How To Teach Children the Real Meaning of Easter (Christian)

Between the egg hunts and chocolates, it is easy to forget the true meaning of Easter.Incorporating your faith into your Easter traditions will help children understand what Easter is all about.Reassuring them that Jesus loves them will make them feel better.

Step 1: You can tell the story of Easter in your own words.

Think about the concepts that make sense to your child.To tell the Easter story in a way that makes sense for their age level, use words that they already know.Do you know why we celebrate Easter?A very special gift was given to us by Jesus.Sometimes, even when we try our best not to, we fight or argue.To a child over 10, you might say, “Do you know why Easter is so important to me?”It reminds me of Jesus.People did not know how good Jesus was.Even though he was perfect, they punished him.He died after he accepted the punishment.Easter commemorates when Jesus rose from the dead to be with God.He died so that we could always ask God to forgive us when we fall short of his example.

Step 2: The story of Easter is in a child-friendly bible.

The story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection can be told in a children’s bible.Pause occasionally to allow your child to ask questions.The bibles use words that are more accessible to children.The language is clear and simple.Your responses to your child’s questions should be tailored to their age.Crucifixion is frightening for adults.You might say, “crucifixion was a kind of punishment for people who did bad things.”Jesus was punished because he loved all of us.He wanted us to be able to ask God for forgiveness when we are not perfect.

Step 3: You should connect your churchgoing to what you have read in the bible.

Help your child remember the story of Easter.This can help your child understand the meaning behind the holiday if you attend church multiple times.On Maundy Thursday, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples.Point out any parts of the mass that reinforce the story of Easter.At Maundy Thursday services, the priest will often wash the feet of the worshippers.The priest is celebrating Jesus by doing the things he did.Remember how we read that Jesus washed his disciples feet?

Step 4: Send your kids to Sunday school for a lesson.

If there are any special Easter lessons for children, ask your church.Children can be helped to hear about Jesus and the Easter story from people who teach the material to them regularly, such as priests and Sunday school instructors.Some churches hold special services for children around Christmas and Easter.The Easter story may be told using puppets or simplified homilies that make it easier to understand.

Step 5: Look for books that explain Easter.

If you want to read religious literature for kids, you should go to your local bookstore.You can spend a day reading child-friendly versions of the Easter story.”What is Easter” is a book for children under 5 that uses illustrations to explain the story of Jesus.Pick up a copy of “The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story” if your kids like the books.Papa Bear tells the story of Easter.If your normal bookstore doesn’t carry books, you can order them online or look for a local Christian bookstore.

Step 6: For other children, make Easter baskets.

This Easter-themed act of service will teach your children the values Jesus lived for.Donate the Easter basket you made to children in need so they can be cared for.You could say that Jesus loved us so much that he gave his life for us.Kids can write out scriptures on little pieces of paper and place them in plastic Easter eggs to help other people feel cared for in the spirit of Jesus.A children’s book about Easter in the basket is a great way to share the religious joy of Easter with others.

Step 7: Eggs can be decorated with religious symbolism.

Christian symbols, such as crosses or doves, can be used to paint eggs to focus on the meaning behind Easter.Children in middle school and older can paint symbols to tell the story of the crucifixion, such as a crown of thorns or a stone.Suggest that your child use color to express their feelings about Easter.An egg painted black could symbolize sadness at Jesus’ death, while bright colored eggs could represent joy at his resurrection.

Step 8: There are presents that represent new life.

New beginnings are represented by baby stuffed animals in the spirit of Easter.If your child is old enough for the responsibility, you could even consider small, easy pets, such as a real goldfish.You might say, “Did you notice that this stuffed chick is just a baby?” when you give the gift.We could have a new life after Jesus died.I hope you think about the new beginning Jesus gave us when you squeeze this little chick.

Step 9: There is a religious scavenger hunt.

For a scavenger hunt, hide everyday items that relate to the story of Easter.Children should be given an Easter basket to collect items from their scavenger hunt.When you come together at the end of the hunt, talk about the significance of each item.Reward your kids with a treat or sticker if they collect an item or answer a question correctly about Easter.Even though the scavenger items are not candy, try to keep things fun.

Step 10: There are positive aspects of Easter.

If your children are young, don’t go into too much detail about Christ’s death.You can determine what is appropriate for your child.It is possible to keep things positive by focusing on Jesus ascension to heaven.If your child is too young to comprehend death, you might say, “Jesus was punished even though he did nothing wrong, which was very sad.”He put up with the punishment because he loved us.The good news is, after his punishment, he got to be with God, just like we will be someday.He came back to life.Discuss the details of the resurrection story.

Step 11: It’s okay to be sad about Jesus’ death.

On the days of Easter weekend, when you talk a lot about the death of Jesus, it’s okay to cry or feel sad.It’s normal to feel sad when you read or hear about sad things.It is okay to keep things positive for your child.”It’s okay to be sad, but remember that Jesus died so we don’t have to deal with this kind of pain alone.”God is with us all the time.I remember how much hope and joy there is in the story when I read it.Mary was overjoyed to find out that her son had been resurrected.

Step 12: As Easter ends, please encourage a focus on new beginnings.

The end of Easter is a good time to remind your kids that Jesus loves them.Your children will want to celebrate the holiday in a new way next year.Look towards the future to keep your children interested in the meaning behind Easter.I loved teaching you more about Jesus this year.How should we celebrate Easter next year?