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I can’t be the only person hesitant to put together an Easter basket for my 2 year old. Somewhere in the midst of packing up and moving 3 times in 6 months, I realized that I might lose my mind if we accumulate one more “toy” in the name of ceremony. He’s got enough stuff he doesn’t need…someone back me up on this?
I understand the tradition, and whether you’re religious or not, I don’t see anything wrong with it as a whole. However, now as a parent myself, I realized I would rather fill the place of the Easter basket with a tradition more meaningful. As a Christian, it’s important to us to teach Ezra why we celebrate Easter – it’s OK to have fun with it, but for my own sanity, I think I’m going to leave out the gifts. If you’re like me and you want to do the same, here are 3 easy ideas for something ELSE to do to celebrate Easter.
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The Easter Story Egg – this is the one we’ve chosen for our family, and I was so excited to find this on Amazon during my search. Similar to the Resurrection Eggs, each nesting egg has a design painted on it that corresponds with a specific part of the biblical Easter story. Then, As you open each nesting egg, you can read along with the Easter Story book (or read straight from the Bible).
Resurrection Egg Hunt – Hide eggs around your home or yard that contain the elements of Resurrection Eggs. Once they find them all, take turns opening them and go through the story. As the years go on and the kids learn the story, give them each a chance to tell part of it as they open the eggs. Here’s a fun set I found on Amazon!
If you aren’t religious, another fun option is to put together an Easter tree, similar to a Christmas Tree. This blog has instructions for how to make your own. You could put one ornament on each day of April leading up to Easter. You could treat it similar to an “advent” calendar – each day the kids could put an ornament on, and maybe have one task to do that day, whether it be an act of kindness, serving another person or just an encouraging word for the day. You don’t need to wait until November to be thankful! 😉
There is still time to purchase or put together any of the above, or come up with your own! Are you and your family going the Easter basket route, or trying something different?