Ideas for families to discover the Good News of Easter–from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday.
Palm Sunday Discovery
Easter Tree of
Promises-Take a family walk and pick up a large
branch along the way. When you arrive home, search the Bible for
Scripture about God’s promises. Then cut out egg shapes and write
God’s promises on the eggs to hang on your Easter Tree of
Home-The day after Jesus’ celebratory entrance
into Jerusalem, he chased money changers out of the temple. Jesus
knew it was important for a place of worship to be welcoming. Call
your church and volunteer as a family to be a greeter for one of
your Easter celebration services.
Reminders-When Jesus was crucified he wore a
crown of thorns. Take frozen bread dough and twist it into a braid
and then into a circle. After it’s raised, have your children poke
toothpicks into the bread to represent thorns. Bake the bread.
Place the bread on your dining table for the remainder of the week.
When someone in your family observes another family member showing
mercy or kindness to another, that person can pull a thorn out of
the bread crown and place it in a jar or basket. Then during your
Easter Sunday meal, share all of the ways that each person observed
others lightening another’s burden, just like Jesus did for us on
Without-Easter reminds us of the great sacrifice
Jesus made for each of us. As a family, take the evening to go
without a simple daily luxury such as watching TV or turning on the
lights. Use the time to instead enjoy telling silly stories under
the stars or curled up together on the couch.
Serve-Maundy Thursday reminds us that Jesus was
preparing his disciples for his death and as an act of love, he
served them by washing their feet. To prepare for a weekend of
celebration, have each family member serve another such as cleaning
a sibling’s bedroom or washing a parent’s car.
Burden-As a reminder of Jesus’ suffering on the
cross, give each family member a small pebble to place in their
shoe for the day. It’ll be uncomfortable but not unbearable. Then
at dinner, talk about how it felt to carry that burden all day and
what Jesus’ suffering means to you.
Lift High the
Cross-An Easter tradition in the Caribbean is a
day to “lift high” the cross of Jesus as a reminder of his
sacrifice and resurrection. Celebrate as families do in this
culture by heading to a local park to fly a kite together for the
Cookies-Jesus’ resurrection is a sweet reminder
of how much God loves us. After worship, bake these sweet jelly
bean cookies to share with extended family or neighbors on Easter
Sunday to remember God’s sweet love for us. For the jelly bean
cookie recipe, go to