Family Activities for the Week of Easter

Activities for EasterNext week, we’ll celebrate Easter, remembering Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. Here are some ideas for focusing your week on Christ and making it fun and meaningful for your family.

 

  • Act out the crucifixion and resurrection story, or stage a play with toys, felt figures, or stuffed animals.
  • Make your own grace garden or resurrection garden.
  • Try these “Get a Sense of the Resurrection” object lessons.
  • Make your own resurrection eggs, or have a treasure hunt that centers on the passion and resurrection story (we’ll post a treasure hunt plan next week!).
  • Make these resurrection cookies or resurrection rolls.
  • Have a Passover dinner (Seder) with your family, or find a Christian/Messianic  one you can attend. Discuss with your children the ways that the Passover traditions point to Christ. We recently published a Christ-centered version of the Passover Haggadah, and you can find others online.
  • Jesus set an example by serving his disciples at the Last Supper. Do a Bible study on “Jesus as a servant.” Read through one of the gospels and use this study worksheet to record each instance of Jesus serving others.
  • Do a Bible Study on “Jesus’ response to suffering.” Read Luke 22-23, Isaiah 53, and Philippians 2, and complete this Bible study sheet from Plants Grown Up.
  • Read Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die, by John Piper.
  • On Good Friday, darken your home to help everyone remember the death of Christ. Turn off or dim most of the lights and put a black tablecloth on the table. Have your children help remove any flowers or plants, and decorate with bare branches or stones instead. Leave the house dark on Saturday, and before everyone gets up on Sunday morning, redecorate with candles, plants, a bright tablecloth, and flowers.
  • Make a resurrection cake decorated to look like the empty tomb. We’ve enjoyed this tradition, sometimes decorating the cake with flowers and toy figures of the angel and women at the tomb.

What’s your favorite Easter tradition? Please share in the comments!

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  1. I just wanted to let you know that when clicking on the links to study sheets they do not appear. The link goes to Doorposts but ‘page cannot be found’ pops up.

  2. We used to do a Lamb shaped cake, (a cake mold) with a hunt for items from the Resurrection story. The Lamb shaped cake reminded us that Jesus was the ultimate offering for our sins. It has the added bonus of being lots of fun to make, and if you want to get all silly, you can add jelly filling. :-P My personal favorite was cherry chip.

  3. Thanks, Ruth. The links are fixed now!

  4. I have a question, where do eggs come into play with regards to the Lord’s death and resurrection? As far as I know and have researched this is very pagan and has nothing to do with our Lord and Saviour. Did the disciples practice this and teach others to do so? http://christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-t020.html or http://rcg.org/books/ttooe.html.

  5. I do have to agree with Melinda above about the egg usage being pagan. Not many Christians want to hear that, but there is no Scriptural basis for using eggs to symbolize any part of Passover or Easter. Why mix the pagan with the sacred? I think it best not to. It is akin to using Santa in our Christmas celebrations because there really was a saintly man named Nicolas.

  6. After 15 years of wanting a baby, we finally adopted a little newborn boy a year and a half ago. I LOVE having family traditions because my family never had any. I have scoured the internet for some good Christian based family Easter traditions. As Jacob is only 1 1/2 years old so far, I did the resurrection garden on my own and have been showing him and explaining what things are. I also started doing the resurrection eggs ( I did that one last year, but he was only 6 months old and I know didn’t understand. But he loved to look and touch the symbols inside the eggs!) I also bought a cross shaped cake mold to make a cake for Sunday dinner. I wanted a lamb one, but couldn’t find one in time for Easter. I have enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to doing more of the traditions that you have mentioned. Thanks for the ideas!

  7. Thank you so much! I’ve been planning to do the Resurrection Egg Hunt…with the Bible verses in them. I plan to print out 4 of each verse and put them in the eggs then hide them. Then they have to work together to get everyone to have a set of the Bible Verses and then they will get a chocolate bunny. We also dye eggs and hide some candy in the eggs, too.

    I realize that eggs have nothing to do with the Resurrection as some have mentioned. However, just because something that God created has been used by pagans, does not mean we should not use them. My kids (and I) have no idea of the pagan symbolism and just as we use pumpkins during harvest time (and occasionally carve a funny face out of one-gasp ;) ) we do not worship paganism. I highly doubt that anyone who sees us using eggs believes us to be pagan, either.

    I like how the article said eggs, or small gift bags… that way each family can choose according to their convictions. The Lord places convictions upon some people but not others. Perhaps our time will come, but so far…it is eggs for us! ;) Have a blessed Resurrection Weekend!

