There’s no question that Easter is totally commercialized in America.
We see bunnies, chicks and plastic grass everywhere we look from February 15th until Easter Sunday. But, how can we continue to bring the cross to the forefront of our kiddos’ minds?
But this season of life is particularly busy. I sat down yesterday to pin fun Easter activities and got excited. But, it didn’t take long before I felt completely overwhelmed.
I’m having trouble keeping up with laundry, meal planning (planning, HA!) and housework, so how can I possibly add to the list? I’ll spare you a picture of my house in its current state…although I assume it would leave you feeling REALLY good about yourself.
I’ve decided I need freedom from adding something to my to-do list. Freedom from a picture-perfect craft “worthy” of social media. That’s why I have resolved to go about Easter a little differently this year. Through intentional conversations.
Just like Jesus taught “along the way”, I want to have an arsenal of engaging questions that I can pull out at any time throughout the season to foster meaningful conversation with my little ones.
Being extremely visual, I decided to set myself up for success by using objects I see as “triggers” for teaching moments anywhere and everywhere.
*These aren’t meant to be asked in any order.* This list is simply composed of conversation starters that allow us to talk about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection throughout the season.
*A few can even be used as “mini object lessons”.* Simply by seeing, touching, or smelling what’s around us and utilizing it in discussion, we can successfully drive the point home (while have a fun experience!).
As you drive to/from errands, point to the bright sun. You can say something like, “Wow, our sun is so bright! Can you believe it is 93 million miles away and yet still has enough light for us to see here on earth…and enough heat that we can feel its warmth here too?”
- Did you know that Jesus is called the “light of the world”? Why do you think that is?
- John 8:12 – When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
- What might it mean to “walk in darkness”?
- Do you feel you’ve ever walked in darkness?
- Did you know, that when Jesus died on the cross, that it got really dark outside? Why do you think that happened?
- Matthew 7:45 – From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.
- How do you think others felt when the sky got dark as Jesus was on the cross? Scared? Worried?
- After Jesus died and rose again, he left us his Holy Spirit so that we could be the light of the world too!
- He told us how important it is to be the light of the world in Matthew 5:14-16. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
- Our good deeds help others see Jesus! What ways can we act like Jesus (the light of the world)?
When you’re walking around a park or your neighborhood, talk about the beautiful green grass, blossoming flowers and fluttering butterflies. “Look, the grass is so green and flowers are everywhere! Spring is here! There’s all kinds of new life springing up all around us.”
- Did you know that Jesus’ friend Mary saw him outside of the tomb after he had risen? And that she thought he was a gardener?!
- John 20:15 – He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
- Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
- How do you think Mary felt after she saw realized it was Jesus, not a gardener, walking around after she watched him die on the cross?
- Have you seen that some flowers face towards the sun throughout the day?
- Some flowers are “Heliotropic” and appear to “follow the sun”. They turn during the day so that they can soak up as much direct sunlight as possible. See if you can find any that are pointing to the sun.
- If Jesus is the light of the world, should we be like those flowers and follow “source of life”?
- See if you can catch a butterfly! While, watching or chasing the butterfly ask, “Do you know what it means that Jesus brings ‘new life’?”
- He can make the old, yucky sin in our lives new again. Jesus died to replace the death we deserved from our yucky sins…and when he came back to life, gave us a “new life”.
- Like a butterfly changes from a fuzzy little caterpillar into a gorgeous butterfly, we can become new because of Jesus.
*For mamas with inquisitive kiddos, here’s some historical evidence for conversations about the resurrection with older children.*
If you’re feeling ambitious and desire a fun centerpiece, you can print out these cute conversation starters and place them in Easter eggs on the dinner table. Just know, they’re not spiritual in nature. Just don’t get overwhelmed like I did. Let’s remember that the Lord calls us to share His story with kids – but we don’t need to feel compelled to “entertain” or create something that’s pin-worthy.
We also have Part 2 of this series which includes all sorts of teaching moments right inside of your kitchen!