Last week, we went on our annual pilgrimage for Easter dresses. My older daughter picked out her first dress from the juniors department. My younger daughter got one that sparkles from head to toe. It's one of the few times of the year that I can get both of them in a dress.
We all have traditions that go with Easter -- from dress shopping to having ham for Easter dinner -- yet just like Christmas we can get caught up in the traditions and miss the importance of the day. We can assume our kids know the events of Easter and why they're important, so we skip over the important conversations.
We don't want our kids to miss Easter. We don't want them to go through this holy season without understanding how Easter sets Jesus apart from every other person who walked the earth. Check out these easy ways to get your kids talking about Easter.
1. Use Resurrection Eggs. My kids still love Resurrection Eggs. These plastic eggs each contain an item that tells the story of Easter. When my girls were little, I used to tell them the story. Now, they tell me about the events of Easter. It's a great way to retell the events of Easter in an engaging manner that gets your kids talking.
2.Read Resurrection iWitness. This is a great book along the lines of the Pirateology books. With interactive pages and engaging writing, this book dissects some of the "alternate theories" about the resurrection and explains why the resurrection is the best answer for the question "What happened to Jesus' body." It's apologetics for kids presented in a way that entertains and informs.
3. Make resurrection rolls. These rolls are hollow in the middle, so when you open them up it looks like an empty tomb. This is a great way to get conversation started around the Easter dinner table. You can find the recipe here.
4. Have a scripture egg hunt. Along with candy, put scripture verses that pertain to Easter in your plastic eggs. Hide the eggs and let your kids hunt them. At the end of the hunt, have everyone read their scripture verses and talk about what they mean.
5. Make a cross. Gather enough twigs for each person in your family to make a cross. Place two twigs in the shape of a cross. Wrap twine around the center of the two twigs to hold them together. Place or hang the crosses in each person's room so they have a daily reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made for them. While you're making the crosses, talk about the events of Easter.
Getting your kids talking about Easter can be as easy as asking them a thought-provoking question about how they would have felt going to the tomb or what they thought the angel looked like if the Roman soldiers were cowering in fear. It's not important how we get our kids talking about the events of that weekend long ago. It's simply important that we get them talking about it.