Holy Week Family Devotions!
Experience an interactive and meaningful Easter with your kids without prepping complicated crafts. Daily devos run from Palm Sunday to Easter Monday. Each has a daily Bible reading with optional pages from the Jesus Storybook Bible and a Scripture video. Includes discussion questions for preschoolers and elementary kids, and a fun activity with normal household items. Perfect for a Christ-centered Easter!
I worked in paid children’s ministry for 15 years, and before that I was a volunteer for many years. I also have kids of my own that I have experimented on extensively. 😜
Remember, telling your kids the story may not look like a perfect little Sunday School picture with your kids sitting raptly at your knee, because you and your kids are imperfect! If your kids squirm or get distracted, that is totally normal. That’s why we celebrate once per year!! You’ll have another chance next year to approach it in a different way.
If you’re the crafty sort, here are some really simple crafts you can do without too much prep or mess. I’m a big fan of crafts that don’t have a specific outcome, like painting and creative displays, because I think kids learn more from creating art than from cutting out a picture and slapping it on in a specific spot. If I use those, it’s always to create a craft that can double as a toy, like the clothespin tomb craft below. Otherwise, it’s just busy work that ends up in the garbage!
Contrary to popular lore, Easter eggs don’t just come from an ancient pagan festival. There may still be some of that, but eggs have two direct connections to Easter:
- Jewish people use an egg as part of the Passover meal. Before the temple was destroyed in 70 AD, they would eat lamb which was either sacrificed on the temple altar or symbolized the temple sacrifice. After the destruction of the temple, a new custom rose up. There is now just a lamb bone at the Passover Seder meal (not the meat), and eggs are eaten instead of lamb. Since Easter is essentially the ultimate Passover celebration, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to include eggs! (source)
- For Christians, the empty egg is symbolic of the empty tomb. (source)
For those 2 reasons, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to use Easter eggs as part of your fun family tradition! You could even explain these two reasons to your kids, if you like.
These Holy Week family devotions are a perfect fit for the following:
Don’t love these ideas? Try this book instead: A Sense of the Resurrection