Happy Easter!

We at GTO would like to wish all of our readers and followers a truly blessed Easter. We pray that you will be able to enjoy some quality and joyful time with your family as you celebrate the resurrection of our wonderful Lord.

It can be difficult to focus on the true meaning of Easter, especially if you have younger grandchildren around. Everything that is directed at them during this season seems to be about bunnies and candy! We wanted to help you by providing a couple of simple ideas that will help you stay centered on Jesus as you spend time with your grandchildren this Easter:

~ Do the traditional dying of hard-boiled eggs with your grandkids, but as you do, use that opportunity to share with them how the egg is symbolic of the new life that Jesus has provided for us. Most kids have no idea how the egg came to be associated with Easter, so be sure to use this as a teachable moment for them. Additionally, you can have them write messages, such as “He is risen!” or draw symbols like the cross or a tomb on the eggs in crayon before dying them.

~ Send your grandkids on an Easter egg hunt–but add a twist to it. Type up simple scriptures (ones that your grandkids are somewhat familiar with are best), cut them out into strips of paper, the cut the scriptures into two parts (as close to the middle of the verse as possible). Put the two sections of the scripture into two different plastic eggs. Repeat this process for the total amount of plastic eggs you have.

After hiding the eggs and allowing your grandkids to find them, bring everyone together to open the eggs and match the scripture pieces to create correct verses. If you only have one grandchild, work with him or her yourself to match the scripture pieces together.

~ Let your grandchildren help you make Resurrection Rolls. This is a fun, easy, and delicious way to open up a discussion about Jesus coming out of the grave! Here’s the recipe (this version was found onĀ www.dltk-kids.com) :

Ingredients:

  • 1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • Melted butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

Instructions:

  • Give each child one triangle shaped section of crescent roll. This represents the tomb.
  • Each child takes one marshmallow which represents the body of Christ.
  • Dip the marshmallow in the butter and roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture. This represents the oils and spices the body was anointed with upon burial.
  • Lay the marshmallow on the dough and carefully wrap it around the marshmallow.
  • Make sure all seams are pinched together well. (Otherwise the marshmallow will “ooze” out of the seams)
  • Bake according to package directions.
  • Cool.
  • Break open the tomb and the body of Christ is no longer there!!
  • Celebrate God’s love!

This DLTK for Kids site, by the way, has some wonderful seasonal recipes and crafts for children. You might want to check it out for some other fun Easter ideas.

However you decide to spend your Easter, we pray that it will be a wonderful time of celebration!