From Easter brunches to sunrise services at church, egg hunts, and everything in between, there’s something so special about family traditions leading up to Easter. I’ve gathered some activity ideas for making the week of Easter rich in meaning but simple in effort. Maybe one or two of them will inspire and become traditions for your family in the years to come!
“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.” Matthew 28:6
Read Scripture. What a wonderful week to read through an entire Gospel. You could read 2-3 chapters of Mark each day leading up to Easter. We also love the Jesus Storybook Bible for children that has a free Lent Reading Guide. This article has some more ideas.
Memorize a Scripture passage. A passage like John 11:25-26 would be a good one to memorize!
Make an Easter garden. Using things from your backyard or neighborhood walks, make a garden with your children to share the story of the Gospel. This post will show you symbolic things you can use. We also have a how-to video on Instagram.
Worship with music. Turn on your favorite worship music! Maybe learn a new hymn! I am listening to Ellie Holcomb’s “A Holy Week” Spotify playlist this week. This post has all of my favorite Spotify and Pandora stations for adults and children. And this post is filled with sweet audiobooks and more for young children.
Worship with art. Have children illustrate the Easter story after you read it to them. Or use sidewalk chalk to make colorful crosses on the sidewalk. My older girls often used their sketchbooks to color a cross and journal their thoughts, so try that if you have older children, too! There are so many great ideas on Instagram and Pinterest, too.
Love your neighbor. Show Christ’s love by loving your neighbor. Invite an elderly neighbor or a friend without family in town to Easter brunch. Think about other ways you can serve.
Make a cross for your front door or front yard. Use branches, palm leaves, or flowers you find in your backyard, and put on your door or gift to neighbors.
Host an Easter brunch! A lovely tradition indeed!
Watch The Chosen. This series about the life of Jesus came highly recommended. It is available by downloading the app in the App Store and then watching on your phone or streaming on your TV through Apple TV or Roku. I think it’s best for middle/high school and up as there are some dark scenes. Preview before just to make sure it’s appropriate for your child.
Watch the Jesus Film. (I would not recommend for children under the age of 8, or watch before showing them.)
Visit your church website. They likely have resources for Easter Week. And in case you’re looking for a great option, our church has resources for nursery school, preschool, and elementary aged children. Videos, printables, and more. Everyone is welcome!
Attend a Maundy Thursday service. Celebrate the Last Supper and share its meaning with your children.
Share the good news. How can you share the good news this week? So many need to know that Jesus offers hope in a seemingly hopeless world. Send cards, call friends, and share the good news with whoever you can.
Attend church on Easter Sunday.
I would love to see how you celebrate Easter this year! Please post pics and tag us @dosaygive, or DM us with your photos. We’ll try to share!
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Source:Wreath and Cross Sash from Fig & Dove.