This is a short collection of Easter Traditions and Easter Activities that you can do with your family this Easter. Traditions provide opportunities for familiarity and understanding of important events for kids of all ages. When these events and traditions happen every year, kids develop a better understanding of the importance of the event.
The following Easter activities involve the senses of sight, touch, smell, and taste, which encourages learning. Choose one or more of the following list of Easter Traditions and Easter Activities and explain the meaning and message of Easter with your child.
- Seeds and New Life: Seeds offer a clear message to children of the power of new life. Rest eggshell halves filled with soil in egg carton. Plant a marigold, petunia, or grapefruit seed in each (or even grass seed for fastest results). Place in sunny window.
- Easter Themed Movies: Watch Mel Gibson’s The Passion a portrayal of Jesus’s last hours with older children (warning: graphic but realistic violence). If your kids are younger, watch the Veggie Tales Easter or the Jesus Film Project’s beautifully-crafted evangelical movie, scripted only with words from the Gospel of Luke.
- Share an Easter Greeting: Greet each other with “Alleluia, the Lord is risen!” and answer “He is risen indeed!”
- Sunrise Service: Attend one offered by a church, or climb a hill with your family, worship together, and share a picnic breakfast.
- Special music: Listen together to Sandi Patti’s moving “Was it a Morning Like This?” Listen again. Discuss how it must have felt to see our risen Lord. Was anyone who saw him ever the same? Jesus said those who believe without having seen are blessed (John 20:29).
- New clothes: Traditionally, new believers were baptized at Easter, wearing new white garments to symbolize their new life. If your family has new Easter outfits, share with your children where this tradition came from.
- Easter Eggs: Eggs can become subtle way of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Like seeds, eggs are very much a symbol of new life. Traditionally they were also a symbol of Easter joy because they were a forbidden item during Lent. Dye your eggs with special joyful messages.
- Invite Others to Easter Service: Many people are more open to attending church when invited and during a holiday such as Easter. Invite someone to attend Easter service with you and your family.
Don’t forget the reason for the season is Jesus Christ. He came to Earth to die on the cross for our sins. He prepared a way for all of us to go to Heaven and to be in communion with God. He rose again on Easter Sunday and we celebrate His resurrection. Jesus is Alive!