You guys, I cannot believe that Easter is less than a month away. Wasn’t Christmas just yesterday??? Gee willikers (do people even say that anymore? I say that all too often, haha)
Over the past 4 years I’ve collected a few Easter resources that we really enjoy and I want to share a new resource that I am SO excited about! Here are a few of our favorite Easter resources.
Easter books! I LOVE children’s literature. Like really, really, really love children’s literature, A LOT! If I could, I would buy a new book every day, I just love them! Anytime there’s an opportunity for a themed collection of books, I’m all over it! Here are some of our favorite Easter books and why we love them.
The Easter Cave by Carol Wedeven is my favorite. It is repetitive which younger kiddos love. It focuses on specific pieces of the full story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. From the tomb, to the rooster crowing, to Jesus, then the crown, the guards, the nails that sting, the women who cried, the stone that was rolled away, the angel and lastly the friends with the good news. It opens up room for discussion and while it’s simple, it’s not dumbed down. Definitely a must have!
The Very First Easter Board Book by Paul L. Maier. We have the board book which is a simplified version of the actual book, I have not read the full book so I can’t speak for that version. Both books are a historical account of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The board book is very simplified, maybe a little too much? but the pictures open up opportunities for discussion. We have had some great discussions about the pictures and what is portrayed in the pictures.
“God Gave Us Easter” by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I really like Lisa Tawn Bergren. I haven’t read all of her books but the books I have read I really enjoy. This one does talk about Santa and the Easter Bunny, so if you don’t do those, it may be confusing for your kiddos. On the flip side, there are some great questions answered that your kiddos may ask as well.
A few years ago we made a resurrection garden. It was so much fun to do and while we didn’t use it any specific way, it was fun to put together and to retell the story of Jesus rising from the dead.
We’ve also incorporated Oh Amanda’s Un-Easter Baskets. These are a great alternative to the Easter basket and have so much more meaning. You should definitely check them out!
And now to share a new resource that I’m so excited about! For three years now, during Christmas, we do “Truth in the Tinsel” which is an amazing advent experience for young kiddos. I look forward to it every year. Well this year Amanda, the creator of Truth in the Tinsel, came out with “A Sense of the Resurrection.”
It’s 12 lessons that take you through a sensory experience of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Because it’s brand new, we haven’t done all of the lessons but we did start with the first lesson and I can’t tell how excited I am to continue.
For the first lesson we read John 12:1-8 where Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with oil. The activity for that passage was to make Mary’s perfume. We decorated glass jars, filled them with essential oil and olive oil and stuck bamboo skewers in them. Every time we walk past them it is a reminder to thank Jesus for dying on the cross for our sins. It is a constant reminder of Christ’s sacrifice.
The conversations are rich, the text is the Bible, the activities are unforgettable. So so great! The e-book is only $7.99 but right now, until March 28th, you can use code OHEASTER at this link and get 20% off. Although the lessons can be pretty deep, you can simplify them for preschoolers. A lot of the materials are materials you’ll already have around the house. This is an investment of time and money that you won’t regret! Go check it out!