Resurrection Eggs. They are a great resource for parents to teach their kids in a fun, interactive way.
When you think about it, teaching children about Easter is quite different than teaching them the story of Christmas. One involves a cute, cuddly baby...the other betrayal, fierce beatings, and murder. So how do you teach your kids the most important story of all time without giving them nightmares?
Here's a few ideas that might be helpful if you try to do Resurrection Eggs with your kids:
- Hide the eggs first and let the kids "hunt" for them. We had each kid find 4 eggs and then come sit down.
- I started off by saying, "Tonight I'm going to tell you a sad story, but it has a really happy ending."
- Have pictures that correspond with the part of the story you are telling. I searched Google images and found artwork to represent each section of the story. It was a little tricky finding pics that weren't bloody and scary. Sorry, Mel Gibson, none of your shots made my 3 year old's slideshow.
- Tell the story; don't read it. And keep it super simple and concrete. I didn't talk at all about the symbolism or significance of the various elements. Just told what happened. When I asked if anyone knew why Jesus died on the cross Caedmon was able to say, "He died for our sins." But I don't think he understands that yet; we've just told him a million times.
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