Growing up, I remember getting Easter baskets filled by the mysterious “Easter bunny.” It was fun. My mom made it memorable. She always made sure I knew how much she loved me. But, except for Easter Sunday service, we didn’t really focus on Jesus.
While I love Peeps and chocolate eggs, in our home, Easter is all about Jesus. I have no real moral problem with the bunny, I simply find that I’d rather spend my time with the KING of KINGS! So, I’m always in search of activities that will help me point my children to the cross.
Today I’d like to share some of my favorite ways to foster a meaningful Easter for kids that points them to Jesus!
There are tons of different ways to DIY resurrection eggs. Though this set makes it super simple.
Kids hunt for these eggs, then you open the eggs together to reveal the surprise inside (each surprise symbolizing something on Jesus’ journey to the cross). As you open each egg you read the story of Christ together. It’s a really great way to make Easter fun and meaningful!
Easter Tree for Kids
You can pick up a small tabletop tree from your local garden store or an artificial tree online (like this one) and then hang your resurrection eggs on it! It’s a beautiful seasonal reminder of the story of Christ!
Family Passover Meal
Observing the Passover meal as a family can be a sweet way to point our families to Christ. Each item on the Passover plate can point to the fulfillment found in Christ. If you’ve never participated in a Christ-centered Passover meal, it takes a bit of preparation. But the result is beautiful.
These rolls are an easy and hands-on way to teach kids about the empty tomb of Christ! There are only a few ingredients and the result is yummy! Check it out by clicking the image below.
Easter Cross Mosaic Craft for Kids
This is a simple craft to do with kids to point them to the cross. A little paper and glue will set them up to create a colorful reminder of Jesus! If you don’t have colored paper, you could use paint and let the kids do colorful fingerprints all over the cross!
Tape Resist Cross Art
With this simple activity your kids will only need some tape, paint, and paper. In just a few minutes they will have created a beautiful cross!
Making a resurrection garden is a hands-on way to talk about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
Kids will love finding rocks and digging in some dirt for this tangible way of sharing the story of Christ.
Easter Rock Basket
This is a great way to teach kids about the exchange Jesus gives – our sin for His righteousness. The Saturday before Easter, ask your kids which sins they have seen in their own life. Then write those on rocks with a marker. Put the rocks in their Easter baskets. Cover the baskets with a blanket. Then while they sleep, replace the rocks with treats. On Easter morning, you can then emphasize the love and grace of God to take away our sin. Click here for a more detailed explanation.
Cork Board Easter Lesson for Kids
This is a tangible way to teach kids specifically about sin and the need for forgiveness on a daily basis. This activity will help make this Easter for your kids meaningful as you celebrate the grace of Christ!
Easter Printables for Kids
I’ve got a few printables for kids that will also help make Easter meaningful. From my Jelly Bean Prayer Printable to the Names of Jesus Easter countdown, these printables will point your family to the Lord in fun but simple ways!
I hope you found something that you love! These Easter activities for kids will keep their mind occupied and also teach them about God’s love. Got another idea? I’d love to hear it!