Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Our Family's Favorite Easter Resources

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When I was a child, Easter was a special time…of sorts.

My mother would usually make me a new dress. That was about the only time of the year she completed a sewing project, so it was extra special. J

We would usually spend the weekend at my grandparents’ house about two hours away. My grandmother would hide jelly beans all over her house for an egg hunt on Sunday morning…including in our shoes. Candy of any kind was such a rare treat for my brother and me that I apparently didn’t notice the slight taste of feet. J One year, my cousins and I even received a “prize” for the number of jelly beans we found.


At my grandparents’ church, we would sit in the front pew. I don’t remember any of the sermons, but I remember my grandmother’s hats. J

While these are nice memories, my husband and I have decided to take advantage of the many resources available today to get more Jesus in our family’s Easter. {My husband didn’t have any Jesus in his childhood Easters.} Over the years, we’ve collected the following books and videos. {And a couple other things as well….} 


Books


The Beginners Bible the Easter Story
Cute drawings and the basic story any child can understand.


What Is Easter?
Super adorable drawings and rhyming text.















Titus A Comrade of the Cross

We actually purchased this as an Abeka book for our homeschool curriculum, but I found it available for Kindle on Amazon. My 14yo has read it and thought it really brought the Bible to life, although the ending for Titus was surprising and sad. The story of the character Titus is fiction, but the setting, the society, and Jesus are based on the truth of the Bible. This one is shooting to the top of my to-be-read list, and in fact, I found two others by the same author on Amazon, a trilogy called Comrades of the Cross.

Stephen A Soldier of the Cross (Comrades of the Cross)

The Cross Triumphant (Comrades of the Cross)


Videos


An Easter Carol
The children love the entertaining contrast between plastic eggs and the resurrection. Try watching it and not singing about mechanical chickens. J




The Passion of the Christ
What an emotional experience! Last year, for the first time, we let our older children watch it with us. We thought the two oldest were mature enough and knowledgeable enough to handle it. The visuals definitely made what they had only read about more real. In regard to your children, use your discretion.


Radio Theatre Drama


Bible Eyewitness Collector's Set (Adventures in Odyssey Classics #3)
In the Easter Story, Digger Digwillow travels back in the Imagination Station to witness the last week of Jesus’ life.

And don’t forget….

Resurrection Eggs
We always have a little egg hunt for our children at home after church. Scavenger hunts are just fun, and we take the opportunity to insert a little more teaching through the Resurrection Eggs. Our older children usually end up competing to see who can find the most of these special eggs.


Next Wednesday, I’ll post some suggestions for filling Easter baskets. J







My list seems a little lacking. What can you add? What are your go-to resources for Easter?




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9 comments:

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    1. Me too, Moriah! So much fun to try on! :-)

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  2. Meghan, thanks for sharing these resources! :)

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    1. I'm glad you found it helpful, Lyli. :-) Have a wonderful Easter!

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  3. The book, Preparing for Easter, is a must read in our house in the weeks preceding Easter. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is full of object lessons that walk the family through God's plan from Creation to the Cross.

    Here's the Amazon link to it if you are interested: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0842350160/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0842350160&linkCode=as2&tag=mommynificent-20. It is sadly out of print now so you can get used copies quite inexpensively.

    Happy Easter!
    Tina

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    1. Thanks, Tina. It sounds great. I'll look into it. Have a blessed Easter! :-)

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  4. Stopping by from List it Tuesday. Great resources. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. Have a wonderful Easter! :-)

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