Have you ever struggled to keep Jesus the focus of your Easter celebrations? Try "decorating" your children’s heart, mind and soul with Resurrection stories and traditions this year:

  • Help your children memorize Bible verses (Genesis 1:1,27; Joshua 1:9; Psalm 69:13; 100:5; 119:105; Matthew 22:37; John 13:34; Colossians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 5:7; 1 John 4:8,19).

  • Host an egg hunt in your yard for the kids in your neighbourhood. Fill eggs with candy, inexpensive cross necklaces, Christian-themed bracelets and stickers. Offer mini Bibles and Adventures in Odyssey® CDs as prizes.

  • Make a rectangular cake and cut it in the shape of a cross. Decorate with icing that says, "Jesus is risen!"

  • Write messages on hard-boiled eggs in crayon before dyeingJesus loves you, Born again, He is risen, Jesus died for you, The tomb is empty, Hallelujah, My Saviour lives or We love Jesus.

  • Have the egg hunt on Saturday, reserving Sunday for worship and reflection on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • Take a nature walk to collect stones, sticks, leaves, grass and tree bark. When you return home, use a shoebox lid to create a Resurrection scene that includes a hollow tomb of rocks, a hill with three stick crosses and a stone that is rolled away.

  • Read Bible stories to your children daily. A resource, such as Crystal Bowman’s The One Year Book of Devotions for Preschoolers, follows the Bible one day at a time.

From Focus on Your Child’s Discovery Years, February 2008. Published by Focus on the Family. © 2008 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

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