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Monday, 1 April 2013

Because He lives, we live too.

I have been looking around for ways to explain the meaning of Easter to Princess and the Rock and have found many activities that revolve around Easter eggs. I have no qualms about introducing these adorable decorated eggs into my story but I do not want to make  them the focus as well. Man was I glad when I found this lovely idea from a very creative mom blogger (there's even a free printable for the verses used)! It was an Easter Sensory Box that helped to explain the important events that happened from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday.


Easter Sensory Box

The above is a photo of the Easter Sensory Box that I created with a few small tweaks. The items needed are:
  • white rice (as a base) - represents how Jesus' death and resurrection cleanse us from our sins,
"'Come now, let us settle the matter,' says the Lord. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.'" Isaiah 1:18
  • a small lamb - represents Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice,
"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'" John 1:29
  • 2 small cups and a plastic loaf of bread (I used one cup as I could only find one at home) - represents the last supper Jesus took with his disciples,
"And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.'  In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.'" Luke 22:19-20
  • a plastic hammer and homemade cross - represents Jesus' crucifixion  
"When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross." Colossians 2:13-14
  • red ribbon (the author used red beads but I chose not to as I did not want the Rock to swallow any beads accidentally or by intention) - represents the shedding of blood by Jesus
"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ." Ephesians 2:13
  • a large rock - represents the rock that was rolled away from Jesus' tomb
"They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus." Luke 24:2
  • a small piece of bandage (the author used a handkerchief) - represents the burial cloth that was left behind in the tomb
"Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened." Luke 24:12
  • an egg (the author used butterflies and caterpillars) - represents new life in Christ and the hope in resurrection.
"Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his." 
Romans 6:3-5

Princess and the Rock were quite intrigued by the sensory box although for different reasons; Princess was listening intensely (and contributed at some points) to Daddy's telling of the Easter story via the different components, while the Rock was busy playing with the rice and trying to crack the egg (good thing I used a cooked egg).

Does your family have any Easter traditions and how do you tell the story to your children? I'll love to hear them in the comments!


4 comments:

  1. What an interesting way to tell your kids the Easter story! I like the idea of a sensory box, kids get to touch the items and encourage exploration.

    We do have an Easter tradition with our kids. Every Easter, we have our very own Easter egg hunt at home. I would hide some Easter eggs (with candies and chocolates in them) around the house and the kids will go around to find them. They love it, and will remind me days before Easter to prepare for the egg hunt.

    After the egg hunt, we'll sit down and explain to them that the eggs represent new life. Jesus died and live again, so that we can have a new life... And offend of course they'll be happily munching on their candies and chocolates after that! :)

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  2. Awesome. Knowing even one other person used this to tell the Gospel story to their kiddos made it totally worth blogging about. :) Thanks for letting me know!

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  3. This is interesting,! Poppy is 4.5 and very sensitive so I,m looking fr gentle ways to talk to her about Jesus' crucifix action. This might be it! Ps is that the spongebob meal box from Qatar airways? :)

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    1. I was wondering how to broach the subject of crucifixion without the gore and felt the red ribbon or beads (as suggested) was both graphic yet "gentle" enough. And yes! That is the Sponge Bob meal box from Qatar, I have four of them, they turned out quite useful!

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