March 26, 2015

100+ Ideas for a Christ-Centered Easter

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Easter is just around the corner!   That means jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, egg hunts, and new Easter outfits.   While I’m totally a fan of ALL of those things {especially the chocolate bunnies}, it is sometimes easy to forget the real meaning of Easter.  

As a mom, I want my kids to have fun Easter memories, but I also want to make sure I am focusing on the most important things.  So that’s why I decided to gather up LOTS of resources to help make the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection fun, memorable, AND meaningful.  

And I have to say, I was blown away with alllll of the great ideas out there!  {Thank you Pinterest!}  Below you’ll find…

Over 100 Ways to Keep Easter about Jesus

Ideas for a Christ-Centered Easter

Actually,  it comes out to a grand total of 125 Christ-Centered Easter Ideas! 

Can you believe it? I started out thinking this was going to be a small round-up, but then I kept finding more and more great ideas that I wanted to try.   I love being able to create fun, new memories with my family, but I especially love ones that will also teach my children along the way.

I have a couple of favorites that I’m sure will become regular family traditions, but I love that I’ll be able to come back to this every year and pick out a couple of new ideas to try.  So, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to pin this baby right now!  Then start scrolling to find a couple of your favorite ideas to try this year.

To make browsing easier for you, I’ve divided the ideas into 10 different categories.  That way you can just scroll down for the one you’re looking for.   

Below you’ll find Christ-Centered Easter…

  • Family Traditions
  • Activities
  • Crafts
  • Treats
  • Coloring Pages
  • Countdowns
  • Easter Baskets
  • Easter Basket Stuffers
  • Prints
  • Scripture Study Helps

What did I tell you?  LOTS of great resources to choose from!  Ready for some serious Easter inspiration?  Start Scrolling! ;)

NOTE: For more details on each idea, just click the colored title next to the number.

13 Christ-Centered Easter Family Traditions

Christ-Centered Easter Family Traditions - These are great!

 

Most of my favorite childhood memories have to do with family traditions.  When you re-create the same memory together every year it not only brings your family closer together, but also teaches your children that it’s important to you.  And I can’t think of anything that I want to teach my children about more than our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Christian Easter Family Traditions

1.  Easter TreeI love the idea of putting up an Easter tree each year.  Each Easter egg “ornament” has a symbol inside that corresponds with a lesson to teach the family about the Easter story.  

2.  Resurrection EggsThere are a lot of different DIY versions of resurrection eggs out there, but this is where you can find a set completely done for you.  (You can even use these eggs to make your own Easter Tree!)

3.  Resurrection Eggs for Toddlers-  If regular resurrection eggs are a little too complex and over your little one’s head, you should definitely check out this DIY version for toddlers!  I love how it simplifies the Easter story to their level of understanding.

4.  Easter Sunrise Breakfast-  Wake up early to watch the sunrise on Easter morning and have breakfast together on the front porch.  It’s a great reminder that even though the sun sets at night, it rises in the morning- just like Christ rose again from the tomb.

5.  Meaningful Easter Dinner-   Each place setting has a printable napkin ring with a piece of the resurrection story on it. Everyone reads their part before saying dinner prayers.  I love how easy it is to pull this off with the free printables.

6.  Host a Passover Meal-   Hosting your own family passover meal is a great way to make the scriptures come to life for your children.   This post has great ideas for teaching the symbols of passover too.  If you do this, you might also want to check out this passover meal printable!

Family Easter Traditions

7.  Go on a Family Easter WalkRead the story Easter Walk and then go on your own family walk, finding symbols that represent the Easter story.  

8.  Easter Carnation ExperimentEvery year on Easter we try to teach our children about the atonement.   I love how this simple experiment illustrates how Christ took our sins upon Him.

9.  Atonement Object LessonHere’s another great idea to help teach children about the atonement of Christ.  Object lessons are wonderful at helping children remember a lesson, especially if it’s repeated every year.  

10.  Teach Children about the ResurrectionDeath and resurrection can be complex topics for children to understand, but using visual aids (like this glove) can really help simplify it for them.

11.  Share the Easter Story with NeighborsHappy Home Fairy shares a fun Easter service idea you can do with your families the week leading up to Easter.  It involves leaving yummy Easter treats along with pieces of the Easter story.

12.  “Egg” a Friend or Neighbor’s House Another fun family Easter service idea.  And this post has ALL the printables for you to do it too, so it’s super simple to pull off.  

13.  Family Easter Service JarInstead of focusing inward on what they’re going to get from the Easter bunny, I love how this idea helps get the kids excited about serving others like Jesus did.

