Choosing Today

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Easter Scavenger Hunt

As Resurrection Sunday draws near, my Trio and I have been busy crafting and reenacting the Easter story… remembering what Jesus did for us on that first Easter weekend.

One of our favorite activities is this Easter Scavenger Hunt that I found here:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

3 dimes – Judas received 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16)

Cracker – last supper (Matthew 26:17-29)

Chocolate kiss – Judas betrayed Christ with a kiss (Matthew 26:47-49)

Feather – Peter denied Christ three times before the cock crew (Matt 26:69-75)

Soap – Pilate washed his hands (Matthew 27:24)

Purple cloth – they put a purple robe on Jesus (Matthew 27:28)

Thorn or Crown – a crown of thorns was placed upon Christ’s head (Matthew 27:29)

Nail – they nailed him to the cross (John 19:18-19)

Sponge – when Christ asked for a drink he was given a sponge with vinegar (John 19:28-30)

Rock – Jesus’ body was laid in a tomb (Matthew 27:57-60)

Piece of tape – after Christ’s death the tomb was sealed (Matthew 27:65-66)

Empty egg – this represents the empty tomb (Matthew 28:1-9)

We had a blast finding each item, guessing what it had to do with Easter, and then reading the related verse. As we read, we thought of a few more items not on this list such as vinegar. I brought out a bottle so the kids could smell what Jesus was offered as a drink before he died.

This was a great activity that encouraged the kids to work together in finding certain items and then recall the story of the Cross.

Afterwards, my kids asked if we could sing “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High.” So we did and enjoyed a sweet time of worship together.

Thank you, Lord, for coming from heaven to earth to show us the way… how to live, how to love, and how to serve. Thank you for paying our debt and giving us access to a personal relationship with God. We love you! Amen.

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An Easter Accessory!

My girls love jewelry and all types of accessories!

When I saw these Easter Necklaces, I knew we had to make our own:

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You can find more detailed instructions at the link above but they were super simple.

Afterwards I hid a SECRET MESSAGE inside for my kids to discover when they opened their egg.

Depending on the age of your child, you can write “Jesus loves ___” like I did or, if they are older, include a verse that reminds them of the cross. Or you could sneak a jelly bean inside for a sweet surprise!

Either way, these festive necklaces would be the perfect accessory to wear as you celebrate the Risen Lord!

He has risen, just as he said!” – Matthew 28:5

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Stained Glass Cross

Last Sunday, my Trio came home with these Stain Glass Crosses from Sunday school:

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Isn’t  it beautiful?

I loved it so much that I wanted to color my own… so I did!

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And now you can too!

Click here for your FREE Cross Stained Glass Printable.

Perfect craft for the kids while you hide the eggs or tend to that Easter ham.

Or color one yourself and give your Mommy brain a break. :)

Enjoy and may you remember the power of the Cross this Resurrection Sunday!

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18

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He is Risen!

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week,

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down

from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone…

…and sat on it…

The angel said to the women,

Do not be afraid,

for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said!

… Then go quickly and tell his disciples:

He has risen from the dead!”

So the women hurried away from the tomb,

afraid yet filled with joy,

and ran to tell his disciples.”

Matthew 28:1-10

HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!

Do not be afraid! Go and tell everyone that Jesus is Alive!

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Happy Good Friday!

Why do we say HAPPY Good Friday when it’s the day we remember Jesus’ death on the cross?

Because we know how the story ends!

He did not stay on the cross or in the tomb. He rose again on the 3rd day!

We know He’s ALIVE today!

My son recently said this prayer:

Dear Lord, Please help Jesus not hurt on the cross.

Please help Him feel better soon. Thank you, Jesus. Amen!”

It was so sweet but also a good chance to remind him WHY Jesus suffered and died on the cross. He did it for us. He died so that we may live.

And so Jesus suffered… to make the people holy through His own blood.” – Hebrews 13:12

I wanted to share these cute animated videos:

A Very Special Sunday

The Easter Story for Children

Both are great videos to share with your kids.

Enjoy and Happy Good Friday!

May you have a very blessed Easter weekend as you remember what He did on the cross for you!

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” – John 3:16-17

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Eggs…

Big E, Little e

What begins with E?

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs

E… e… E!

Here are some EGGstra EGGstraordinary and EGGceptionally EGGcellent EGG EGGsamples:

- BUTTON EGGS

Materials: Foam or paper eggs, buttons, ric rac ribbon, glue.

- EGG WREATHE

Materials: Plastic Eggs, Wire hanger, Hot glue, Ribbon

I made this a few years ago so I don’t remember where I found the idea. If you’re on Pinterest, search “Egg Wreathe” and you’ll find tons of ideas and instructions. It was so easy and I love how colorful it is!

- EGG GARLAND

Materials: Plastic Eggs, String, Needle

A fun way to brighten up your windows. I found this idea at eighteen25.

- CRAYON EGGS

Materials: Boiled Eggs, Crayons

I guess you could call this the Lazy Mom’s way to decorate eggs!

This is especially great for toddlers… just give the kiddos some hard boiled eggs and some crayons and let them create some beautiful masterpieces!  So much less messy than those dyes! :)

- EGG STACKING & SIZING

Materials: Plastic Eggs in a variety of sizes.

We’ve accumulated quite the collection of EGGS over the years. I dumped them into a tub for my 1 year old to dig around in but it was a hit for all three of my kiddos. Before long, we were seeing how many EGGS we could fit inside a bigger EGG. We also stacked and sorted and made musical instruments with them. Lots of fun, hands-on ways to play and fine-tune those small motor skills.

- – RESURRECTION EGGS

Do you have a set of these Resurrection Eggs from FamilyLife?

