Fun Christian Easter Activities for Families

Fun Christian Easter activities for kids

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The following is a list of do-able crafts, simple snacks, Easter egg hunt additions, and Easter books will help your family celebrate a meaningful Easter in a fun way. Without further ado, here’s the list of fun Christian Easter activities for families and children’s ministries!

I worked in paid children’s ministry for 15 years, and before that I was a volunteer for many years. I also have kids of my own that I have experimented on extensively. 😜 These ideas are ones that I think would work well in either a children’s ministry or home context.

Teaching the Easter Story

Let’s start with the basics – teaching the actual Easter story. Here are several ways to do it:

Christian Easter books that will help you explain the meaning of Easter to your kids and grandkids. Use as Christian Easter gifts or for an Easter basket. #Easter #Christianparenting #familydiscipleship

Remember, telling your kids the story may not look like a perfect little Sunday School picture with your kids sitting raptly at your knee, because you and your kids are imperfect! If your kids squirm or get distracted, that is totally normal. That’s why we celebrate once per year!! You’ll have another chance next year to approach it in a different way. Read this mom’s account of an imperfect Easter.

Easter crafts

crafts for Easter

If you’re the crafty sort, here are some really simple crafts you can do without too much prep or mess. I’m a big fan of crafts that don’t have a specific outcome, like painting and creative displays, because I think kids learn more from creating art than from cutting out a picture and slapping it on in a specific spot. If I use those, it’s always to create a craft that can double as a toy, like the clothespin tomb craft below. Otherwise, it’s just busy work that ends up in the garbage!

Easter snacks!

Easter snacks for kids

Who doesn’t love snacks?? Yum! I’m excited about these and am having a hard time deciding exactly which ones to use this year. I’m sure my kids wouldn’t mind if I used them all. 😂

Christian Easter Egg Activities

Christian easter egg hunt

Contrary to popular lore, Easter eggs don’t just come from an ancient pagan festival. There may still be some of that, but eggs have two direct connections to Easter:

  1. Jewish people use an egg as part of the Passover meal. Before the temple was destroyed in 70 AD, they would eat lamb which was either sacrificed on the temple altar or symbolized the temple sacrifice. After the destruction of the temple, a new custom rose up. There is now just a lamb bone at the Passover Seder meal (not the meat), and eggs are eaten instead of lamb. Since Easter is essentially the ultimate Passover celebration, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to include eggs! (source)
  2. For Christians, the empty egg is symbolic of the empty tomb. (source)

For those 2 reasons, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to use Easter eggs as part of your fun family tradition! You could even explain these two reasons to your kids, if you like.

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creative easter eggs
  • Want to do an Easter egg hunt with your kids, but with a Christian twist? Grab a package of Resurrection Eggs (see them on Amazon) and sprinkle them in with your regular eggs for a surprise! Once they’ve found all the eggs, separate out the Resurrection Eggs and use the info in the egg container to tell the story of Easter.

My kids love Resurrection Eggs – every once in a while they’ll pull them down from the closet and go through them on their own because they think they’re so neat. I have no problem with them remembering the Easter story in the middle of the summer!

  • Tell the story using this funky new product, called “The Story Egg“. It includes a book and 7 nesting wooden eggs that tell the Easter story!

Object Lessons and Experiments

If you’re not crafty or a baker or into Easter eggs, here are some neat hands-on teaching activities that will help your kids understand the meaning of Easter.

easter object lesson

Finally, here’s a really cool experiment you can show your kids: