I am sharing another favorite Easter activity we love to do each year to prepare our hearts for Easter. Similar to the story behind the resurrection eggs post I shared last year, this was another idea I was given from a wiser woman in our church who did a make and take day at church one morning a few years ago for some of us younger moms who were looking for ways to help build anticipation and excitement around Easter. I am so thankful for her to come alongside us younger women to do this and prepare all of these things for us to take home with us, and for our children’s ministry director who has such a heart for the children and the families within our local body.
General outline of how we do this everyday starting yesterday (The Sunday before Palm Sunday) through Easter morning- I prep the kids’ envelopes the night before and lay them out on the table for them to grab first thing when they come down in the morning. During breakfast I let them open their envelopes while I read the verses/story from our storybook bible – we typically read from the “It’s All About Jesus” storybook bible or the “Jesus Storybook Bible” We talk about the story a little bit together then we pray and thank God for Jesus and the good news of the resurrection! After that, I let them put their felt pieces up on our board and I hang it up in the kitchen for them to look at throughout the day during the next two weeks!
Okay, the pdf file for the directions and outline of what felt pieces are for each day can be found below. I have added some images for you to reference just to give you an idea of how it all looks and lays out in the rest of this post for you to reference if you need to! We started this yesterday morning and will continue to open the kids’ special envelopes each morning until Easter morning! I hope you enjoy this activity and it blesses your children and your whole family each year as you find ways to build excitement and anticipation for the risen Savior!
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.