It is hard to believe that in just a few weeks it will be Easter. Where has the year gone? I know that our kids are getting excited, as I am certain your’s are too. Though our kids are more excited about the prospects of candy then anything else. I love taking the kids to Easter egg hunts and watching them go through their baskets on Easter morning. It does sadden me just a bit though, knowing that the focus of this very special day tends to be more on a fluffy bunny than on the gift of Jesus. That is why our family tries very hard to keep the focus on Jesus.
If you would like some fun ideas for keeping Jesus the focus this Easter celebration, keep reading. I created a list of things for you to enjoy with your family this Easter season.
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Empty Tomb Rolls
These rolls are both yummy and make a great visual of the resurrection for little ones. They are super easy for kids to make without much help from a parent, and only have two ingredients. Simply take a crescent roll (the tomb) and place a regular sized marshmallow (Jesus’ body) inside. Make sure to wrap the crescent roll around the marshmallow so that none of the marshmallow can be seen. This represents the tomb being sealed. Bake the crescent rolls as directed on the package. As the rolls are eaten, you will notice that Jesus (the marshmallow) has disappeared from the tomb (the crescent roll). This will open up discussion about where the marshmallow went, which in turn will create a discuss about the resurrection of Jesus.
The Resurrection Plant
The Resurrection Plant is a bit curious, and will most likely wow even the older kids and adults in your family. If you have never had the chance to see these plants in action, I highly recommend you pick one up for this year’s Easter celebration.
Don’t be surprised by what you find, because it is going to take a little bit of faith to believe this plant will ever be green again. When you first open the box to reveal this plant, it really looks dead. It does not look like a bulb or seed that has life waiting to happen. It just looks dried up and lifeless. I imagine this must have been how the disciples felt when they laid Jesus’ body to rest in the tomb. Imagine the delight they had when they were able to spend time with the resurrected Jesus!
To get your new plant to return to life, simply place the plant in a dish of water with some stones to keep it somewhat upright, and wait for the magic to happen. Literally within several minutes, you will begin to see the plant spring to life, and within a few short hours the plant will look green and healthy. It is truly remarkable. If you would like to try this at your house this year, you can order one by clicking the picture below.
Stages of the Cross Easter Countdown
You can make Easter a longer celebration with the Stages of the Cross Easter Countdown activity. Similar to an Advent calendar, this will keep the anticipation going. Simply fill 14 different jumbo plastic eggs with a Stations of the Cross activity sheet (printable below), a few holiday treats, stickers, and small trinkets. Then number the eggs from 1 – 14 and place them in a basket. Each day leading up to Easter, you will take an egg (in numbered order) to have fun learning about that station of the cross.
Here is the free printable activity packet. It includes the 14 Stations of the Cross cards as well as a few activity sheets. Stations of the Cross Countdown Activity
Cinnamon Roll Cross for Easter Breakfast
These are a family favorite in my house. I love any excuse to make cinnamon rolls, and so turning my favorite breakfast treat into a Easter favorite was not very difficult. I hope your family enjoys these as much as our family does.
Cinnamon Roll Cross
This is a great way to start the day on Easter - yummy, warm cinnamon rolls.
- 10 Ounces Warm Milk
- 3 TBS Butter Softened
- 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 4 Cups Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 3 ttsp Active Dry Yeast
- 1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Pecans crushed
Place milk, butter, eggs, sugar, flour, salt and yeast into a large bread maker with wet ingredients first and dry ingredients on top. Set bread maker to dough setting. Watch the mixing of the dough and add small amounts of either milk or flour if necessary.
Once the bread maker has gone through it's cycles and the dough is done, remove dough onto a floured surface. Form a large, flattened rectangle with the dough. Spread butter on the entire surface of the dough. Mix the Brown Sugar and the Cinnamon in a small bowl. Cover the buttered area with the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Cover the cinnamon mixture with finely crushed pecans.
Roll the dough into a long 4 inch diameter long log. Cut 2 inch think slices from the log and arrange on a greased cookie sheet so they form a cross. Bake at 350 degrees until cinnamon rolls are golden brown and bubbling.
Allow cinnamon rolls some time to cool. Then top with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles.
If you are looking for some fun ways to keep Jesus the focus this Easter season, you have come to the right place. You will find activities, recipes, and a fun countdown that will help teach the resurrection of Jesus. If you have some ideas or activities that you do in your family we would love to hear about them in the comments.