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Five Ways To Make Easter Meaningful For Your Kids

Five Ways To Make Easter Meaningful For Your Kids

Kayla Maedche

Easter day

I had the wonderful idea of trying some Pinterest directions for a DIY T-shirt-to-tank project.  Picture it: a Texas Longhorns tank that would criss-cross in the back.  The end result wasn’t so fabulous. It looked like I was wearing a bib, and it was so tight around the shoulders that it gave me T-rex arms.  The last thing I want to do is give you a DIY Easter Pinterest board to create the perfect Easter. There is no one perfect craft and no one perfect object lesson that will give you the most sublime celebration.  Your family is unique and your Easter experience together should reflect that dynamic.  Instead of providing a plethora of activities to do, I want to equip you with five principles to make Easter meaningful for your kids.  You get to have the fun part of tailoring it to your family!

 

1. Make it about Jesus

This is the most important one!  If Jesus isn’t at the center of your celebration, then you haven’t had Easter yet.  Remember that the spring flower bouquets wither, your kids will grow out of their Easter outfits, and the candy wrappers transition to a landfill.  However, Jesus will never fade away.  Take time to honor Him by thanking Him, telling Him how much you love Him, and asking Him for forgiveness.  On a side note, your kids model your excitement and behavior.  If you’re pumped about giving them an egg hunt but sigh when its time to pray, they’ll model that.  If you’re truly ecstatic about Jesus saving you from your sins, your kids will internalize that into their own lives.

 

2. Make it personal

Easter needs to be intentional.  I challenge you to spend Easter engaged with your family without distractions.  Do an activity together that everyone enjoys without involving your phone or TV.  It can be crazy, mellow, free, or spontaneous; it doesn’t matter as long as you do something together that doesn’t involve staring at a screen.  (Candy Crush can wait!)

Have your kids heard your personal testimony of what Jesus has done in your life?  Everyone has a story, and this is the most powerful witness that you can share with anyone.  I can teach the kids every week that Jesus transforms us, but you are the ones who will always have the deepest bond with them to make the most impact.  Share what Jesus has done for you, and you’ll connect with your kids on a deeper level while also providing them an example of what it means to witness!

3. Make it missional

Our E Kids Easter series has a spy theme.  They’re uncovering facts about Jesus that will be helpful for them when they need to defend or share their faith.  Being a Christian is a bit like being in a family of secret agents.  We belong to the Body of Christ, but it doesn’t stop there.  We’ve been given a top-priority mission called the Great Commission to share our faith with unbelievers.  Take some time to think about people around your family who don’t know Jesus yet.  Pray for those people and also for missionaries around the world who are fulfilling the Great Commission!  

4. Make it real

Avoid sugar-coating Christianity.  You know the maturity level of your kids and what they are capable of handling.  With that said, don’t be afraid to have deep conversations with your kids about Easter.  It’s perfectly okay to talk about how much Jesus actually suffered or how important it is to tell other people about Jesus.  Let them ask questions.  If you don’t know an answer, say you are unsure but that you’ll find the answer with them!  Your kids will appreciate your honesty.  My main point is this:  society’s children are maturing faster, so teach them how to answer the hard questions and watch them rise in perseverance and truth. Show your children the way they should go, and they will not depart from it when they are older.

5. Make it tangible

Fun fact: When children hear something, they remember ten percent of it.  If they see something, they’ll remember eighty percent of it.  It’s all about engagement: the more of the five senses you can involve, the more they’ll remember.  (Think of it this way:  Would you remember more of the Star Wars VII plot if I told it to you or if I bought you the Blu-ray to watch for yourself?)  Return to the previous points and make them tangible for kids.  When you tell your testimony, pull out old family photos.  Build an empty tomb together.  Let them feel a set of nails.  Grab a map of Bismarck and circle homes of people you know as a reminder to pray that they would meet Jesus.  Take a walk and point out all of the new life that Jesus brings.  Make a flag that represents the country you are praying for.  The opportunities are endless for making Easter tangible, and it works best when you play off of the interests of your kids.