Do you have a favorite holiday? Mine is Easter. Why? It’s less stressful than Christmas, comes with signs of spring after a cold Minnesota winter, and above all, it is a celebration of our RISEN Savior!
Easter will forever be the greatest story every told but how do we share that story with the littles in our lives? Introducing…
5 Ways to Celebrate Easter with Kids
1. Sock Tradition
These are the socks my daughters received for Easter last year.
For as long as I can remember, my parents have gifted my sisters and I with socks for Easter along with a note to encourage us to, “Follow Jesus.” Our husbands and children now look forward to receiving socks too.
Maybe this tradition is where my love of socks came from? Plus, I have yet to put on a pair of “Easter socks” without thinking about standing firm and having my feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6). What a great visual reminder!
2. Resurrection Eggs
3. Easter Books
We have a basket in our living room that we fill with books based on the season/holiday we are currently in. When March rolls around, we replace the basket of Valentine’s Day books with books about Easter.
Don’t have Easter books at your house? No problem! Most libraries have a display table filled with books about Easter that you can check out. Having books about Easter within your kiddos reach is a great way to talk about the true meaning of Easter all month long.
Our Favorite Easter Books:
4. Easter Baskets
Each Easter we gift our kiddos with 3 items in their Easter baskets: a book, candy, and a surprise item. For example, last year Ava received the book, “The Easter Egg” by Jan Brett along with egg-shaped Oreos for her “candy” and bath bombs for her “surprise item.”
5. Resurrection Rolls
I love this Easter breakfast tradition because it is a creative and interactive way to explain the Easter Story to children. Plus, it is easy to make and tastes great!
Resurrection Rolls Recipe
- 1 package refrigerated crescent dough
- 1 bag of large marshmallows
- 1/2 cup of butter; melted
- 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- Preheat over to 350 degrees
- Grease a muffin tin pan and set aside
- Melt butter in a small bowl
- Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a separate small bowl
- Unroll the crescent dough and separate into the triangles (along the dough perforations) Explain that the dough represents the tomb that they put Jesus into after his crucifixion
- Hold up a white marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus. Roll the marshmallow in butter and then in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Explain that it represents the oils and spices that were rubbed on Jesus body before they placed him in the tomb
- Place the marshmallow onto a dough triangle near the larger end. Wrap each side of the dough up and over the marshmallow and explain that the dough represents the tomb where they buried Jesus. Roll the dough in your hands until all of the marshmallow is covered and sealed
- Dip the rolled dough in butter and then dip in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and place in the greased muffin tin
- Repeat until all of the dough has been used
- Bake for 15 minutes
- Allow to cool then cut the rolls down the middle. Before cutting, ask if the kids remember what happened on the third day. Remind them that when they went to the tomb where Jesus was buried, the tomb was empty because Jesus rose. Cut through the roll and show the kids how the “tomb” is now empty. Jesus is ALIVE!
Do you have Easter traditions? If so, please share what you do with your kids and grandkids. As always, I would LOVE to hear from YOU!