Family Easter activities
Easter is one of the two most significant celebrations in the Christian calendar. While we reflect on the nature of salvation and Jesus’ sacrifice in our Bible studies and services, it’s also a chance to introduce these concepts to our kids in an easy-to-digest way. After so many months of school (and sunday school!) at home, here is some inspiration for Easter-themed family activities.
Families with younger children
God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of His blood (Romans 3:25)
One of the best ways to engage younger children is through practical demonstrations, which will stay in their minds for a long time. A simple way to do this is to buy a vase of white carnations and explain to them that these represent how perfect Jesus was. You can then add red food dye to the water and watch as later the flowers change colour a few days; a great way of showing how Jesus took on our sin even when he was blameless.
Another idea is to make ‘stained glass’ window crosses. To do this, cut the outline of a cross out of black card and attach it onto a large sheet of cling film (or another transparent material). You can then have fun ripping up pieces of different coloured tissue paper and sticking them onto the cross to make a stained glass effect. As you stick the cross up on a window, take time to look at how much it is changed by putting it up to the light – just as we are transformed by Jesus’ love for us.
Families with teens
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
As restrictions are slowly eased and larger groups can meet outside, why not try this fun game, which demonstrates the idea of separating the old from the new. The above link has some Bible passages and suggests guidance for a discussion on how, when we believe that Jesus died for our sins, we can begin a new life with Him.
Another idea for teenagers is to challenge them to sacrifice their time for others during their Easter break, perhaps by helping someone with shopping or calling someone who is feeling lonely. As they do this, encourage them to consider how enormous Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was and how He went through it for them.
Teenagers doing things by themselves
We know…that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true (1 John 5:20)
Teenagers in your life may be keen to explore the Easter story and what it means for them in their own way, without being led by an adult. If this is the case, there are several resources that you can direct them to, such as this Easter devotions kit, which invites teenagers to consider different aspects of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
If your teenager prefers watching videos you could send them links to these three Easter themed videos from the Bible Project on YouTube:
To do as a family
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Something to engage the whole family in the lead up to Easter Sunday is Resurrection Eggs. This requires 12 plastic eggs and some items from around the house, which are then used to tell the Easter story. Families can look at one egg a day leading up to Easter or even hide them for an egg hunt on Easter morning.
Another popular idea is Jelly Bean Prayers. For this, simply take a jar or bag and fill it with different coloured Jelly Beans. Then, attach a poem that helps us reflect on God’s creation as well as the Easter story:
“Red is for the blood He gave.
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for the sun so bright.
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made.
White is for the grace He gave.
Purple is for His hour of sorrow.
Pink is for our new tomorrow.”
You could even go one step further and give each person a certain colour of Jelly Bean when they do something linked to that colour. For example, yellow depicts the bright sun and could be given when they show kindness or bring happiness to another person, while white depicts God’s grace, which is something that can’t be earned and is given to everyone in the family on Easter morning.
Do you have any other family Easter activities planned for this year? Let us know!