Easter Entertainment for Children

When I was growing up, my mom was the hostess with the mostest. Today I have no idea how she pulled it off. I think she must have not slept too much near special occasions. Not only did she get five kids dressed — in Easter dresses and bonnets — but she also usually hosted a huge meal for family and friends who were orphaned at the holidays. And being the Child Development Expert that she is, she also devised some kind of entertainment for us as well.

I don’t think I ever acknowledged how much my mom has taught me about being on the road to joyful motherhood. Thanks, Mom!

Special days like Easter Sunday are wonderful times to gather with family and friends. It is a time for great rejoicing, and one to share with children and make sweet memories. Consider setting up some activity centers wherever you plan to spend Sunday afternoon, so that children have a direction and focus. Not only will it be memorable for them, but it will also (hopefully) keep them out of trouble. These are also great things to do during Spring Break, too.

  • Watch a movie, such as The Jesus Movie for Children
  • Read about Jesus’ last days on Earth
  • Bake and decorate cookies or cupcakes or make Resurrection Rolls or Empty Tomb Cookies
  • Hunt for plastic eggs (Nowadays, my mom fills these with money. Is she mother of the year, or what?)
  • Read themed story books about the Resurrection. It’s hard to find Jesus-centered books. These books aren’t perfect, but they work for me.
  • Blow bubbles
  • Play with playdough
  • Fly kites
  • Go on a Ribbon Basket Hunt
  • Dye and decorate eggs
  • Provide children with small flower pots, potting soil, and a pony pack of annuals. Talk about new life and what beauty there is in Christ.

What do you enjoy doing with your children at Easter time?

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  1. My husband and I have been in ministry together for the past 14 years as youth and now senior pastors, so we have always been involved in church functions at Easter time. My girls have really enjoyed working with us helping stuff eggs, helping the little ones find eggs, etc. I love teaching my girls to serve…to give back. It makes our egg-coloring time at home more precious knowing we were a part of making someone else’s holiday special!

  2. Too much to repeat, but I wrote about the ‘tribe’s’ Holy Week activities at http://www.themorristribe.net. Love, love, love this week!

    Kelly

  3. That’s a great list!! I will be referring to it often next week:-)

  4. I did a great Easter activity with my kindergarteners today. Its called an Easter Garden or Resurrection Garden. I started with a large throw-away roasting pan and put small rocks in first (for drainage), then potting soil. Then, put a small clay flowerpot on its side and pack potting soil around it and on top to make a tomb inside a hill. Gather some twigs and make three crosses to put on top of the “hill”/flowerpot. Allow kids to sprinkle quick growing grass seed. The kids said, “He has risen” as they sprinkled. Then cover with a little more potting soil. And make a path to the tomb with more rocks. Use a large stone to seal the tomb. The students even found to figurines that look like guards! :) Then the morning of easter (or for school – after spring break), I will move the stone and place fake flowers around. The grass seed will be nice and green!

  5. Thank you so much for the link to the Jesus movie. My daughter and I really enjoyed watching the first half tonight before bed! We can’t wait to see the rest tomorrow night! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

  6. Thank you for including the link to the empty tomb cookies. I made these several years ago with my Sunday School class and wanted to repeat the lesson with my own family this week.

    Also, your mother must be a delightful woman. I couldn’t fathom inviting more than just family to any big holiday dinner, and even family stresses me out eventually!

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