This year, my 13 and 7 year old wake up every morning and hunt for an egg with candy in it. I hid one for each of them. (I stuck a plastic egg to the fridge simply by sticking a strong magnet inside!) I researched, gathered ideas and pre-planned an activity for each day and printed them out on fun pastel paper. I cut out each day’s countdown in a little strip and roll it up to put into one of the eggs. Our activities include sweet homemade treats, fun crafts, games, and science experiments. I’ve found that in the hustle and bustle of getting ready for a holiday or vacation, having these little things planned to do together really give us time to enjoy each other, when we might not make the time for it because it’s busy. Here are some of my ideas from this year. You are welcome to use them, leave some out or change it to work for your family! Because we are just barely into this year’s countdown, I don’t have a lot of pictures of the kids doing things. So, I have looked up a lot of links so that you can click on them and quickly see how to do these things.
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Day 1 Daily Devo/ Prayer Journals (Give them their journals, and explain that we’re going to be doing devotions together each morning.) http://thedeliberatemom.com/build-faith-with-your-children/
2 Easter bunny pancakes for breakfast
3 Read & Play Right Left Easter Story (they pass a chocolate prize every time they hear “left” or “right” & whomever has it at the end gets to eat it! Story included below)
4 Egg Science Experiments! ( Naked egg, sugar egg, water squirting egg) http://www.science-sparks.com/2011/08/29/shrinking-eggs/
5 Craft Day: paper rolling (Quilling)
6 Reverse Egg Hunt (I changed this to work for my kids to do in the house) http://www.growingkidsministry.com/events/easter/reverse-easter-egg-hunt-great-for-older-kids-even-teens/
7 Fingerprint Easter cards http://blog.chickabug.com/2014/04/easter-bunny-chick-fingerprint-craft.html
8 Easter Hedbanz ( I made cards of characters from the Easter story, using coloring pages shrunk to card size)
10 Easter corners (Look up the rules for the game, “Corners” and name the corners for Easter, like “Empty tomb, chocolate bunny, Egg…” We play this using the corners of our dining room table.)
11 Crown of thorns centerpiece (pin) http://www.waltzingm.com/2011/03/crown-of-thorns.html?m=1
12 Science! Growing Crystal bunny http://creeksidelearning.com/cool-science-experiments-growing-crystals/
13 Watch Veggie Tales Easter DVDs
14 Glowing egg hunt (put glow sticks in eggs and let the kids hunt them in the dark)
15 Resurrection Eggs (We bought this at a Christian bookstore. We use it yearly, as it reminds the kids of the reason we celebrate)
16 Yarn ball bunnies https://magnoliamarket.com/diy-yarn-bunnies/
17 Delicate bird’s nests http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/2010/04/sweet-birds-nests.html
18 Science! Jelly Bean tower http://thesciencepenguin.com/2015/03/easter-science-activities-with-jelly-beans.html
19 Easter Charades http://www.myteenguide.com/cool-easter-party-games-for-teens-tweens/
20 You’ve been egged! (Found on Pinterest! Surprise another family with an egg hunt in their yard!) We dressed in black and the kids really got into our covert mission! Somehow, both families we “egged” figured out that it was us though!
21 Egg dying
22 Egg hunt with cousins
23 Resurrection Rolls http://allrecipes.com/recipe/84289/resurrection-rolls/
24 Easter Sunday!
We didn’t complete the yarn bunny and didn’t play charades, but we did another fun activity, which required me to crack our eggs carefully for a couple of weeks, wash them out and fill them with paint. Then the kids threw them at a canvas and made an “egg-ster-piece!” They really loved this!
Left Right Easter Story
There were only two days LEFT before the Passover the chief priests wanted to find the RIGHT way to arrest and then kill Jesus. RIGHT then, Judas Iscariot went RIGHT to the chief priests to offer to hand Jesus over to them. They were delighted and as he LEFT they promised to give him money. So, Judas waited and watched for the RIGHTtime.
On the first evening of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Jesus and His disciples met for the Passover meal. RIGHT while they were eating, Jesus told them that one of them would hand Him RIGHT over to His enemies. This LEFT the disciples in a state of sadness.
When they finished their meal they LEFT to go to the Mount of Olives. Jesus told His disciples that all of them would leave Him, but Peter argued that He would stay RIGHTwith Jesus always. Jesus told Peter that RIGHT that very night, before the rooster crowed twice, He would deny Him three times.
At the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus instructed His disciples to keep watch while He LEFT to pray. Jesus fell RIGHT to the ground, praying that the hour might pass RIGHTby Him.
When Jesus returned to His disciples, Judas appeared. Judas, was about to hand Jesus RIGHT over to His enemies. Judas went RIGHT to Jesus and kissed Him. The men grabbed Jesus and arrested him RIGHT there. Jesus was taken RIGHT to the high priest and Peter followed.
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin wanted to put Jesus RIGHT to death, but they could not find anything to use against Him. Many told lies about Him, but JesusLEFT all of their questioning unanswered. The high priest asked Him if He was the Christ and Jesus was LEFT to answer the only thing He truthfully could, “I am.” RIGHTaway, they found him guilty of blasphemy and said he must die.
At the time, Peter was RIGHT below in the courtyard. He was asked three times if He knew Jesus, but three times he denied he did. RIGHT away the rooster crowed for the second time and Peter broke RIGHT down and sobbed.
Early in the morning Jesus was tied RIGHT up and handed over to Pilate. Pilate was LEFT amazed at the character of Jesus. He didn’t feel RIGHT about harming Him, but the crowds shouted that they wanted Jesus put RIGHT to death. Pilate wanted to satisfy the crowd so he ordered that Jesus be whipped and nailed to a cross RIGHTaway.
The soldiers LEFT with Jesus RIGHT away. They put a purple robe on Him and twisted thorns together to make a crown to put RIGHT on his head. They hit Him and spitRIGHT on Him. They made fun of Him and then forced Him to carry a cross RIGHT up Golgotha Hill.
They nailed Jesus RIGHT to that cross. Then they divided up what was LEFT of His clothes, casting lots to see what each of them would get. They crucified two robbers with Jesus. One was on his RIGHT and one was on his LEFT.
At noon, daylight LEFT and darkness covered the land for three hours. At three o’clock Jesus cried RIGHT out in a loud voice, My God, my God, why have you LEFT me? When Jesus took his last breath the temple curtain was torn RIGHT in two from top to bottom.
As evening approached, Joseph went RIGHT to Pilate and asked that Jesus’ body beLEFT for him to bury. With Pilate’s consent Joseph took the body RIGHT down from the cross and wrapped it in linen. He LEFT the body in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a large stone RIGHT against the entrance of the tomb.
RIGHT on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome LEFT to go to the tomb. They LEFT just after sunrise. They were going to apply spices RIGHT to Jesus’ body. When they arrived they were LEFT in shock. The very large stone had been rolled RIGHT away. They entered RIGHT into the tomb and saw a young man dressed in a white robe. He was sitting on the RIGHT side. He told them not to be afraid because Jesus had risen and had already LEFT the tomb. He instructed the women to go RIGHT to Jesus’ disciples and let them know that Jesus had risen.