Telling the story
When we tell the story in church we sometimes take for granted how powerful seeing the story play out can be. Last year Selina used simple stones, wood crosses and clothes pegs to show the story during Holy Week. And, guess what? It was the most commented on part of worship that year!
Consider incorporating a Godly Play or drama rendition of the story for an all-ages worship.
Or use a children’s picture book, like Russell Usbourne’s “Easter Story”. (It is a “sensitive” retelling of the easter story, faithful to the biblical txts but without the gore!)
Here are some ways you can explore the theme of resurrection at home or with your faith community.
Selina dyed wooden eggs using a mixture of 1/2 water, 1/2 vinegar and food colouring!
Let eggs soak for at least 20 minutes. Add more food colouring for a stronger colour, but know they will likely end up with a pastel-like hue.
Looking for a fun activity for Easter in the kitchen? Check-out this Resurrection Roll recipe put together by friends at UCC East.
They’re the perfect afternoon snack on a lazy Holy Saturday!
Looking for a way to connect the Easter story with nature? Enjoy this bilingual early spring scavenger hunt from Shanna.
Selina’s toddler loves to paint, but what to do with the plethora of pictures she produces? Well, Selina has been saving them up and cutting out eggs of different sizes. Using a hole punch she ran a string through the top (you could also use yarn or ribbon) to create a cute egg garland to decorate the house at Easter!
You can also pre-cut the eggs and decorate as you wish! Why not alternate between eggs and flowers for a festive spring feel.
Shanna used dyed egg shells from last Easter, broken in half and filled with earth as perfect spot to start some sprouts!
What would you plant?
Some families have mixed feelings about celebrating some of the more “secular” aspects of Easter. Worried about missing out on the fun but want to uphold the religious origins of Easter? Focus on rabbits and eggs as signs of new life. These symbols help us to remember the abundant life Jesus came to tell us about with his Good News!
A favourite activity of many kids (and let’s be honest, adults) is creating with building blocks. Selina has really discovered her love of this activity by playing along with her toddler!
Using your preferred building blocks, why not try to build the empty tomb? Do you have any figures that could be Mary and the women who visit the empty tomb Easter morning?
You could build some symbols of resurrection like chicks, eggs, rabbits or butterflies!
This is a great activity for both at-home and church.
For the really ambitious among you LEGO offers building free instructions for Easter chicks and rabbits. Or, you can purchase themed Easter kits for youth/adults.