Thursday, March 25, 2010

Guest Blogger: Lil Daisies

Bella, from Lil Daisies, and I are friends in "real life." We've known each other since college and see each other at least once a week. She throws fantastic parties and is currently planning a Wizard of Oz theme party for her soon to be five year old. Her Shrimp Quesadilla recipe was also recently featured on Creative2xmom as well. As the mother of three girls with one on the way, she's a great resource for all things "Mom" and I'm lucky to know her.

Celebrating Easter

"They will celebrate your abundant
goodness and joyfully sing of your
~Psalm 145:7~

How do you celebrate
Easter with your children?

I have had several people ask me this question. And, I think it is an important question to reflect upon -- Let me share with you our journey of celebrating Easter in our own home.

There are some that have the unsettled feeling about celebrating Easter with baskets and bunnies with little else to pass on to their own children. I have felt this way many times.

Since my family has a relationship with Christ, I desire for Christ to be a part of our family's daily life -- not just Sunday only -- everyday. I am finding ways to to bring the message of Jesus' resurrection into our home to our children.

I do want my girls to experience some of the "fun" of Easter, but I also want them to grow up learning WHY we celebrate Easter!

Just like Christmas, we develop traditions -- traditions that celebrate Easter in a fun, tangible way that still portrays the true meaning of this season: The Resurrection!

Traditions -- especially those children can see, hear, feel, smell and taste -- provide vivid impressions on which parents can build year after year. I will share with you some of our traditions that will hopefully enrich your own family's celebration of what might be more accurately called Resurrection Day.

Choose a few traditions from this collection that you think might suit your family. Share their meaning in whatever words your children will understand. Then, keep the traditions you like as part of your family's Easter heritage.

Whatever your activities or traditions that you create for your family, they should clearly include something meaningful and pointing to the true meaning of Easter and the Gospel.

Some excellent ways to teach your children why we celebrate Easter are through books, poems, crafts, activities, and object lessons.


Explanation of the story: Read the account from Scripture (Use a toddler bible if children are younger). Be creative with ithe telling of the story and use props such as a grave cloth, stems from a rose bush for crown thorn, 30 dimes for pieces of silver, etc.

Make a tomb out of couch cushions -- act out the part of the story to give them an idea about the tomb and why it is so great it became empty on the third day!

Use Puppets or Flannel Board if you have them. Be creative!

Make a special breakfast for Easter morning ~
cinnamon rolls baked on a cookie sheet in a cross shape.

One way that we are using to teach our kids about the death and resurrection of Jesus is throughResurrection Cookies. Each ingredient and each step symbolizes a portion of the events that led up to the resurrection.

Good Friday - make hot cross buns.



  • Resurrection Eggs - You can make these eggs yourself. Each plastic eggs contains an item that symbolizes a part of the Easter story along with the appropriate scriptures.
  • Easter Surprise - On Easter morning, your kids will get a surprise because Jesus has risen from the tomb (shoebox) in which he was buried only a few days earlier.
  • Resurrection Rolls - This project symbolizes the burial and resurrection of Jesus. The only ingredients needed are crescent roll dough, marshmallows, butter, cinnamon and sugar.
  • Jelly Bean Prayer

The NEW Jelly Bean Prayer

Red is for the blood He gave,
Green is for the grass He made,
Yellow is for the sun so bright,
Orange is for the edge of night.

Black, white, brown, yellow and red is for the children He made
All of these colors receive the grace He gave,
Purple is for the hour of sorrow,
Pink is for the new tomorrow.

Give a bag full of jelly beans,
Colorful and sweet,
Tell them it's a Prayer....
It's a promise..
It's an Easter Treat!


We still give our children Easter Baskets. They still have some typical items in the basket such as candy, stickers, and/or stuffed animal. But, I will also throw in creativity and do something a little different. I like to create themed baskets sometimes -- that are useful, especially as we head into the Spring/Summer seasons.

In the past, I have made:
"Garden Basket" with shovels, seeds, gloves, watering can
"Jesus": Coloring Book, Bookmark with Scripture, Puppets, etc.
" Artistic" : Coloring items, pens, pencils, paints, playdough, etc.
"Beach": Sand Bucket, Sand Toys, Bathing Suit, etc.
"Spa" : Fingernail polish, Fingernail stickers, Lip gloss, Hair pretties, etc.

From LIL DAISIES, we hope you and your family have a WONDERFUL and BLESSEDEaster!!

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