Hey y’all! We got to celebrate a little differently this year…not that the way we had been celebrating was bad, but we just wanted to change it up a bit. We started out basic this year since the girls are 3 1/2 and 5 and plan to add more as the years go on. I’d (Beth) like to start even a little bit earlier…around Lent-ish time, maybe. This year’s Easter just crept up on me!
Anyways, we checked out Sojourn’s website for some kid-friendly Palm Sunday activities and came up with this! I cut and pasted some stuff, but it was really fun to reenact the “Triumphal Entry” story. Firstly though, we traced the girls hands 3x’s and cut them out and taped them to a popsicle stick for the “palm leaves”. Then, we prefaced the story a little bit and asked the Big Question (from the Sojourn link) of Who is Jesus? They answered so energetically, “Hosanna, Jesus is the Savior King!” The girls’ favorite part was acting out the story ;) Will (of course!) was Jesus, I was the person who laid down the coats (yeah, we busted out our winter jackets!) on the ground, the girls were waving said “palm” leaves and then, me and the girls switched to the Pharisees. Pah! Good times…we prayed and then, they wanted to do it again! It was neat b/c all throughout the week, randomly the girls would shout, “Hosanna, Jesus is the Savior King!”
Then, I had seen a couple of different cute ideas about how to keep Easter about the Resurrection…so, here’s what we did:
-Thursday, we and our friends upstairs made these stained glass crosses and explained that the cross is empty b/c Jesus is alive! (Left one is Mahaney’s and right one is Maddie’s)
-Friday, we gathered all of our materials for our Resurrection Garden! We’ve seen these all over the internet and wanted to try it out. We followed this particular one by Oh Amanda and really liked the aspect of gathering leaves, twigs for the crosses and flowers for Friday and talking about the story of Jesus’ death…
…and as the day went on and Saturday went on, the plants withered painting a picture of sadness and death.
– But on Sunday morning, we started getting all excited b/c the girls knew that the Resurrection Garden would change, but they didn’t know how! Before going into see the garden, we wanted to get the Resurrection Rolls in the oven! So, we told them briefly and simply how people back in the day used to bury people by using oils (melted butter) and spices (cinnamon sugar) and wrapped them up and put them in a tomb (the wrapped up crescent roll). We popped those suckers in the oven and went on to see about this Resurrection Garden!
That morning, I got up early and went back out and replaced all of the tattered leaves and flowers with new, fresh, vibrant ones showing that Jesus brings new life! It was fun for the girls to help get it all together, made and hear the story that we’ve heard a few times, but seeing it come to life for them was really neat. Buggy wanted to keep the little Jesus I made from a pipecleaner ;)
It was a fun, relaxing Easter and I would love to add some things to these traditions next year. We also drew the Jesus dying on the cross story in henna w/the girls and they wanted to show it off to their friends/teachers at school!