Easter is such a fun time. I love spending extra time with family, the extra pay Mr. Sunshine gets for working over the long weekend, the activities I can do with the girls and just the general happy atmosphere.... oh yeah, and the chocolate!
But for us the most important thing at Easter time is remembering that Jesus died and rose again so that we might have eternal life.
How we teach this to Miss 2 & Miss 11mths:
1. Read bible stories about Easter which gives us the opportunity to talk about the real meaning behind Easter;
"Miss 2, did you know that Easter is soon?" (Miss 2 nods head).
"Did you know that Jesus died on the cross so that we could go to heaven one day and be with God?". (Miss speech-delayed 2 says "wow")
"Isn't it great that we can be with Jesus one day in heaven?" (Miss 2 nods head).
Of course, there will be a limit as to what a 2 year old can understand.
I imagine one day we will talk more about the actual death, I know this can be a hard topic with little kids. As Miss 2 is already being introduced to the idea that Jesus died on the cross she will grow up knowing why it happened, I will say things like "Yes, Jesus died on the cross... so that we could go to heaven. He made a huge sacrifice, didn't he?"... "but guess what, he rose again!".
If my girls seem to be scared or worried about death I can comfort them with the thought that after death, there is heaven where Jesus is waiting for us!
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2. We thank God for the sacrifice made for us when we pray. And even though Miss 2 isn't able to say many words at the moment, she does listen attentively to us praying. We pray before every meal (if we forget, Miss 2 reminds us!) and before naps/bedtime and sometimes I will pray with the kids randomly through out the day (if they are having trouble behaving, if I am an upset & cranky Mummy etc).
3. Bible-based Easter crafts are just as fun as any other crafts! I have found this is just another way to reinforce the true meaning behind Easter and talk to the kids about it all over again!
1. Hand Print Easter Wreath
2. Cross lacing: