Yesterday I was spending time with some of the junior high students from our Christian school when we got to talking about March being “Easter month.” We discussed how things might be different if we spent as much time getting excited about Easter as we do Christmas. Even if one of the reasons we get excited about Christmas is the gifts, the fact remains we spend a month or more talking about Jesus being born and yet, we decided, it seems that Easter is really more of a last minute thing that doesn’t get as much notice.
So. . . . of course, that means I’ll be spending the rest of this month sharing some ideas for you to do with your tiniest of tots–at church, school or home in hopes that we might help them to understand the awesomeness of Jesus and what Easter really means.
There’s Old School
In this digital age, don’t overlook the simplicity of coloring with your kids. http://www.kidsundayschool.com is a great place for coloring pages and resources like the one above. Some are available for free and some come only with a membership. Start early coloring with your kids and hanging up that great Easter artwork as a reminder to help you talk about Easter all month long.
There are some sweet Ipad Easter books available for about buck. I like both “The Toddler’s Bible Easter Story,” and “The Easter Story.” These interactive books allow you to read them to your child or have your child listen to them over and over as the narrator reads. Either way is a win!
There’s Backyard/Basement/Living Room Fun
Get creative and take a bench, ottoman, chair, saw horse, hay bale or sibling (tee-hee) and make your own donkey for Jesus to ride into town on. With paper and crayons, or green paper cut out palm branches to lay on the ground or to raise and cheer for Jesus while singing “Hosanna! Hosanna!” (I found this template at http://www.sundayschoolresources.com
And There are Kitchen Creations
Resurrection Rolls are an all time favorite. I have used this recipe I got years ago from allrecipes.com
1 (10 ounce) can crescent rolls
8 large marshmallows
1/4 cup melted butter
2 TB cinnamon
2 TB sugar
1.Preheat oven to 400 and lightly grease a baking sheet.
2.Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.
3.Mix together cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
4.Melt the butter in another small bowl.
5.Dip a marshmallow into melted butter, and then roll in sugar mixture. Place marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch together to seal in marshmallow as it melts. Place on a baking sheet.
5.Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes
6.Let cool a few minutes before eating. When you open the roll, the marshmallow is gone–the “tomb” is empty.
Be on the lookout for more Easter ideas to do with your tiny tots this month–because Jesus is the reason for this season, too!