Let your kids discover the surprise of the empty tomb on Easter
morning with these plaster rocks.
You'll need tissue paper, aluminum foil, plaster of Paris, paint,
and paintbrushes. You'll also need a small plastic butterfly to
hide inside the rock.
Wrap the butterfly in tissue paper, then wrap aluminum foil
tightly around the covered butterfly. Mix plaster of Paris
according to package instructions. Roll the foil packet in the
plaster of Paris mixture until it's completely covered. Then place
it on wax paper to dry. Once it's dry, paint it to make the rock
On Easter morning let your child crack open the rock to reveal the
butterfly toy. Remind your child about the new life we have because
Jesus rose from the dead on Easter morning.
During Easter week, use a basket of prayer eggs to encourage your
family to spend time together in prayer.
Place slips of paper with prayer topics inside plastic eggs. Make
enough eggs for each family member to open one per day during the
week leading up to Easter. Include praise and gratitude and prayers
for family members, your church, and the community. Open the prayer
eggs at meals or bed time and pray as a family for the opened
requests. Place special prayer eggs in the basket on Easter morning
to celebrate Jesus' resurrection.
Spring is a reminder of new life -- fun things such as baby birds
and bunnies abound this time of year. Help your child make a funny
bunny out of an old sock.
1. Turn a white tube sock inside out and cut down the middle of
the sock from the toe to two inches before the heel.
2. Demonstrate how to do a simple needle-and-thread sewing stitch
and help your child sew the cut portions of the sock to create
3. Turn the sock right side out. Sew buttons for eyes on the heel
portion of the sock, just below the ears.
4. Sew or glue a small pompom for a nose.
Make bunnies for your entire family and put on a sock puppet show
Young children often have to be away from their parents during the
day. Ease your time apart by asking your child to tell about his or
her day in pictures.
Ask your child to draw a picture of something he or she did or the
best part of the day. Then ask your child to show you the picture
at the end of the day. Try to guess what the picture is about, then
let your child reveal the picture's story and talk about the
Hugs While You're Away
Many parents travel for business, and kids may have a hard time
understanding how long it'll be until Mom or Dad returns home. The
next time you travel, fill a jar with Hershey's Hugs candies -- one
for each day you'll be away. Tell your child to get one "hug" each
day while you're away, and when the jar is empty, you'll be home to
give your child a hug in person.
Surprise notes tucked in lunch boxes and school cubbies let your
child know you're thinking about him or her during the day. Use
these fun note ideas to connect with your child while you're
• Secret Code -- Write a note in code with an attached key or a
picture message such as:
(I love you).
• Interactive-Leave a note acknowledging how busy life is for your
family. Then ask your child to choose from a list of options how he
or she would like to spend time with you at the end of the
• Encouragement and Gratitude-Let your child know you're aware of
what's going on in his or her life with a note highlighting
something specific. Say, "I know you studied hard for today's math
test. Good job!" or "Thanks for feeding the dog this morning. You
really saved me time and I appreciate it!"
KidQuote: When asked how he liked the three-hour Passion play,
Richard, 4, replied, "It was just like my Bible but it was way
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