I want that for my family, but I also want more. I want my kids to REALLY understand the reason we celebrate Easter. So, In an effort to make Easter more about Christ, Ash and I have come up with a plan to do an Easter activity every day starting the Sunday before Easter (Palm Sunday).
We went to church! When the sacrament came around, I briefly explained the story of Easter.
Watch the Lord's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
This is a fantastic Sacrament talk written about the use of palm leaves. It was great for me to read, and repeated a few simple concepts while doing this craft for the donkey, and simply cutting and slicing green (and purple, because it's Ash's favorite color. And why not? Purple is a royal color!) construction paper into palm leaves and then gluing them onto the paper.
For FHE we colored Easter Eggs! It's good family time.
We printed out and colored this coloring page. We talked about Christ being resurrected and how that made Mary happy, and how Christ dies and was resurrected for Mary, and also for Ash, and also for me.
This is about as fancy as I get with crafts. First, we colored and cut out the tomb and stone from the image below.
Then, inspired by this craft, we cut a paper plate in half, stapled the two halves together, and pasted the tomb onto the paper plate. We then cut out the door of the tomb and glued He is Risen by Del Parson inside.
All the while we talked about the Resurrection, and how Jesus dies and was resurrected so when we die, we can be resurrected.
Maundry (Holy) Thursday
Watch the movie The Last Supper
Color and cut out the images below, the whole time talking about Jesus's Last Supper and the sacrament.
Today we decided to try watercolors! We painted the images below, talking about the story or the atonement, the crucifixion, and the Resurrection. We then cut them out and glued them on Popsicle sticks!
We also made Hot Cross Buns. They were cooked too long, so they turned out harder and crispy on the bottom, but they had such great potential!
Easter Egg hunt and Easter Brunch!
Go to church! In the March 2008 Friend, on page 30, is the Story of Christ. Print out on cardstock and fit together with a metal band. Give to Ash right before church. Read it during Sacrament meeting and look at the pictures during the Sacrament.