 

19 Christ-Centered Easter Activities

Christ Centered Easter Activities - fun ideas to help keep Easter focused on Jesus!

Children seem to learn and remember the most when they are actively engaged and having fun.  Here are some great games, books, printables and projects to get the kids involved in the Easter story.

Christ-Centered Easter Activities for Kids

14.  Easter BingoA free printable Easter Bingo card with different picture symbols.  As you tell the Easter story, the children can place jelly beans or markers over the pictures as they’re discussed.   A great way to keep them listening! 

15.  Good Friday Nature WalkA free printable Nature Walk notebook page.  It has 6 different scriptures about Good Friday along with a corresponding activity to do together on your nature walk.

16.  Resurrection Scavenger HuntThis free printable scavenger hunt sheet has a list of items to find together that represent Christ’s life, death and resurrection.  

17.  Easter Garden- Use a pot or basket, some dirt, plants and stones to create a miniature Easter garden with the kids.  You could recreate the garden of Gethsemane, the cross on Calvary or Jesus’ empty tomb.

18.  Easter ABC Fill-InA fun worksheet to complete together.  It has an Easter scripture for each letter of the alphabet with words missing for you to fill in.

19.  Easter Story Bag-  A fun idea to help keep the kids engaged while you tell the Easter story.  This wonderful site even has a script you can use to help tell the Easter story.

20.  The Story of Jesus Christ Booklet-  A free, printable booklet to put together that tells the story of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection. 

Fun Christ-Centered Easter Activities

21.  The Resurrection Printable Scripture StoryPrintable clipart to help tell the story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  You could even laminate them and add magnets to the back, so the kids can have fun re-telling the story on the fridge or any magnetic surface.  

22.  Christ-Centered Easter Children’s BooksA round-up of children’s books that focus on the true meaning of the Easter season.  Definitely some great books to add to the family library.

23.  Easter Random Acts of KindnessPrint this list of Easter Random Acts of Kindness and let the kids take turns picking one to do together.

24.  Flannelboard Easter Story-  Printable flannelboard Easter clipart.  Print them out, cover with clear contact paper, cut them out and glue small pieces of sandpaper or felt on the back of each piece to they will stick to a flannel board.  

25.  Easter Story in LegosLet the kids tell the Easter story in Legos.  If you do this, you should totally check out The Last Supper Building Block Set!

26.  Easter Play Dough Set- Use play dough to tell the Easter story!  Just download, print and laminate the story set.  Then get out some play dough and let the kids have fun.

Easter Activities for kids that help keep Easter about Jesus.

27.  Easter Story GameA fun printable Easter board game to print out and play together at home.  All you need is the printable board and a die.

28.  The First Easter Memory GameA fun memory game that also teaches your children the story of the first Easter.

29.  Resurrection Story Card GamesPrintable Easter story cards you can use to play three different games to help the kids remember the resurrection story.    

30.  Jesus Easter EggsDecorating Easter eggs is probably the most popular Easter activity, but I love how you can add a little more meaning to it simply by spelling out Jesus’ name.  It would also make a beautiful centerpiece for the table.

31.  “Jesus is Our Guiding Light” Egg HuntPut little finger lights instead of plastic Easter eggs and let the kids go on an egg hunt in the dark.  Afterward, discuss how Jesus is our guiding light and our Savior from the darkness of the world.

32.  Easter Symbol Egg HuntAdd a little more meaning to the traditional Easter egg hunt by placing symbols inside each Easter egg.  {You can get a list of symbols and printable scripture verses for each one here.}

 

15 Christ-Centered Easter Crafts

Christ Centered Easter Crafts - Fun ideas for the kids!

FUN Christian Easter arts and crafts for kids!  Great ideas to go beyond the Easter Bunny to the real reason behind Easter.

Christian Easter Crafts for Kids

33.  Printable Resurrection SetNativity sets are super popular at Christmas, but I love the idea of letting the kids make their own resurrection set at Easter.  All you need are the free printables, some empty toilet paper rolls, crayons, scissors and glue.  

34.  The Good Shepherd Craft SetIf you love the printable resurrection set, you should also check out this good shepherd set!  She even has a great lesson to go with it.

35.  Easter Resurrection SetHere’s another great printable resurrection set.   And you don’t need toilet paper rolls for this one- just some cardstock to help them stand up.  {You could even mod podge them onto blocks of wood if you wanted to, so they’ll last year after year.}

36.  Pop-Up Easter Scenes- This is a great one for older children.  Use the free printables to help your children create their own 3D Easter scenes.  They’re even interactive with tabs that you can pull to make the characters and pieces move.

