating outfits, and I am not sure why this is a must on Easter! My kids love resurrection eggs, and I am thinking about making some homemade ones to give out as gifts!

  2. You have not aged!! 🙂 We have done some of these crafts for Easter and it’s so much fun. This year a sweet lady in our neighborhood hide some golden eggs filled with coupons/gift cards around the neighborhood. It gave our family a good excuse to go for a walk and hunt for an egg after dinner tonight! I thought it was such a sweet idea to do that for other kids/families at Easter time!!
    Cooking Up Faith
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  3. We’re Columbus Buckeyes and I can say I KNOW my husband when I tell you that he would not allow us to wear maze and blue (or a derivative thereof) together. Maze or blue would be acceptable, but never together. Ever 🙂

    Love the resurrection rolls. Cute!

  4. We also make resurrection rolls on Easter morning! And we start our morning with ” He is Risen!” (and hopefully my kids are awake enough to answer “He is risen indeed!”) <— I was not raised with this tradition but I love it. And a question, Courtney: how do you get your little girl's curls to curly? I cannot for the life of my get my little girl's hair to hold the curl. Blessings for your holy week!

    1. Hi Lisa,

      You asked about Lexi’s curls – those were from pink sponge curlers that she slept in. 😉

      Have a great Resurrection Sunday!
      Courtney

  5. Love the colors this year!! I coordinate my boys but that’s about as far as we go with clothes. The boys love the Resurrection Eggs, too. God bless your family! We are thankful for your service and sacrifice for this group. It is having an impact on eternity!

  6. I LOVE the many traditions you encourage us to cultivate as wives and mothers, especially at Easter! Thank-you for being a blessing to me and my marriage!!

  7. I do all these with my girls as well. I was wondering what kind of dishes you have. Love the beautiful white plate

  8. We always match too. 🙂 We used to match for church every Sunday but once we entered the teen years we had some refusal. 😉 I’ve got them convinced to at least humor me for Easter and Christmas. We also love the resurrection rolls and do the resurrection eggs.

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