I highly recommend them! My kids can now tell ME the Resurrection Story using these EGGS and the symbols inside. There are several books you can get to go along with these eggs. We have this one: The Resurrection Eggs by Jean Thomason.

If you’d like to make your own Resurrection EGGS, check out this simple Toddler version here!

Also, if you’re making an Easter Basket for your kiddo, be sure to throw in an empty EGG with this written inside:

This Easter egg is hollow

Just like they found the tomb

For it is meant to represent

That Christ has risen

For me and for you!

Hope you loved these EGGciting and EGGstravagant EGG ideas!

May your home EGGsplode with the LOVE of Jesus this Easter!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” – 1 Peter 1:3

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A Lesson in Forgiveness through the Blood of Jesus

You will need: A coffee filter, pencil, red dye/food coloring, a flat dish

Cut the coffee filter into the shape of a heart.

Then explain to your kiddos that this represents their heart inside of them.

When they are born, their heart is clean but it starts to get dirty when they choose to disobey God.

We listed off ways we disobey God, or sin, such as hitting, not sharing, not obeying our parents, etc.

For each sin we mentioned, I scribbled on the heart, making it dirty.

We read Isaiah 59:2 which says, “your sins have separated you from your God.”

We also read Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death.”

Our sin separates us from God and the punishment for sin is death.

We each deserved to die rather than to live forever in Heaven with Jesus.

But then I reminded them of the story of the Cross.

God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die in our place.

I like how our favorite Bible says it on page 306: “It was the only way God could destroy sin, and not destroy His children whose hearts were filled with sin.”

God destroyed sin on the cross instead of destroying us, His children.

Now, place the “dirty” heart inside the dish and add a few drops of red dye to the heart. Explain how the red dye represents Jesus’ blood poured out for us.

Watch as the red dye spreads and dissolves the pencil markings.

In the same way, Jesus’ blood covers our sins so that we are FORGIVEN.

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our [sins] from us.” – Psalm 103:12

Revelation 1:5 says, He “loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood.”

Pray together and thank Jesus for His love and for His blood that has freed us from our sins.

I couldn’t resist snapping a quick photo of K’s earnest prayer!

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” – Ephesians 1:7

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alivE

Jesus is ALIVE!

He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” – Matthew 28:6

Time to celebrate!

We turned on our favorite Easter music, pulled out our instruments, and sang “Jesus is Alive” at the top of our lungs!

Some of our favorites songs are:

My sweet K girl strummed her guitar and made up a song that went like this:

Jesus died on the cross.

Now He’s Alive!

Then He went into the tomb.

But the Angel moved the stone.

Now He’s Alive!

I wish you could have seen her. She sang these words over and over and each time with more and more celebration! Isn’t she precious?

So I was planning a “Jesus is Alive” Easter party to be held today and then I would post photos, but because of us being sick this week, I never even got invites out. I’m hoping to reschedule next week. Sorry, you’ll just have to wait for our ALIVE photos and ideas!

Until then, your kiddos will love this Jesus is Alive video! Check it out!

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Tomb

From the Cross to the Grave…

Joseph (a rich man from Arimathea) took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock…” – Matthew 27:59

Here E is rolling up K in a clean linen (aka crib sheet) and placing her inside the TOMB (aka playhouse).

“He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.” — Matthew 27:59-60

This tub was in the right place at the right time and quickly got assigned the role of the “big stone”.

Check out these TOMB related activities we made:

The kids made these TOMB scenes last year with their cousin R.

Matterials: Construction paper, scissors and glue.

If you’re on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen some amazing TOMB cakes floating around. Instead of making a cake, I used some ingredients we had on hand to make this super fun lunch for my trio:

Ingredients: Half Bagel with cream cheese, 1 Ritz cracker for boulder, 1 slice of Ham cut into a cross, and a side of fruit. The kids ate it up, literally!

This TOMB Garden was a blast to make:

Materials: Shallow planter or bowl, small pot or cup for tomb, dirt, grass or moss from outside, 1 rock to cover the TOMB, a swatch of white linen, sticks and yarn for crosses.

You can find more examples and instructions here or here.

My trio enjoyed sitting around this garden while we read the Resurrection story in Matthew 27 & 28.

Aren’t you thankful that the story does not end here in the TOMB?

Then… “there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone…” - Matthew 28:2

AND THEN……………………………………………………………………………………………

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At the CROSS I bow my knee…

(Little H refused to make a CROSS with her arms, she just wanted to celebrate the Resurrection!)

Today’s post is short and sweet, just a glimpse of the CROSS crafts we’ve made:

STAINED GLASS CROSS:

Materials: Contact Paper, Tissue Paper, Scissors, and Ribbon for hanging.

SPRING FLOWER CROSS:

We went for a walk outside to find signs of Spring. The kids collected random dandelions, sticks and leaves. We even found a blue robins egg! So cool! Afterwards, we came inside, grabbed some paint, and made flower prints on these paper crosses.

Materials: Paper crosses, small flowers like dandelions, paint.

TAPE RESIST CROSS:

Watching the kids paint, I couldn’t “resist” joining in!

Materials: Paper, tape, watercolors and a paint brush.

COIN CROSS

Because of the CROSS, our sins are Paid in Full.

I love this idea from MomOnTimeout.

Materials: Wooden cross, pennies or other coins, glue. Purple paint optional.

With all the CROSS-crafting going on here, this song keeps popping into my head:

At the cross I bow my knee
Where Your blood was shed for me
There’s no greater love than this
You have overcome the grave
Your glory fills the highest place
What can separate me now

- At the Cross, by Hillsong

That chorus says it well. Thank you, Jesus, for the CROSS!

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13

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