3 Teaching Activities to Make Easter Come Alive
Year after year, these three Easter activities have been ESSENTIAL parts of how we celebrate the true meaning of Easter:
Empty Tomb Biscuits
What are each of these activities? And why are they so powerful?
Here’s how to use them:
- Hide them as you would for a normal Easter egg hunt.
- Once children have collected all the eggs, gather them together.
- Following along in the included booklet, have the kids open the eggs up in a specific order in order to tell the story of Jesus’ journey to the cross!
Do you have a child who loves to garden or to play in the dirt? Yes? Then he or she will love making a Resurrection Garden!
These are a fun way to recreate Jesus’ tomb, and the new life that now grows there!
A Resurrection Garden can be as simple or elaborate as you wish, but here’s what you’ll need to make one garden:
- potting soil
- plastic garden saucer or shallow clay pot saucer
- small clay pot
- grass seeds or very small tiny plants
- various sticks and stones from your yard, including one large flat stone to cover the tomb
- Place potting soil in a plastic gardening tray or shallow clay pot
- Lay small clay pot on its side on top of the soil with its “mouth” facing out (this is the “tomb”). Bury it slightly with more soil.
- Arrange stones (to make a pathway to the tomb) and sticks (on top to make a cross). Place the large flat stone across the mouth of the small clay pot (the tomb).
- Water the soil each day and watch your plants grow! On Easter Sunday morning, be sure to “roll the stone away” from the tomb’s entrance!
Empty Tomb Biscuits
Oh, my kids beg me to make these each Easter! And every year I acquiesce, even though it requires that I use sugar, butter, marshmallows and refrigerated biscuits (typically four no-nos in our home)!
Why? Because it’s such a perfect way to teach little ones about the Easter message. I can’t tell you how many in-depth conversations about God I’ve had with my kids over the years as we’ve made these Empty Tomb Biscuits!
Alright. And they taste so DANG GOOD.
- bag of large marshmallows
- can of refrigerated biscuits, rolled out flat
- melted butter, poured into a shallow bowl
- granulated sugar or coconut sugar and cinnamon (poured into a shallow bowl)
Dip a marshmallow (representing Jesus’ body) in the butter and then roll it the sugar and cinnamon mixture (like when Jesus’ body was anointed with oil and spices during his burial).
Wrap the flattened-out refrigerated biscuits around the marshmallow and place it on a cookie sheet to bake (cook it according to the package directions on the biscuits).
And then the magic comes! When each child bites into the biscuit, they realize that it’s HOLLOW!
Yes–the marshmallow has melted away and the biscuit is left looking like an empty tomb. The message–Jesus’ body isn’t here anymore because it’s been resurrected! Jesus is ALIVE!
And speaking of teaching activities…
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Happy Easter, everyone!
How will you celebrate the deeper meaning of Easter with your kids this year?
Which of these Easter resources will you use?
Or, tell us your own unique ideas!