Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Easter Activities, Anyone?

Okay, so Easter was several weeks ago and no one is looking for Easter activities right now.  I started this post awhile ago, but as you can see I got distracted by life and just now finished!  So, let's just pretend for a minute that it's March and we're super duper pumped that Easter is almost here!!!
There are so many fun things to do with the kids during the Easter season, and I think all the signs of spring are such incredible reminders of Christ! 
This year we made these little bird's nests that are extremely easy! You just melt a bag of chocolate chips, then stir in coconut until it becomes the texture you like. Drop little spoonfuls onto a tray and use the back of the spoon to flatten out the middle on each one. Put a few jellybeans in each one for eggs and you have your little nests! I put my tray in the fridge for a little while to make them harden faster.
I shared these verses with the kids that I just love--such a sweet reminder of how He cares for them...

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."  Luke 12: 6-7

"Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young—
a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God." Psalm 84:3

We also had a great time dyeing eggs!  I talked to the kids about how in the beginning the eggs look dull and plain, then after we dye them they are colorful and beautiful.  It's a neat reminder of how before we know Christ our hearts are dull and ugly, but He makes us new and beautiful by giving us His record of righteousness!   

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."  2 Corinthians 5:17

"Then He who sat on the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new.'"  Rev. 21:5

Another tradition we have on Easter morning is making Resurrection Buns!  I can't remember where I first heard the idea, but you can find the directions here: (http://homeparents.about.com/cs/eastercrafts/a/eastertradition.htm).  We've made them with biscuits and crescent rolls and both work well.
We put them in the oven and while they bake we read the story of the resurrection. When the kids bite into them they are empty, just like Jesus' tomb!
I'd love to hear of anyone else's Easter activities (for next year :)  Easter pictures to come...


Allison said...

you are such a great mom- so creative in sharing the Gospel! Love the upsee daisee pj's too!

Amy said...

Hi, Summer! I loved your late Easter blog...thanks for sharing.

And Allison is right...You are creative! Gifted that way, thanks be to God.

Love you, dear sister in Christ.

Amy Hanna

Langleys Mom said...

These are wonderful ideas!! I love how you incorporate Christ. You need to remind us of these next Easter too!! :)