37.  Easter Resurrection Pop-Up SceneThis easy, pop-up craft is great for kids of all ages and depicts Christ rising from the tomb.

38.  Palm Sunday Donkey CraftTeach the kids the story of Jesus riding the donkey on Palm Sunday with this fun and easy craft. 

39.  Jelly Bean Prayer Box- This jelly bean prayer box is a great craft project for kids that they can then use as a meaningful Easter gift for a friend or family member.

40.  Paper Plate Tomb Use their free printable, a paper plate, cardstock, craft sticks and paint to make Jesus’ tomb.

Fun Christ-Centered Easter Crafts for Kids

41.  Paper Plate Calvary HillAll you need is a paper plate, brown paper, crayons, scissors and glue to make this Calvary Hill craft.

42.  Easter Story WreathUse the free printables to make an Easter story wreath.  She’s even included printable scriptures to go with it.

43.  Salt Dough TombLet the kids make their own miniature tomb using salt dough.

44.  Cardboard Box TombUse a large cardboard box and some poster board or paper to make Jesus’ tomb.  Children love being able to go inside while hearing the story of Jesus’ resurrection. 

45.  Easter Felt Finger PuppetsUse the printable templates and tutorials to make your own Easter felt finger puppets.

46.  Hidden Easter MessageDoesn’t this Easter water color art look fun?!  Your kids will think it’s magic.  Just download the printable on I can Teach My Child.

47.  Jesus WheelThis printable craft is great for teaching children the “I Ams” of Jesus.

13 Christ-Centered Easter Treats

Christ Centered Easter Treats

I don’t know about your kids but my kids’ favorite crafts are food crafts!  Here are some fun Christian treats that are perfect for Easter.

Fun Christ-Centered Easter Treats for Kids

48.  Empty Tomb Snack-  I love that this donut tomb snack is no-bake and easy for kids to assemble!

49.  Crown of Thorns SnackCreate Christ’s crown of thorns using a cookie or cracker, some peanut butter and pieces of pretzels.  

50.  Dipped Pretzel CrossesUse melted chocolate and pretzel sticks to make Easter crosses.

51.  Colors of Faith Jelly Bean BraceletString jelly beans to make a bracelet.  It even has a printable poem explaining what each color symbolizes.  

52.  Resurrection CookiesLet the kids help make these yummy Easter cookies.  The recipe also helps you tell the Easter story!

53.  Resurrection Rolls- A wonderful (and tasty) hands-on Easter object lesson.  

54.  Resurrection Sticky Buns- Most people have tried resurrection rolls or cookies, but these resurrection sticky buns looks like a fun and delicious alternative.

Fun Christian Easter Food Crafts

55.  Lamb of God CupcakesMake lamb cupcakes with the kids and talk about what it means that Jesus is the “Lamb of God.”

56.  Resurrection Cake-  Wouldn’t it be fun to make and decorate a resurrection cake together?  Here’s another fun Resurrection Cake, if you need more cake decoration inspiration.   

57.  Surprise Cross Cake- If you’re looking for a fabulous Easter dinner dessert, you need to check out this cake.  It looks like an ordinary cake until you cut it open to reveal the surprise cross inside.

58.  Rice Krispie Easter ScenesRice Krispie treats are perfect for molding into your own Easter scene.  I love how they used Twizzlers to make the crosses.

59.  Rice Krispie Resurrection Scene-  Here’s another fun Rice Krispie Easter scene.  This one uses gum drops to make the people and angel.  

60.  Prayer PretzelsDid you know that pretzels are a traditional food for lent?  Make some homemade pretzels and talk about the symbolism of the arms crossed in prayer.

11 Christ-Centered Easter Coloring Pages

Christ Centered Easter Coloring Pages

Free printable Easter coloring pages that tell the story of the last days of Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection.  Just print!

Free Christ-Centered Easter Coloring Pages for Kids

61.  Palm SundayJesus riding the donkey with palm leaves.

62.  The Last Supper-  Jesus at the Last Supper with his apostles.

63.  Jesus Prays in the GardenJesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane.  

64.  Jesus is Betrayed- Judas betraying Jesus.

65.  Jesus on the CrossJesus on the cross on Calvary.

66.  Empty TombThe inside of the empty tomb.

Free Easter Coloring Pages

67.  He Is RisenThe stone rolled away.

68.  AlleluiaJesus is risen! 

69.  The Good ShepherdJesus as the Good Shepherd.

70.  John 3:16-  The scripture verse to color in.

71.  Resurrection Egg Coloring Pages-  Coloring pages to go with each resurrection egg!  

9 Christ-Centered Easter Countdowns 

Christ-Centered Easter Countdowns

Instead of limiting your celebrations to Easter day, you can countdown to Easter the week or two leading up to the holiday for a more meaningful and memorable experience.

