Friday, April 06, 2007

Easter


I received an email from Focus on the Family that had some wonderful ideas to teach your children about the true meaning of Easter, while still enjoying eggs and Easter baskets. The article, entitled "Finding Easter in Bunnies and Baskets", has some great ideas for teaching the true meaning of Easter while decorating eggs and had ways to compare a real bunny with some of the messages of Easter. It also highlighted the importance of making sure your children understand some of the words we associate with Easter, words we as adults know, but might confuse kids.
Like the author says, "Bunnies, eggs, baskets and more can become tools that parents use to bring a greater understanding of the message of Easter. With just a little creativity, all these symbols that often replace the real significance of Easter can be the very things that make the holiday full and rich with spiritual meaning."

I personally like this idea as I know that Pumpkin will be surrounded with all these symbols as he gets older. Now I have some ideas on how to teach him about Christ through the symbols, instead of just trying to ignore them.
Back when I first started teaching I was a fifth grade teacher at a Christian school. As a class we made Easter cookies that symbolized Christ's suffering, crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection by reading Scriptures that went along with the ingredients and recipe. If I can find the directions, I will post them.
I love doing things with kids more than just talking to them about things. The object lessons from cooking and crafting can mean so much more, and the lessons often stick with a child longer.

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4 comments:

Kelli said...

Wishing you and your family and blessed Easter, Kimberly!
Kelli

Jodi said...

Kimberly -

Wishing you and yours a joyful celebration this Resurrection Sunday! Blessings ~

Kimberly said...

Thank you both! Happy Easter to you all as well.

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

I've got a recipe for Easter Story meringue cookies. I'll try to remember to send it to you!

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