A quick calculation last week told me we’d be finishing school on May 24th if we kept trudging ahead as we have been, so I decided we could afford to take an Easter break this week. (Spring break! Woohoo!) As Pippa was brainstorming fun craft ideas for our week off, I noticed a decided slant towards eggs and bunnies, so I ran to the Internet to seek counsel.
The first place I looked was my friend Amanda’s blog, knowing that she is passionate about sharing Jesus with her children and that she does it in a Pinterest-y, Etsy-ish kind of way that leaves her kids (and me) oohing and ahing. She did not disappoint.
Last year, Amanda did a 10-day countdown to Easter called “Sense of the Resurrection”, linking each bit of the Easter story with a craft or activity focusing on one of the five senses. We’re a little late to the party, but we have loved doing these activities.
I’ll admit when I first set out to do this, I imagined doing maybe 4 or 5 of my favorites and skipping the rest, saving them for days when we didn’t have much else going on, but my kids were having none of that. They have been relentless in reminding me to do our Easter craft each day, and have not let me forget or skip even one!
Here are the activities we have done so far, linked to Amanda’s proper description of each.
Day 1: Mary’s Perfume (Annointing Oil)
This was a great reminder of how costly our salvation was, and how following the Lord is worthy of even the greatest cost on our part.
Day 2: Unleavened (or, as Bea says, Unleventh) Bread
Amanda, that recipe worked fine for us. Maybe she tweaked it since you tried?
Day 3: Purple Robe
So… I didn’t have cellophane… or purple tissue paper. I first thought the blue looked kind of purple-y but not so much. Then I thought a red heart would shine through the blue tissue paper and look purple. Also not so much. Anyway, my kids like glue, so it was all good.
Day 4: The Rooster Crows
When we talked about Peter denying Christ, it was all about forgiveness and restoration. Isn’t it just amazing that God can still use broken sinners like us to accomplish His purposes?
Day 5: Nails
They really loved this one. And got it, I think.
Day 6: Vinegar
I made a hyssop branch and sponge. What do you think? Not bad, eh?
Day 7: Earthquake
By way of application on this one we talked about all creation recognizing Jesus as God. We remembered that Jesus said if the people didn’t praise him, even the rocks would cry out. And I think they enjoyed throwing rocks around. Especially the boy.
What are we doing tomorrow? I don’t know yet! But if you want to join us, visit Oh Amanda, March 2012 archives for more info. It’s bound to be impressive!