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Easter Conversations for Kids & Mini Object Lessons: Part 2 – Kitchen

Easter season is upon us!

As mentioned in Part 1 of this series on Spiritual Conversations at Easter, we’re accustomed to seeing the over-commercialized aspects of Easter all around us. Trying to keep Christ central in our child’s mind can sometimes seem difficult.

Who can compete with giant chocolate bunnies?

In the past, our family has done some fun and memorable object lessons like Resurrection Rolls, which have become tradition.  This mama LOVES object lessons – I homeschool, after all!

But for this particular Easter, I’ve decided that less is more. I’m going to focus more on intentional conversation than creating a list of endless crafts for us to do. Don’t get me wrong, I love crafts! It’s just that this season of life finds us racing to catch up. I’m choosing simplicity this Easter. I’m choosing quality conversations.

Here’s how…

Just as Jesus taught “along the way”, I want to have some go-to questions and teaching moments that I can pull out at any time of the day. Hopefully it will help foster meaningful conversation with my kiddos, despite our busy season.

The kitchen and dinner table are wonderful places for spiritual conversation about Easter with kids you love

I’d also like to reiterate what I shared in Part 1 of the series…

*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!).

These conversations can all start in the KITCHEN. As you prepare a meal, take a moment here and there to bring the story of Christ to life.

The kitchen is a perfect place for spiritual conversations with your kids

  • Sponge
    • Feel this sponge. Did you know that, during the time of Jesus, Roman soldiers who crucified criminals would give a drink to those on the cross…by placing the sponge on a spear or plant and placing it at their lips?
      • John 10:29-30 – A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
      • It was the last object that touched Jesus while he was alive.
      • What do you think Jesus meant when he said, “It is finished.”?
      • Do you think it was Jesus’ plan to die on the cross?
  • Spices
    • “Do you like the smell of cinnamon?”
      • Did you know that, at the time Jesus died, they used spices, similar to cinnamon to prepare dead people for burial?
      • John 19:40 – Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.
      • How do you think Jesus’ friends felt when they buried Jesus? Do you think they knew he would come back to life?
  • Kitchen towel or cloth napkin around bread/tortillas
    • Do you see how the towel/napkin that the bread (or tortillas) are wrapped in?
      • That reminds me of how Jesus was wrapped in a linen cloth when he died. It was a burial custom/ritual during the time Jesus lived.
      • Matthew 27:57 – And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.
    • (When all the bread is gone) Look! All the bread is gone…leaving just the cloth. The cloth was all that was left in the tomb after Jesus rose again!
      • John 20:68 – Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.
      • It was hard for the disciples to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead! Does it ever seem difficult for you to believe that Jesus rose again?

Spiritual conversations can even start with a dirty dish

  • Dishes
    • Dirty Cup
      • (Take a really dirty cup and just wipe down the outside) Look at this cup (show the outside and the inside). Let’s put some milk in it and take a drink! (kids will say, “Ew!”) What’s the big deal? It’s clean on the outside…who cares about the inside?! (kids say, “We do! That’s gross!”)
      • So, do we clean just the outside of the cup?
      • Matthew 23:26-26 – Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
      • Do you think Jesus was talking just about cups? What else could he be referring to?
      • Jesus is the only one who can clean the inside of us…that’s why he died on the cross for us! To clean us from the inside out!
    • Glass of Water
      • Do you know how much of the human body is made up of water? 60%!
      • Fill up this cup with water. When you’ve just come inside from playing outside on a hot day, what do you want to drink?
      • John 4:10-14 -“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
      • What do you think he means by “never thirst”? Was that literal or figurative?
      • Anyone who trusts in Jesus will be eternally satisfied – in heaven! He meets all of our needs forever.

*For mamas with older, curious kiddos, here’s some historical evidence for conversations about the resurrection.*

We’ve got a ton of other relevant and adorable Easter activities on our Pinterest board! There’s also this 40 Days to Easter devotional eBook you can download for free and share at meals or bedtime.

Together, we can just make a point to teach “as we go” and share the Good News regularly, while spending quality time with our little ones.

Have you had some good discussions with your kids? Share them in the comments! We need each other to stay the course…raising little Christ followers is a life work!
*photo credit to Kate Hiscock for the featured image with kitchen tools

 

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