Easter is one of my favorite religious holidays, but it’s kind of hard to teach kids about it. Talking about death with kids is not an easy subject. I know I avoid talking about death with my kids most of the time because I don’t want them to worry about death. However, Easter is all about the how Jesus died and then rose from the dead. So when it comes to Easter this is one time when I want to talk to my kids about death.
So how to you teach kids about Easter without it being all doom and gloom? First off find some fun Easter activities that center around Jesus and Bible. We baked cookies using Easter themed cookie cutters comprised of a Bible, a church, a lamb, and a cross.
We also found these coloring pages that say “Happy Easter” & “He Has Risen”.
And last but not least, we read a few bible stories that explain what Easter is all about from The Beginner’s Bible (which I really think is a great bible for kids…my 8-year-old has been reading through it as a part of his homeschool lessons). We read about how Jesus was arrested and crucified. And how three days later Jesus rose from the dead and saw Mary. We also read about how Jesus appeared to the disciples and about when Jesus went to heaven.
If you don’t have a good kid’s bible, another great resource for teaching kids about Easter is the Kid’s Bible App that you can download on your tablet or smartphone. It’s full of fun interactive bible stories. To learn about Easter with this app download the following stories:
- A Goodbye Meal (the last supper)
- In the Garden (Jesus is arrested)
- It is finished (The cross)
- A Happy Sunday (The Empty tomb)
- Into the Clouds (Jesus returns to heaven)
We will still enjoy the non-religious parts of Easter such as dyeing eggs, having Easter egg hunts, and getting an Easter basket. But I also want my kids to know the real meaning of Easter and that this holiday isn’t just about bunnies, colorful eggs, and candy.