My kids love Easter. And why wouldn’t they? It’s the latest in the line of commercialized holidays focused on chocolates, treats, and trinkets.
Knowing that Easter is not about bunnies, baskets, and egg hunts, and wanting my kids to understand the same, I looked online for ideas to focus the holiday more on Jesus Christ. A few years ago we started making these resurrection rolls on Easter Sunday. I found that it was a fun way to teach my kids about the significance of the Savior’s sacrifice and the miracle of His Resurrection. And the kids look forward to it every year.
If you’re like me and you’re looking for new Easter traditions focused on the Savior, here are some quick and easy ideas to try.
Walk through Holy Week
I found this day-by-day breakdown of Easter week on mormon.org to be really effective in teaching my Primary class. They liked that it was visual, it was short, and it helped them understand what happened leading up to the Savior’s death and Resurrection. At home, you could use the site to spend 5–10 minutes each day (maybe before family prayer) talking about what happened on that day more than 2,000 years ago. For my family, the pictures and short synopses were good springboards for my kids to ask questions and for us to look up the answers in the scriptures. It also gave my husband and me opportunities to bear testimony of the Savior and why His life, death, and Resurrection still matter today.
Make a Hosanna Palm
For young kids, a story with a craft can go a long way in teaching a gospel principle. A fun way to teach your kids about “welcoming” the Savior into their lives is by making these “hosanna palms.” Teach your children about the Savior’s triumphal entry on Palm Sunday by reading Matthew 21:1, 6–11. Emphasize how Jesus’s followers welcomed Him as a king by waving palm fronds and shouting “Hosanna!” Have your kids make their own palms by cutting five or six handprints out of green paper (or use white paper and color them green). Glue them to a craft stick so that they look like palm fronds. On the back of the cutouts, invite your kids to write this sentence and fill in the blank: “I can welcome Jesus more into my life by __________________.”