Christian Easter Countdowns

72.  Easter All Week-  A printable Easter booklet for the kids to put together.  Each day of the week of Easter you read the scripture references, then talk about what happened each day during the final week of Christ’s life.

73.  8 Day Walk With ChristFree printable labels and story cards for an 8 day “walk with Christ.”  Each day you open an envelope and an egg and are led through the last week of Jesus Christ’s life.

74.  14 Day Walk With JesusPrintable lesson outlines, handouts and journal cover for a 14 day “walk with Christ.”  Each egg has a topic to help your family come closer to Christ in preparation for Easter.  Each evening you have a small lesson and activity that corresponds with the day’s topic.  There is also a handout for each day to put into a journal where you can record your feelings that day.

75.  30 Day Easter Countdown- A free pdf file to help you countdown the entire month leading up to Easter,  including daily devotional ideas and tags and artwork to cut out and display on an Easter tree.

76.  Countdown to Easter Activity CardsPrintable cards with fun activities to do in the days leading to Easter.  They don’t need to happen in any particular order and most of them are quick and easy to do.  This would also make a great, easy Easter gift!

77.  The Joy Journey- 20 Christ-centered activity cards.  Just print them off, stick them inside 20 plastic Easter eggs and let the children pick one out each night.

78.  Exploring EasterA whole week of Christ-focused activities from Thriving Family.  Simple ways to celebrate Easter with your kids, broken down into daily ideas.

79.  Easter Advent for Families- Printable advent direction cards for an 8 day countdown.   Just stick the advent cards in some envelopes and hang them up with some twine and clothespins.

80.  Day-By-Day Activities to Celebrate Easter Week-  This wonderful book has devotional ideas for every day from Palm Sunday through Easter.  It’s organized well and has great suggestions for children and adults of all ages.

5 Christ-Centered Easter Baskets

Christ Centered Easter Baskets

Fun, themed Easter baskets that also focus on the real reason for the holiday.

Christ-Centered Easter Basket Ideas

81.  Resurrection BasketFree printable pack to make your own resurrection basket!  The printable eggs spell out “Jesus is Risen.”  Each egg has a letter at the top and part of a poem on the bottom.  When read all together in sequence, it tells the story of Christ’s resurrection.  She even has a girl and a boy version!

82.  Jesus Baskets- Instead of a regular Easter basket, put together a Jesus basket.  It’s still full of candy and eggs, but everything in it is also a symbol of Christ.  The idea is to replace the trinkets and toys with items that will have a connection to the Savior.

83.  Easter Basket Alternative- Instead of getting Easter baskets from the Easter bunny, I love this idea for making the atonement more personal.  You can read her blog for all the details, but basically you have an object lesson the night before about sins.  The next morning, Christ has paid for your sins and replaced them with gifts or blessings.

84.  Christ-Centered Easter Basket- Lots of fun ideas for Easter basket stuffers that point to Jesus- the true reason we celebrate Easter.

85.  Scripture Egg Easter Basket- Some great Easter basket filler ideas with corresponding printable scripture eggs.

24 Christ-Centered Easter Basket Stuffers

Christ Centered Easter Basket Stuffers - these are cute!

Fun, Christ-centered Easter gift ideas that are perfect for Easter Basket fillers!  {Or just a quick and easy meaningful gift!} 

Christ-Centered Easter Basket Fillers

86.  The Jelly Bean Story- Fill a bag with jelly beans and add the free printable story tag.  

87.  M&M Easter PoemFill a bag or jar with Easter M&Ms and attach the free printable poem.  

88.  The Stone was ROLO-ed AwayFill a small bag with ROLOs and add the free printable tag.

89.  No “Bunny” Loves You Like JesusAttach the free printable tag to a chocolate Easter bunny.

90.  No “Bunny” Loves You Like Jesus (Peeps)Attach the free printable gift tag to some Easter bunny peeps.

91.  He Knows the Hairs on Your HeadAttach the free printable tag to a hair bow or clip.

Christ-Centered Easter Basket Stuffers

92.  Clothe Yourselves with the Lord-  Wrap up a new Easter outfit or dress and add the free printable scripture tag.

93.  Clean Hand and a Pure HeartAttach the printable Easter tag to a bottle of hand soap or sanitizer.

94.  Jesus is the RockAttach the printable Easter tag to pop rocks OR rock candy! 

95.  He is the PotterFill a mason jar with some homemade (or store-bought) play dough and add the printable tag.

96.  Jesus Cares, No EGG-ceptionsFill a small bag with Easter egg candies (like Cadbury minis) and attach the free, printable treat bag topper.

