1) Resurrection Eggs - For the past several years we have been using a set that I put together with plastic eggs and the help of a website. This year, I decided to buy an actual set. I have to say, it has been totally worth it. We started it on the 20th of this month. Each day, the blessing leader of the day gives us a summary of the previous days eggs and then we open a new one. HERE is a great deal for one for next year if you don't already have one. ;)
2) Object Lesson on Forgiveness - I found this idea HERE and then added a little to it.
I cut a coffee filter into the shape of a heart.
We talked about this being a representation of our heart.
Then we talked about ways that we sin (disobey God) and how it makes our heart unclean.
For each sin the boys mentioned, I scribbled a little mark on the heart to make it dirty.
Then I poured red food coloring on the heart and said it symbolized Jesus
blood being poured out to cover over our sins. We read Isaiah 59:2 and Romans 6:23
We watched it spread over the whole heart.
Psalm 103:12 and Revelation 1:5
We are forgiven because of Jesus blood on the cross!
Then I poured a cup of bleach over the heart and described how because of
Jesus blood and resurrection we are washed clean and given new life.
We only need to repent of our sins and ASK for forgiveness to have our
dirty hearts cleaned and He forgives us!
3) Resurrection Rolls - I found the recipe HERE. We enjoyed this for snack time today - a very special treat. The marshmallow symbolizes Jesus and the crescent roll symbolizes the tomb. After it is baked, the tomb is empty!
4) Easter Cards - I got this idea from HERE. We used a cardboard template, painters tape and pastels. We marked the edges of the template with the pastels, attached them to the card stock and then smeared the pastels. Then we removed the template.
Aaron's sweet handwriting and we chose a verse to glue to the inside.
Phew, we've been busy. I have a couple more activities planned for after rest time and we're planning to try out this cross activity tomorrow with Daddy. We'll see how it goes!
Really struck today by how we should take time every day all year long to reflect on the cross. It is because of our sin that He died and it is because of His resurrection that we have hope and new life! Rejoice! Hallelujah! What a Savior!