TALK about Easter!
Today I found myself in several conversations with mommas about celebrating Easter and how to focus on Jesus during the next few weeks. One of them had a newborn and a five year old ... and others had older kids and another had three under six. My advice to all of them was the same.
My advice ...just TALK! Don't worry about finding the perfect book, saying the verses in the right order, or trying to get everyone super quiet and focused on you. Just TALK! Tell them what you know about Palm Sunday and how the crowd chanted "Hosanna" as Jesus rode in on a donkey. Talk to them about Jesus gathered with His disciples in the Upper Room. Talk about the the crown of thorns and the walk to the cross. Talk to them about the suffering Jesus endured and then talk about the surprise and the wonder when the tomb was empty!
Just TALK ... and let them TALK and ask you questions! The cross and the resurrection is something I hope we talk about every day in my home, but one reason I love the Easter and Christmas season is because it gives a season of anticipation and celebration to TALK more!
The Easter Story Egg is a great tool fo helping to get the conversation started. Keep reading to find out why I love the Easter Story Egg!
What is the Easter Story Egg?
The Story Egg is a tradition that celebrates the true meaning of Easter with 7 wooden nesting Eggs. The Story Egg begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. Each Egg within the set of nesting Eggs has a story that relates to a particular day in Holy Week, leading up to Easter Sunday. As the children open each Egg they will discover the Easter story and the journey of Jesus through Holy week.
1. Easy to Follow
- I can often get overwhelmed with holiday celebrations during times like Advent or Lent that focus on thirty or more daily activities. The Easter Story Egg starts with Palm Sunday and finishes with Easter Sunday. It's a different egg each day that focuses on Holy Week.
2. Something Tangible.
- I love it when kids can hold something in their hands ... when they can touch it and feel it. Each day they can open the egg and look at the illustration on the egg while you are talking about it. Maybe your daily routine is to simply talk about the illustrations. Something as simple as, "What do you think the jar of oil and towel represent? What part did that play in the events leading up to Jesus' death and resurrection?" I like to pair it with one of our children's Bibles like "The Big Picture Story Bible" as a read along.
Click the photo above for more info on the Easter Story Egg.