Sunday, March 17, 2013

Easter Ideas (3): a book

Brandon and I have been reading this book to prepare for Easter - Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross, by Nancy Guthrie.


Though it's pretty in-depth, it is really good and really helps me think on the true meaning of Easter (the cross and the resurrection of Jesus, and the life offered us by God through Him).  The authors are both new and ones that have been around for hundreds of years - Jonathan Edwards, Saint Augustine, John Piper, Charles Spurgeon, Tim Keller and many more. 

 
 
There is also a Christmas one for advent.  They are both edited by Nancy Guthrie.  Easter and Christmas are such big holidays for us as believers, so I love anything that helps us focus on the true meaning!


2 lefties?

Aiden is 3 1/2 years and has been using his left hand for some time now, so it's safe to say he's a lefty.  Recently, Hudson has been doing all his eating and also coloring/drawing with his left hand too.

 
We may have two lefties on our hands.  


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Easter ideas (2): Resurrection Eggs

Another Easter tradition we started last year is the Resurrection Eggs.  We will do this activity again this year, beginning 12 days before Easter. 


We used these with Aiden and even at the age of less than 3, he could grasp the main ideas of the true story of Easter.  Each egg has an object in it that represents a part of the Biblical account of the Easter story.  Starting 12 days before Easter, allow your child(ren) to open one new egg each day (along with reviewing the previous ones), and use the included booklet to tell the Easter story as you go along.  It is so exciting to watch your little one's eyes light up with understanding when they open the final egg on Easter morning and there is nothing inside!

He is not here; He is risen!

Monday, March 04, 2013

Easter ideas (1): Resurrection Rolls

This is something we did with Aiden last year to help him understand the idea that Jesus is Risen.  We will do it again this year, because we want to continue to point our children to the true meaning of Easter.

Resurrection Rolls

1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
8 large marshmallows (one for each roll)
1/4 c. melted butter
ground cinnamon
white sugar
Bible or Children's Easter story book - while waiting for the oven to preheat, you can read John 19 to your children.



 (picture from eatatallies.com)

1.  Open and unroll the crescent dough.  This is like the cloths that they wrapped Jesus in.

2.  Take the marshmallows.  These symbolize Jesus, who was pure and white because he had no sin. 

3.  Dip each marshmallow in butter.  The butter is like the oils that they covered Jesus with.

4. Now, roll the marshmallow in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.  These are like the spices used to prepare his body for burial. 

5.  Next, take each marshmallow and place it in the middle of the crescent roll. Then wrap the roll around the marshmallow, sealing it tight.  This symbolizes the way they wrapped Jesus in cloths before putting Him in the tomb. 

6.  Finally, place the rolls on a baking sheet and put in the oven, which represents the tomb.  Bake for the amount of time on the crescent roll can. 

7.  While they are baking, read the story of Jesus' resurrection from John 20: 1-18. 

8.  Open the oven (the tomb) and remove the rolls.  After sufficient time to allow them to cool, allow your child to crack one open to see what has happened.  The marshmallow is not there - Jesus is Risen and alive! 
(adapted from homegrownmom.com)