Fill the Easter Basket with Awesome Kids' Resources from Zondervan
Easter is one of those holidays. The very important Biblical meaning often gets lost in the very commercial celebrations. What do bunnies and candy have to do with the resurrection? Not very much, I'm thinking.
We've tried, as many Christian parents have, to celebrate Easter with some of the fun- Easter baskets and eggs and candy- while still incorporating family traditions that will emphasize the real reason for the Easter celebration.
This season, I've had the opportunity to review some goodies from Zondervan that can help. If you're looking to fill the kids' Easter baskets with resources that you can use to teach the real meaning of the Easter celebration, here are a few great options.
This great activity book is the perfect choice for kindergarten and early elementary aged kids. There are dot-to-dot, word search, pattern completion, adding, mazes, and other activities. There are also stickers at the back of the book that kids can use throughout. The activities feature the famous bear family in the springtime and emphasize spring fun and family relationships, as well as elements of Christ's last week and the crucifixion and resurrection.
In this story about the well-known bears, the cubs are excited because their church is holding a special pet blessing ceremony. When the cubs arrive, it's fun to see the pets of all their fellow church members at the Chapel in the Woods. The ceremony isn't all smooth sailing because some of the pets get out of hand. But order is returned, and the pets are blessed. There is also a word search kids can do at the end of the book.
The only thing I didn't like about this one was that Sister refers to God as "You-Know-Who" in a scene where Preacher Brown has raised his hands and called for "Peace!"resulting in the sun going behind a cloud and restoring order to the pets. Sister says Preacher Brown must really have an in with "You-Know-Who." Other than this, it's a cute book that kids who love pets will especially enjoy.
This is a cute board book that toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy. Each page features items that kids can find in the scenes that take place in Jerusalem during Jesus' last week. There are pages for Jesus' entry into the city (Palm Sunday), the Last Supper, Jesus in the garden, the crucifixion, the resurrection, and Jesus appearing to the disciples. The items aren't hard to find in the pictures, so even little ones can get in on the fun.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother told me the legend of the sand dollar- how the designs and parts of a sand dollar can remind us of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. This book is a pretty one, designed to tell elementary-aged kids the legend. I love the idea of being able to use a picture book to tell kids about the symbolism of the sand dollar. After you read it, they'll be on the lookout for sand dollars of their own so that they can spot the symbols.
In the story, Kerry and her sister Margaret leave their parents to go ahead to their aunt's house. Although they'll see their parents for Easter, Kerry is sad to be separated from them. At her aunt's house at the beach, Kerry goes on a boat ride with her cousin Jack. When Kerry finds a sand dollar, Jack explains to her how the designs on it and the doves inside when it's broken all symbolize Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.
If you're putting together an Easter basket for a preschooler/kindergartener, the Beginner's Bible Coloring Book and Activity Book are fun choices. The coloring book features pictures that correspond with stories in The Beginner's Bible. Each set of story pages has a Bible reference, which is nice because you can easily find the story to share with the kids in a Bible or in The Beginner's Bible.
The Beginner's Bible Activity Book has very simple activities that also correspond with stories from The Beginner's Bible. The activities include very simple word searches, tracing letters and numbers, finding patterns, comparing bigger and smaller, and more.
I love this sixty-day devotional for tween girls (8-12). One of my daughters claimed this one immediately when it was unboxed. Each day's devotional has a Scripture verse, some thoughts and questions, and journal lines where girls can record their thoughts. The daily devotionals are also surrounded by patterned drawings that kids can color. It's a great way to get girls into Scripture and journaling.
So there you go. Fill the Easter baskets with resources that help kids focus on Scripture and the real meaning of the Easter celebration.
What are some of your favorite Easter traditions?