We are Christians and as such, Easter is a very important holiday to our family. We still love to hunt for eggs and eat way too much chocolate and marshmallow bunnies, but we try to spend some time focusing on the true purpose of Easter. This can be difficult with kids who get very excited about dying eggs and hunting for candy, so this year, we combined both versions of Easter and made an Easter Advent. Hopefully, this is successful and doesn’t thoroughly confuse my children.
I started by taking what I think are the most important parts of the Easter story from the New Testament and broke them into seven parts. I listed the verses and then wrote a small explanation, because the Bible may be a bit confusing for small children.
Then I printed seven egg shapes by using the “oval” shape in Word and printed them on card stock. Click here to download the file.
Now for my kids’ favorite part. We each got to decorate the eggs. This was a big hit. Here are our seven eggs, complete with a solar system egg courtesy of my five-year-old.
Now I printed the Easter story on regular paper (I had to suck in the margins quite a bit and make the print small enough to fit on the eggs). Click here to download the file.
Next, I cut the story into the seven sections.
Using a glue stick, I glued the story pieces onto the back of the decorated eggs.
We decided to hang our eggs across the window, but you could stick them on the wall with sticky tacky, or attach them to a ribbon on the wall. I used a small white ribbon and attached it to the wall using thumb tacks.
Last of all, I hung the eggs on the string using clothes pins.
These lovely eggs will decorate our home until one week before Easter.
Beginning the Monday before Easter, we’ll read an egg every morning. My hope is, this will help my kids focus on the true purpose of Easter throughout the week. I also hope, breaking the story into seven parts will help them understand it better. Before we read the egg each day, I’ll ask my kids to describe what we read the day before (with a little help 🙂 ).