Recently I was thinking about how I have all these fun traditions leading up to Christmas, but nothing really special for the kids leading up to Easter. So I decided to start an Easter countdown as a fun way to look forward to celebrating as well as remember why we celebrate.
I’m hoping this is something special we can do every year for a long time, adapting as the girls grow. This year our theme is “The Colors of Easter”, designed to walk through six colors, each one a symbolic part of the Resurrection account.
If you’re looking for a special and Biblical way to count down to Easter with your family, I’d love to have you join us! At the end of this post you’ll find a PDF called The Colors of Easter which includes information about the purpose of this countdown, a supply list, and daily guides for parents. I’m using what I call the “RAMP it up” method to help kids dig deeper in the Word. You can read more about it on my Resources page.
Here’s a quick peek at what to expect… our countdown begins Monday and runs through Saturday in the form of a half dozen filled Easter eggs. Inside each egg is the color theme for the day and a Bible reading to go with the theme. In our house the egg will be hidden each day as an added level of fun!
Along with a Bible reading there are questions and discussion points to help make age-appropriate applications for young kids. Every day ends with a prayer focus, to encourage the habit of prayer in association with Bible reading. We also have a special craft to build on daily, creating a “Road to Easter” scene full of symbolic colors that will be completed right in time for Resurrection Sunday. I’ve included a PDF entitled The Road to Easter below which is a pre-made version to work off of, or you can create your own with your child(ren). Here’s an example of what it might look like when it’s all done…
I can’t wait to start this with Natalie on Monday! If you have young kids at home we’d really love to have you join us. Please feel free to share as well. I truly hope that other families can enjoy this together as we count down to the celebrating the incredible gift of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Use the links below to access the PDF materials.