How Do You Share the Easter Message With Your Kids?

Easter Books for Kids

Each year, around this time, I start seeing the bunny- and egg- themed trinkets in the stores, along with the pastel candy wrappers.  Why, oh, why does candy have to be a major focus of each and every major holiday?!  I know it’s just to derail my efforts at staying in shape!

Anyway, with all the allure of Easter Baskets and a mysterious, life-sized bunny who breaks into our houses at night, it’s hard to keep the focus on the real message of Easter: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ! There are so many fun things we can do to keep Christ’s death and resurrection in the forefront of our families and teach the important messages of redemption!  While at Christmas, many kids see Jesus as merely a baby, Easter brings home His full purpose for coming to earth.

One thing that we do is to make Resurrection Buns! (Click here to get the recipe).  You put “Jesus” (aka Marshmallow) inside the “tomb” (aka. Biscuit dough) and after they cook, the tomb is empty!  These are fun to make for Easter Morning, but you can really do it any time in the lead up to the holiday.

Children’s books and stories are also a great way to keep the focus on Jesus. Even if they are overwhelmed with bunny ears and chocolate at the stores, read a book before bed and they will think about it as they drift off to sleep!

What do you do in your family to focus on Jesus at Easter? I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Here are some of our favorite books that share the message of Christ’s resurrection. (click the images to see more info about each book). The Flowering Cross is my absolute favorite; my kids ask for it over and over.

Easter Book-God Made Spring

Easter Book- The Story of Easter

Easter Book- The Flowering Cross

Easter Book- Sharing with You

Easter Book- I Believe bunny

Easter Book- Nana's Bible Stories

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  1. Jackie
    Twitter: luv2beamom
    says:

    I love your resurrection bun recipe. We do decorate eggs, but I try to make sure my children know the true meaning of Easter. I think my older two have a good understanding of what Easter is all about.

    Also, thanks for the giveaway.
    .-= Jackie´s last blog ..Menu Plan for the Week of March 7th. =-.

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  2. Chele
    Twitter: CheleChestnut
    says:

    I totally agree with the candy thing… we throw out so much candy every holiday! None of the holiday’s we celebrate are about candy! LOL. Anyway, we make sure to be present at church during the season of Easter first and foremost! Also, our church gave out these plastic eggs for the 12 days before easter in an egg carton. So cool! The eggs are numbered and in each egg are items and scripture. For example the first egg is from Matthew 21:11 showing how the people waived palm branches. The egg has a palm leaf in it. :) Maybe I should share all 12 on my blog and link to you! LOL. We try hard to make the holidays about Jesus not retail!
    .-= Chele´s last blog ..GGM – Be Truthful =-.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    Yeah, CHele, that’s a good idea! If you write that post, send me a link so I can add it.

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  3. Funkidivagirl
    Twitter: Funkidivagirl
    says:

    We use Resurrection Eggs to help tell us the meaning of Easter. I do give Easter Baskets for fun with a little candy, but mostly books and dvds or games. I don’t think that we will dye eggs this year, but make cookies instead.
    .-= Funkidivagirl´s last blog ..Things I Like: Paddywax Candles =-.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    My kids love to make resurrection eggs, too! We do usually dye eggs, it’s such a fun art project for them!

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  4. Those look like great books. I can’t hop on in time for the show, but I’ll still have to check those out. Thanks for the post!!

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  5. I never saw any of those books before. I am a reviewer for Thomas Nelson, but always get the adult books. Our home library could use some newholiday books for children.

    Thanks for the super tip!
    .-= niki´s last blog ..Spice Up Your Frugal Life! =-.

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  6. We try to read a lot of religious themed Easter books, and make sure that our daughter’s Easter basket includes books and religious toys/games. We have an Easter egg hunt, but we don’t do the Easter Bunny thing. To be honest, I never understood the concept of the Easter Bunny. Santa Claus I “get”, but not the Easter Bunny! lol We also go to a children’s Easter service.
    .-= SkylarKD´s last blog ..Planning a Frugal Birthday Party for Kids =-.

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  7. Debbi Flowers says:

    Since the boys are still fairly young, we have a book called “The Easter Story” by Patricia Pingry that is geared to teaching young children about the story of Easter. The boys have never really been allowed candy since they all have had horrible reflux since birth and keep to a low sugar diet, so we decorate eggs and explain how the Easter Bunny came about, but how that isn’t really the true meaning of Easter. Each year they have a better understanding of things.

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  8. The main thing we do is go to church a lot! We are Episcopalians, so we attend services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil (Saturday night), and Easter morning–that’s about 9 hours of church in 8 days. I talk with my son, who is 5, about the meaning of each service before and after we attend.

    I read him the real Bible instead of children’s versions, most of the time. During Lent, especially the last week, we focus on the Gospel.

    I like to listen to Jesus Christ, Superstar just before Easter. My son likes it too, and we talk about it. It’s the story of Jesus’ last week; I tell him the Resurrection is like Act III. :-)
    .-= ‘Becca´s last blog ..We Eat This. =-.

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  9. Great tips and ideas! This definitely has been weighing on my heart heavily since Graham is now getting older and starting to “get it”. We have always done the stories with him, even before he could talk, about Jesus and his love and what he did for us. It warms my heart to hear his prayers at night and to see his little heart start to love God as well.

    I will definitely have to check out the Resurrection buns because they sound like a great addition to include!
    .-= Felicia´s last blog ..Make Your Own "Deli" Meat. Save Money and Sodium Intake! =-.

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  10. This year I’m getting my 4 year old twins the new “What’s In the Bible” video from Veggie Tales along with new preschool bibles. We’ll watch the video and read the Easter passage in their bibles. ( Info about the video is at http://www.whatsinthebible.com)

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  11. Well, I know somebody is going to, um, crucify me for this, but we focus on the Resurrection by not having an Easter bunny. If there is a secular egg hunt, we do it. (Like at a friend’s house.) We don’t attend the church ones because it makes no sense to us. An egg hunt is a cute and fun spring rite, but spring fun and new frilly dresses and the Resurrection don’t have much to do with one another. We enjoy both (one in a much more serious way than the other, of course), but we try to keep them separate.

    Thanks for posting the Resurrection Buns. I went looking for those a few nights ago, but couldn’t find them for some reason.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    We don’t have the Easter Bunny, either! Although we do color eggs, and all that. I think a life-size, breaking and entering bunny is kind of scary, if you ask me! ;-)

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