The sun is shining, days are longer, and flowers are starting to peek their heads out. Spring is here and Easter is only a few short days away! Easter is a great time to gather your family and celebrate Jesus’ resurrection together. Here are three activities to do with your family to celebrate Easter:
1. Tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection using an egg carton!
You will need an empty egg carton and 12 plastic Easter eggs. Here are the items you need to put into the eggs and what each item symbolizes:
- Leaf – Palm Sunday
- 3 dimes – Judas betrays Jesus
- Cloth – Jesus washed the disciples’ feet
- Cracker – Last Supper
- Flower – Garden of Gethsemane
- String – Jesus was tied up when he was arrested
- Thorn – Crown of thorns
- Cross – Jesus’ crucifixion
- Toothpick dipped in red paint – Spear that pierced Jesus’ side
- Cloth – Jesus was wrapped in cloth when he was buried in the tomb
- Stone – The stone was rolled away
- Empty – Jesus is alive!
Once all items are in the eggs, have your children tell the story of Easter by opening each egg and explaining what the items mean. It’s a fun and educational experience for the whole family!
2. Make bird nests with Cadbury eggs! (Recipe found on iheartnaptime.net)
Ingredients you will need:
- 2 cups chow mein noodles
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 12-ounce bag mini-Cadbury eggs
How to make this delicious treat:
- Place the chow mein noodles in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips at 50% power for 1 minute, or until melted. You could also melt over a double broiler. Stir, until smooth.
- Reserve about 1 Tablespoons of the milk chocolate. Then pour the milk chocolate and butterscotch over noodles and stir until coated.
- Spray a silicone muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Then add a large spoonful of the mixture to the muffin cup. Press lightly in the center of the cup to form the nest. Then with the remaining chocolate in the bowl, dip the back of the Cadbury egg and place in the middle of the nests. Then using a toothpick, dip the top end into the remaining chocolate and add 2 eyes. Then if desired, add a tiny dot of yellow frosting for the beak.
- Once hardened, gently remove the egg nests (it helps to use a butter knife)
3. Compete in a bunny hop race!
In your backyard or at a park, set up a finish line on one side and have all participants line up on the other side. Once someone yells “GO”, racers hop like a bunny all the way to the finish line! Winner receives a treat (a Cadbury egg bird nest, perhaps?). If you’d like to make the race a bit more challenging, have all participants carry an egg on a spoon as they are hopping. Anyone who drops their egg is out of the race!
There are so many different activities you could do to spend time as a family on Easter. But the most important one is reflecting and celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus!