I am starting to rise from the baby fog that I was so deeply immersed in since having my 2nd set of kiddos 16 months apart. My youngest is almost 2 1/2; I am so excited to get back into the swing of intentionally planning fun.
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For so long I only had time just to meet the basic needs of my dear ones because the little ones took every ounce that I had. And that’s ok! But I am excited about this grand new season!
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven- Eccclesiastes 3
Planning fun and meaningful activities, cultivating family togetherness and learning about Jesus while creating lasting childhood memories are a passion of mine! I love scouring Pinterest and other mom blogs to customize experiences for my children that they will hopefully remember for years to come!
Now, my dear friends, I am excited to share my plans with YOU!
I have been guilty many Easters not truly making it about Jesus but more bunny rabbits, painting eggs and a side of Jesus. This year I want to make that different. I want to read scripture, wash feet, talk about some of the tough stuff and rejoice in the glory of His resurrection!
I took about an hour( or four ehem, between many kiddo needs) this morning to map out my plan for the next few days to bring Jesus’s reality to our family for Easter. Below is my “Lord willing” plans. I am hoping to squeeze every drop out of these creative ideas and make it an Easter to remember!
Thursday: Scripture Reading and Feet Washing
I plan on reading more in depth about the last supper, and explain the importance of the disciples. I decided I will do feet washing on all the kiddos to show them the importance of humbly serving each other in love with humility, just like Jesus. You can find an example of this here or on Pinterest.
Friday: Scripture Lunch and Movie +Timeline
- Movie-The Life of Jesus ( Please note that this is a pretty graphic version for a cartoon, I would screen this beforehand to make sure it is appropriate for your children.)
- Scripture Lunch
Friday we will be focussing on the crucifixion of Jesus. I think how you go about this is a personal choice and depends on the sensitivity of your sweet ones! My eight and nine year old have already seen the brutal crucifixion scene from Passion of the Christ. I will be showing a somewhat tame version of Jesus’s life that I found here on youtube for the littles. I am still not sure if I can show the full movie.
While on Pinterest I found this fantastic Idea for a scripture lunch. Each part of the lunch represents something that reminds you of Jesus and the story of Easter. I am really looking forward to preparing this for the family!
Another great resource I found was this Good Friday Timeline. I want to pause at these different time markers in our day to bring attention to what Jesus was doing at that very time on the day of His crucifixion. I feel like this will make it more real to the kids and not feel like “just a story.”
Saturday: Special Breakfast + Easter Nature Walk and Scavenger Hunt.
Ok, so I had to add one Pinterest worthy bunny treat! I found this ADORABLE and super simple ( but not super healthy) breakfast treat. I am hoping to make it and not screw it up too bad!
After our breakfast, I am hoping to go on a walk or a local trail and do this Easter nature walk and a scavenger hunt.
Sunday: Ressurection Roll Breakfast
Sunday will be our day spent with family and also making on of our favorite traditions, resurrection rolls! This is a super fun idea that I learned from fellow momma bloggers a few years ago.
You simply sprinkle some brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter on a Pillsbury crescent rolls and tell your children this is like the cloth wrapped around Jesus for burial, then you take a large Marshmellow as a representation of Jesus, wrap the crescent roll around it and pop it in the oven. After puffing up and baking you open your crescent roll and the Marshmellow is gone, just like Jesus in the tomb! The kids LOVED it and always asked to do it for Easter. I get just as excited to bake them too!
Whew! Now that I typed that out it looks like quite some plan! I am hoping to “Lord willing” get to all of this, but if I don’t it’s OK! There is always next year, and as moms, we should remember to aim for grace, not perfection.
I hope you have a wonderful memory filled Easter and are intentional about bringing the reality of Jesus’s sacrifice to life in your happy little homes.
What are your favorite Easter traditions? Let me know below in the comments.