97.  Easter Pencil PrintablePoke some new pencils through these cute Easter pencil printables.

Easy, Christ-Centered Easter Gifts

98.  The Lamb of God-  Attach the printable tag to a stuffed animal lamb.

99.  Fishers of MenAttach the printable tag to a bag of goldfish crackers or Swedish fish candies.

100.  Easter Verses for ChildrenThe printable Easter egg verses are perfect for adding to their Easter baskets.

101.  Jesus Egg- Follow the directions to make the baby Jesus, then stick it inside a plastic Easter egg along with  some Easter grass, a wooden cross and the printable tag.

102.  Empty Easter Egg PoemJust stick the free printable poem in the basket along with an empty plastic Easter egg.

103.  Egg-stra Special Egg-  Fill a plastic Easter egg with candy, then attach the free printable tag.

Fun and Easy Christ-Centered Easter Gifts

104.  “Measure” of the Gift of Christ-  Attach the free printable tag to a ruler.

105.  Colors of Christ Egg Coloring Kit- Attach the free printable cover to a PAAS egg coloring kit.

106.  “Why Do We Celebrate Easter” Flip BookA wonderful flip book that talks about the real reason we celebrate Easter.

107.  Pictures of Christ- Instead of just candy, you can also fill plastic Easter eggs with little pictures of Christ!

108.  Scripture Stickers-  Scripture stickers are a great Easter basket stuffer and help the scripture stories come to life.

109.  Real Easter Bunnies- Here’s a fun way to incorporate the Easter bunny but still focus on the real reason for the holiday.  Just print out the cute picture and stick it in their basket.

12 Christ-Centered Easter Prints

Christ-Centered Easter Prints

I love decorating my home for the holidays, but it can be hard to find Easter decorations outside of all the bunnies, carrots, and chicks.  Here are some gorgeous wall art prints that focus on Christ and the atonement.

Christ-Centered Easter Wall Prints

110.  He is RisenFree watercolor Easter printable by Craftberry Bush.

111.  He Has RisenThree free Easter printables by The 36th Avenue.

112.  My Redeemer Lives-  Free Easter printable by Yellow Bliss Road.

113.  Christ the Lord is Risen TodayFree Easter chalkboard printable by Hymns and Verses.

114.  He is Not Here for He is RisenGorgeous Easter print by Dear Lillie.

115.  He Has Risen Just as He SaidFree printable by Gimme Some Oven.

Christian Easter Wall Art

116.  Matthew 28:5-6-  Free printable by One Dog Woof.

117.  Silly Rabbit Easter is for JesusVinyl Wall Decal by WelcomingWalls.

118.  By His Wounds We are Healed- Free printable by Moritz Fine Designs.

119.  Death is ConqueredFree printable in 5 colors by Capital B.

120.  Hosanna-  Free Easter printable by Mostly Homemade Mom.

121.  Easter BannerAnd, we had to include this free, printable Easter banner by Whimsicle Design Studio.

4 Christ- Centered Easter 

Scripture Study Helps

Christ Centered Easter Scripture Study Helps

Amazing scripture study guides, handouts and helps to grow closer to Christ this Easter!

Easter Scripture Study Helps

122.  The Last Hours of Christ’s Life Study PacketA study packet about the last week of Christ’s life.  It takes you from the betrayal of Christ after Gethsemane, to the crucifixion and includes the details of what happened while he was on the cross.

123.  The Last Days of Christ Handouts-  Printable cover sheet, bookmarks and 15 pages of daily handouts walking you through the last days of Christ’s life.

124.  Developing Christ-Like AttributesA wonderful handout from our very own Diva Courtney (of All Things Bright and Beautiful) to assess yourself on how you’re doing developing Christ-Like attributes.  I think this would be a wonderful Easter activity.

125.  Names of Christ Study Flip BookA printable book to help you study the names of Christ in the scriptures.  There are 72 names to study and they have a version for girls and guys.

See?!  What did I tell you?  TONS of great resources and ideas right at your fingertips.  Pick a few to try this year, then pin this post so you can keep coming back each Easter to try some new ones.  With this many ideas- you’ll never run out! 

HAPPY EASTER!

Oh, and if you liked this post, don’t forget to check out 12 Ways to Keep CHRIST in Christmas.  It’s full of wonderful ideas you’ll want to save for Christmas time!

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