For Parents of Little Ones

Illustration by Dan Burr

The word gratitude usually makes us think of Thanksgiving, but Easter can be a holiday full of gratitude too—especially gratitude for the Savior! Easter is on April 1 this year, so now is a perfect time to help your young children think about Jesus.

Here are some ideas to help your child feel grateful for Jesus:

  • Fill Easter eggs with small pictures of Jesus, like the pictures on page FJ3. Have an egg hunt. After the eggs are found, put the pictures in order to talk about the life of Jesus Christ. Help children understand that Easter is a time to remember the things Jesus has done for us.

  • Fill in the blank: “Thank you, Jesus, for _________________.” Write your child’s ideas on sticky notes and fill up a window or a mirror. Help them draw pictures—stick figures are OK!

  • Watch videos about Jesus at BibleVideos.org. Don’t forget to share your own testimony of Jesus Christ.

  • Emphasize gratitude in your family prayers. Before praying, ask for ideas about what everyone is grateful for. You could even make that question a regular part of family prayer time!