Fun Christian Easter Activities for Families

Fun Christian Easter activities for kids

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: Directly from the Bible (that’s the easiest place to start!). You can find the Easter story in the last 1/3 of each of the 4 gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. If … Read More

The Bible Is Not About Animals (Let’s Stop Teaching Our Kids That It Is!)

teach the Jonah and the whale Bible story to kids

I was in Children’s Ministry a long time. In fact, I started when I was still a kid – at age 12 I started volunteering in Sunday School. I spent most of the next 24 years either in either paid or volunteer ministry. At 18 years old, I led a preschool Sunday School class in the hallway of a community center, where I used fake potted plants to keep the kids from running off. I ran the preschool summer programs at a local megachurch, where we once had 57 five-year-olds in one room. And I was the Director of Children’s Ministries at my mid-sized church for most of 2006-2018 (barring a little time off for each of my 3 babies). And I have to tell you, Children’s Ministry is one of the most amazing places in the world. But it can also be one of the saddest places in the … Read More

The Surprisingly Simple Tradition That Will Bring Focus To Your Christmas

Advent wreath for the Advent candle tradition

When I pull candles out of their box, I run my fingers along their smooth surface and inhale their subtle scent. A lighter snaps, and the wick gently accepts the flame. It shudders to life. One candle has the power to brighten the darkness, but is incredibly fragile on its own. A single puff could blow it out. In Matthew 12, Jesus quotes a prophecy from Isaiah 42: “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.” A smoldering … Read More

9 totally awesome ways to read the Bible with your kids

9 ways to read the Bible

Imagine this…you pull out the Bible, and all your kids groan. (Honestly, you do too. Deep down.) It’s a fight every day to read the Bible and make it seem applicable to your child’s life. They squirm, they roll their eyes 🙄 or they simply wander away. 🏃🏽 Does this happen in your home too? It used to happen in mine! But it doesn’t anymore. (mostly. let’s keep it real!) It is possible to engage each child in a way that makes their eyes pop with the relevance of Scripture to their daily lives, while letting them be wiggly. Would you fall over in shock if you kids begged to read the Bible with you? With the ideas below, you could:  learn how to engage each child in a way that makes their eyes pop with the relevance of Scripture to their daily lives. take that squirminess and put it … Read More

Connect with your child spiritually through coloring

Sometimes as a mom you just need some peace and quiet, am I right? But it’s those times when your kids seem to need you the most. What if I told you that you could have some quiet time WITH your kids, and even have a short spiritual conversation at the same time? It’s possible. I’ve done it! When was the last time you created art with your kids? I really enjoy painting with my boys, although I have to admit that I cringe when they pull out the glitter! Colouring together can draw us closer to God! Adult colouring is ALL the craze these days. I’d be surprised if you haven’t coloured in at least one adult colouring book! I did a quick internet search this week to learn WHY we are so attracted to colouring. Watch the video to find out what I found, or read the transcript … Read More

One fun (and surprisingly meaningful) way to celebrate Advent

Wise men search for Jesus

Written by Melinda Biel I grew up in a wonderful, God-loving, Jesus-preaching Christian home but for some reason I have not really learned how to celebrate advent other than scarfing down chocolate from a cardboard window. (I actually don’t consider that advent related…I thought it was just a yummy countdown to Christmas Day.) Now that I have 3 kiddos of my own and hear the word ‘advent’ popping up frequently, I decided this year was the year I was going to “take on” advent for real.   Thankfully that’s also when Christie posted her blog article concerning advent. Just as she suggested, I skimmed for ideas first and then read the details of the ones I liked. The idea of having The 3 Wise Men search for baby Jesus (a play on ‘elf on the shelf’) seemed perfect. Simple, fun, doable, and advent-ish enough to check “take on advent” off … Read More

8 kid-approved ways to have a Jesus-focused Christmas

INSIDE: This Christmas, set out a few strategic toys to help your kids experience a Jesus-focused Christmas, through play. His chubby hands wrapped up the stuffed bear in a special blankie, then lowered the swaddled bear into a laundry basket. “Ni-night Jesus,” he said. I tucked him in, and made sure that the Jesus-bear was ready for sleep as well. Together, we acted out a story as old as time. “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,  and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:6, 7 (NIV) Christmas is the perfect time to learn to incorporate play into your child’s Bible learning, because the subject matter is so gentle and the story is so familiar to even the most irregular church-goer. … Read More

A practical way to encourage thankfulness in your home

Thankfulness Tree

Developing a thankful heart in our kids is a top priority for many families, and one that becomes a bigger priority when autumn (and Thanksgiving) rolls around! If you’re looking for a fun way to encourage thankfulness in your family, consider creating a Thankfulness Tree. This is the one we had a few years ago. We added to it afterward but I neglected to take a picture when it was more full of leaves. For one season I hung this tree in our front entryway, and during another Thanksgiving season I hung it in our kitchen. I created the paper tree out of butcher paper and attached some pre-cut leaves. The following pictures are from my friend’s house – her teen daughter made this one with her friend! The year we had our Thankfulness Tree in the entrance, it was the first thing that you saw when you walked in … Read More

the day I accidentally taught my kids about perseverance

I set the boys up with an activity then settled into my project for the day: homemade kinetic sand. The websites all made it seem easy…which meant that I was doomed for a #pinterestfail. My kids listened as I grumbled and groaned over batch after failed batch. My slime was too thick. The sand was too clumpy. It was NOTHING like the kinetic sand in the store. It was more like kitty litter. (used kitty litter. yeah.) While I tortured myself, E, my 7-year-old was just as frustrated in his corner. He was trying to build something out of recycling, something that seemed grand and glorious inside his head but wasn’t panning out properly. Eventually, he gave up. Just before lunch, when I said I was giving up too, my wise little 5 year piped up, “at least you tried. Right Mommy? It’s important that you tried.” Heart melted and … Read More

Everything You Need To Throw An Epic Birthday Party for Jesus!

Activities, snacks and crafts for a birthday party for Jesus

INSIDE: Awesome decor, snacks, books, and games to throw a birthday party for Jesus with your kids! I’m excited to welcome Julie Kieras from Happy Strong Home to my blog today! As much as the advent season is a time of waiting and contemplation, with young children you can’t help but be drawn towards the celebratory side of Jesus’ birth. The angels sing. Mary sings. The shepherds sing. Such a joy-filled time of song and wonder, joy and excitement can open a door into our children’s hearts, allowing us to guide them into thinking about the deeper meanings of Christ’s first coming. Because what child doesn’t love and understand the concept of a birthday party? The waiting for the big day. The gifts (also awaited!). The central figure (birthday boy or girl!). The song of celebration, along with feasting (cake!), and enjoyment. Create an advent birthday party for Jesus as a … Read More