The kids and I are anxious to get started on this devotional since we enjoyed the Christmas one so much. This devotional is designed to use the week leading up to Easter whereas the Christmas one was the entire month of December. If you want to get a copy for your family, click here.
Then, at the end of the week we will, Lord-willing, attend the Good Friday Service at our church. The following day we will head to my parents' for brunch with the whole family.This is becoming an annual tradition to do the day before Easter. On Easter we always head to my husband's Grandma's house for dinner and the kids do an Easter Egg Hunt there as well.
After brunch at my parents' we let the kids decorate Easter eggs. We put a hardboiled egg inside a whisk and it is MUCH easier to let them dye their own eggs this way. (I'm pretty sure I got this idea from Family Fun Magazine last year). This method works much better then having them try to balance the egg on a spoon or that flimsy little wire that comes in the box!
After decorating (or before!) we did an Easter Egg Hunt in the backyard. Thankfully I was able to pick up a lot more plastic eggs on clearance last year so it will be even more fun this year! Adam's Aunt has done an Easter Egg Hunt for his side of the family for years. (She really is a fun, fun aunt!) She hides all the plastic eggs and the kids collect them in a paper bag. Then at the end they all get a little goodie bag. I think I'll do the same idea and just pick up a fun gift for each of the kids at the $1 Store. Or, maybe I'll just put pennies inside all of the eggs. I haven't decided yet! :)
Looking for eggs!
On Easter morning we do very simple Easter baskets for each of the kids. This year I found some cute carrot shaped bubbles in the $1 section at Target along with some easter pencils and a couple other little things to put in their baskets. I also will give them The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs (I LOVE her Pine Tree Parable book. This Easter parable will be a new one for the kids). Of course, the kids like us to hide the eggs we decorated so they go on a hunt around the house. Even though when it's all said and done they've hunted for eggs 3 times they still don't tire of it. Last year they had me hiding eggs for about a week after Easter until I said enough is enough! :)
And, Lord-willing, we'll all be at church for the Cantata on Easter morning. I've heard it's very good and will have a power point accompanying it so I plan to have the kids sit in the service with us so they don't miss it!
I think that about sums up our plans for Easter! What Easter traditions do you do with your family? Also, just curious if you typically buy a new Easter outfit for your kids or is that something that has gone by the wayside in our modern era? :)
**I was not paid to write the review for the Easter devotional. I received a copy to keep for the purpose of review.