The snow is melting and our yard looks like a swamp. But we can hear the birds chirping and our grass is growing greener by the day. This can only mean one thing: spring is coming, and with it our family’s favorite holiday: Easter. For us, this season is about renewal, rebirth, and the resurrection of creation from a long winter’s nap — and the renewal of our hearts as we consider, and rejoice over, the resurrection of the King. Easter lesson plans are some of my favorites of the year because they speak to the most important learning our children can do: heart learning. He is alive, so let’s celebrate and explore Easter like never before! This year, our family will be diving into Easter lesson plans and devotions that focus on gaining a brighter, deeper, and lasting vision of the cross, with a little history and culture thrown in for good measure.
Easter Lesson Plans to Make the Most of the Season
We complete our family devotions each morning over breakfast as an entire family. This gives my husband the ability to lead and be part of our prayer time before he leaves for work. During Easter season, our devotions are more intentional, and happen before bed so we can take our time and go deeper into the material.
When our children were younger, we used Resurrection Eggs as a way to make devotions hands-on and visual for younger children. Each year, our children made a set of eggs to give away to a neighbor or friend as a way of spreading the gospel and blessing others. We love the sensory experience of opening the eggs and talking about the terrible, wonderful path Jesus took to the cross to save us from ourselves. Even our pre-teen loves being the “egg opener” each evening!
If you have older kids, consider downloading or working through a devotional that best suits your family. From online video devotions, to creating a Jesus Tree, to simple daily readings, spending time studying God’s word together during this season is a treasure of utmost value. We are going to incorporate Buck Denver’s series this year, because our kids LOVE the “What’s in the Bible?” videos. Regardless of the format of Easter devotions you choose to enjoy as a family, leave enough time for questions and heartfelt discussion as you lead your children towards a deeper vision of the cross.
Easter lesson plans: history and culture
By nature, and by degree, I am a history teacher. So when it comes to Easter lesson plans, history is always at the top of my list! After all, our entire calendar system is based on the life and death of Jesus. His importance in history is immeasurable. Here are a few amazing history Easter lesson plans to enjoy and study with your family this year:
- Research the origin of the word “Easter” as a group. Create a poster or report on your findings … which may surprise you!
- Study how Easter is celebrated around the world. Add a new dish or activity to your Easter traditions based on what you learn.
- Bunnies abound during this season. But why? Discover the origins of the Easter bunny and why he has become a cultural icon.
- Colorful, decorated eggs are everywhere at Easter, and can be quite beautiful. Some of the most beautiful are Faberge eggs, first commissioned by Czar Alexander III for his wife. Watch this video, then try your hand at creating Faberge eggs of your own.
Celebrating Easter is one of the most relished experiences in our family. Fill your Lenten season with more than just chocolate eggs and bunnies this year, as you journey with Jesus on the road to Calvary while exploring interesting reactions and Easter rituals. The benefits will be extraordinary and add so much to your life basket and give you a new sense of wonder at the mystery and majesty of the cross!