I really enjoy receiving the Thriving Family magazine.  They had some special Easter ideas.  We  took part in a few of them!

Place a white carnation in a vase. Read 1 Peter 1:18-19. Discuss with your children what it meant that Jesus was a “lamb without blemish or defect.” Add a dozen drops of red food coloring to the water. Watch what happens over the next two or three days. Use the red flower petals as a reminder that Jesus took our sins upon himself when He died on the Cross.

A few days before Easter Chad purchased the flowers.  As part of our betime Bible time, we read the verse together.  The boys dropped the red coloring into the vase of water, and place in the white carnations.  By Easter morning they looked like this…

 The boys thought this was so neat.  What a neat visual!

I got the idea of a scavenger hunt from the same resource.

Send your children on an Easter scavenger hunt. Instruct them to find items that symbolize different parts of the Easter story. Examples: A rock (the tomb), two sticks (the Cross), something black (sin), something red (blood), something white (a clean heart), something green (growing in Christ). Older children can go on a digital scavenger hunt, taking photographs of items that remind them of Easter.

We did this hunt before my boys received their Easter baskets.  Easter is about Jesus, and I want to make sure they know that!  They really enjoyed the hunt.  We took delight in watching them find each item.  As they found each item, they brought it to us on the porch.  Then we would read the verse that corresponds with each item.  Of course they were excited to receive their baskets,  but I really felt like they appreciated what we did.  It’s too late to use this year, but try it next year!

I made this file to share with you:  Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

I pray that you and your family were able to celebrate the true meaning of this special holiday!

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