I’ve been anticipating EASTER and Holy Week…my most favorite holiday of the whole year!! In my research, I found lots of fun ways to teach your kids more about the week leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection…Here’s a few ideas below.
I pray the JOY and HOPE that this powerful week brings will rule in your hearts and home!! HE IS RISEN!!
1. My sweet friend, Leah, found this awesome Lent Tree on Etsy! I made my own…if it turns out, I’ll post a picture soon.
For the week of Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday, hang the coordinating ornament on your tree/stick and read the passage together!
PALM SUNDAY: (Hosanna Palm Branches & the Rocks that cry out!) Luke 19:28-40
Monday: (Bag of coins–Judas’ betrayal) Luke 22:1-6
Tuesday: (The Last Supper) Luke 22:7-23
Wednesday: (Olive & Rooster) Luke 22:39-46 & 54-62
Thursday: (Jesus before Pilate–Pilate washes his hands before the crowd) Luke 23:1-25
GOOD FRIDAY: (Crown of thorns/purple robe) Luke 23:26-49
Saturday: (Lamb of God) Isaiah 53 –prophetic passage
RESURRECTION SUNDAY: (Empty tomb!) Luke 24:1-12
2. How to help your kids balance Bunnies and Baskets with the TRUE meaning of Easter? Here’s a great resource from Focus on the Family.
3. Here’s a set of 5 GREAT devotions to help your children understand why Jesus had to die. (Again from Focus on the Family!)
4. For all you MOMS….Here’s some fun RECIPES for EASTER…I love Holiday Traditions and yummy food, but my heart is to celebrate Jesus and not to be too busy all day in the kitchen…so I’ve mastered finding fun, yummy, (and sometimes meaningful foods) to prepare the night before! THEN you can focus and worship on the holiday rather than wearing yourself out!!
This first one, RESURRECTION ROLLS, I just found online…you can tell the story of Jesus being crucified…the marshmallow represents Jesus…the spices are representative of when the women annointed his body…then after it is baked…the center is EMPTY–just like the tomb!!
Submitted By: Mommyof3
Photo By: SCHWEII
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 25 Minutes
“Crescent dough wraps around butter- and sugar-dipped marshmallows. They become hollow as they bake, representing Jesus’ tomb on Easter morning — when you break them open they are empty inside! A great Easter recipe to share with the kids!” Ingredients:
1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated crescent
8 large marshmallows
1/4 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons white sugar Directions: 1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.2.Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.3.In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar.4.Dip a marshmallow into melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture. Place marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together tightly to seal in marshmallow as it melts. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat.5.Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
BREAKFAST CASSEROLES (thanks Mom!!)–easy to prepare the night before, then put it in the oven just before you’d like to FEAST :)!!
Blueberry French Toast
12 slices bread 2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese 1 c. blueberries 12 eggs 2 cups milk 1/3 cup. maple syrup
Sauce: 1 cup sugar, 2 T. cornstarch, 1 c. water, 1 c. blueberries, 1 T. butter
Directions: Cut bread into 1″ cubes; place 1/2 in a greased 13X9X2 baking dish. Cut cream cheese into 1″ cubes. Place over bread. Top with blueberries and remaining bread. In large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk and syrup; mix well. Pour over bread mixture. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover. Bake 25-30 minutes more or until golden brown and center is set. In saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and water. Boil 3 minutes stirring constantly. Add blueberries and simmer 8-10 minutes until berries burst. Serve over the blueberry French toast.
10- 12 slices of bread, cubed 1 to 2 lbs. cubed ham, OR 1 lb. bacon, fried crisp and crumbled, OR 1 to 2 pounds sausage, fried and crumbled ( I like to use turkey bacon!) 1/2 lb. shredded Cheddar cheese Optional additions: onion, green pepper, black olives, brocolli (I love to add spinach, zuchinni, red pepper–just add your family’s favorites!) 10 eggs, beaten 1 tsp. salt 2 1/2 cups milk 1 tsp. dry mustard 1/2 t. garlic powder
Butter bottom of 9X13 inch baking dish. Layer 1/2 of the bread, then meat, vegetables and cheese. Put the rest of the bread cubes on top. Mix together eggs, salt, milk, mustard and garlic powder before pouring over layers. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Bake for approximately 1 hour at 350 degrees or until eggs set.
8 eggs, beaten 2 cups cooked crumbled sausage or cubed fully cooked ham 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 2 cups milk 1 cup crushed saltines 1/4 c. chapped onion 1/4 c. chopped green pepper 1/4 c. chopped sweet red pepper 1/2 t. salt
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; ;pour into a greased shallow 9 X 13 X 2 baking dish. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 8-10 servings
5. Here’s a great resource of 40 days of Lent Readings…(great for family devotions…especially with older kids…includes pictures/symbols for each day!!)
6. Here’s another AWESOME site to guide you through the week!! HOLY WEEK