  8. We will not be using eggs, but we will put our items in empty toilet paper tubes with the Scriptures on the outside.

    I do not understand the meaning of the roasted egg on the Seder plate, but that is the only egg we plan to have at our remembrance on Sunday.

  9. Thanks to all for your responses! Just a note of explanation regarding the use of the egg at Easter, a tree at Christmas, etc.:

    Satan employs God’s creation in many ways to point others away from God. Satan can’t create anything, so he has to work with what God made. God created the egg. As believers, we can reclaim symbols, words, geographical areas, literature, music, art, movie-making, etc. They are God’s, not Satan’s. This is God’s world, and part of our role here as His ambassadors is to reclaim territory for Him and advance His kingdom.

    More importantly than eggs or meat offered to idols (as in 1 Corinthians) or Christmas trees, is the love we should show each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. 1 Corinthians 8:8-9, dealing with the issue of eating meat that had been offered to idols, says, “But meat [or Easter eggs, in our case] commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.” Neither our use of Easter eggs nor our avoidance of Easter eggs earns us any merit before God.

    We need to give each other grace and honor each others’ consciences in areas like these. I’m glad this post has not become an arena for debate and unkindness, as can often happen when dealing with areas of conscience like this. Thanks!

    BTW, Sheri, I looked up your question about the egg on the Seder plate of Passover. Here’s what John Pontier, in his book “A Christian Passover Seder,” says about the egg:

    “It is called the Kha-gi-gah” or “festival offering,” and is a symbol for the festival sacrifices made on feast days. It symbolizes both mourning for the loss of the Temple in Jerusalem as well as new birth and eternal life.”

    Hope this gives more meaning to your use of this one egg during your Resurrection Sunday celebrations! :-)

  10. We use the Resurrection eggs as well. For us, even though the eggs weren’t part of the original Resurrection story, an egg means new life and new birth in God’s creation. Our son loves opening the package (egg) to discover the symbol of that part of the resurrection story and reading that portion of scripture. Like Peggy said, each family has to go with their convictions on that.

    We have taken to calling it Resurrection Day rather than Easter. We also watch a movie on the life of Jesus.

  11. Pam, I was so glad to read your post about using the egg at Easter, the tree at Christmas, and I would add the pumpkin at harvesttime. From the time I was a young Christian I have thought, “let us take back the pumpkin, and the tree and use them for God’s glory!” It was nice to read somebody else state it so graciously.

    Now, to my shame, I am prayerfully considering what to do this weekend to make Good Friday and Easter special. My 22 year old son woke up wondering why Christians don’t put a celebration emphasis on Good Friday and Easter. Although I sometimes feel the same way, I was surprised, because I have put an emphasis on it since the time he was young, but not in the same way as Christmas. As my children grew older, they seemed to outgrow our older traditions which pointed us to Jesus, the cross, and His resurrection. I’ve been busy doing taxes, and schooling and haven’t planned much more than a special Sunday dinner. We will read the Scriptures concerning His ressurection, and Isaiah 53.

    I am praying about your suggested activities, but do you have particulars ones you would suggest for a small family consisting of Dad, Mom, a 22 year old son, a 15 year old daughter, and Grammie?

    I hope not to put myself in this dilemma next year.

    Our Lord’s grace and peace to you all.
    He is risen!

  12. Becky, thanks for your encouraging words!

    Regarding your celebration this year, what about Daniel’s idea of removing flowers, dimming the lights, decorating with bare branches and black, playing subdued music, etc., on Good Friday and Saturday and then celebrating Easter day with the house ablaze with light and color, candles, flowers or branches of flowering trees, triumphant music (i.e. the last portion of the Messiah, St. John’s Passion, vigorous hymns).

    For the past few years our church has decorated with dark bare branches all during Lent. The central stained glass window is covered with a white panel. On Easter Day, we come to a church full of renewed color and light and life! Our joy is reflected in our singing, worship, and shared fellowship feast, but it is also reflected in the colors, plants, and flowers that have been restored, symbolizing the new life that is ours because of Christ’s victory over death.

    Another easy activity for Easter Day could be watching a movie together that focuses on the resurrection account. You may even be able to still find something appropriate on instant view if you don’t have access to a physical DVD at this late date. Or if the weather cooperates, a walk together in the spring air, just enjoying the beauty of spring and visiting together, can be a sweet form of celebrating together!

    Hope this gives you some ideas!