Empty Tomb Cookies

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These cookies are an excellent activity to make with your children as your family prepares for Easter. We’ve given you a recipe before for Resurrection Rolls. This one is similar- Empty Tomb Cookies. I recently made them with 5 of my grandkids! Thanks to Faithful Provisions blog for the fun and excellent idea.

This activity involves making special cookies- where each ingredient and step is a representation of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Have your Bible with you as you make them! There are passages to read and thoughts to discuss as you make the cookies. It’s really a neat experience.

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Making a Resurrection Garden

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Have you seen the Resurrection Gardens that are all over Pinterest? (like the one pictured, below)

I think I first saw this project displayed on Pinterest by Melissa Holt. Thanks for the wonderful idea, Melissa. I’ve been wanting to do this for a few years now, and today we finally did.

I am currently watching 5 grandkids as their mom just had a new baby boy yesterday, and this seemed like a perfect project to attempt.

The kids gathered the pebbles and rock for the tomb from their creek this morning early before they came over. We had to run to Lowes to purchase the terra cotta tray. It cost $4.00.

Today we planted the grass seed. I am going to use this as a centerpiece for the Easter Season. Today is Feb. 28th and Easter is April 1 this year, so the grass should be growing well by then and we can enjoy it all during the season!

Here’s how our completed project (before the grass has grown) turned out:

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Q & A: Did You Tell Your Kids There Was An Easter Bunny?

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Q:  Did You Tell Your Kids There Was An Easter Bunny?

A: We chose not to tell our kids that the Easter bunny was real.

Why? Early on, we decided that we would not tell our children things that weren’t true. We never condemned anyone who chose otherwise, but so much of the Bible is supernatural and I didn’t want to confuse my kids with truth and fiction. (“So, now you’re saying the Easter Bunny isn’t real, but you still say Jonah in the belly of the whale really is real??” )

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Easter Cakes

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We always have a cake for dessert for Easter dinner; some years a lamb cake and other years a cross cake. (Last year my daughter-in-law made an empty tomb cake!)

Be sure to share the significance of each cake with your kids. Take time to read verses about the Lamb or about the Cross as you make the cake together, or around the table before you eat. I’ve included some suggested verses, below.

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Resurrection- Focused Easter Resources for Children

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Here are some fun resources you can use to teach your kids about the truth of the resurrection:

Easter Sticker Book-A delightful sticker book retelling the Easter story! The Easter Sticker Book sensitively depicts the story of Easter, from Palm Sunday through to the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, with clear and simple text and bright colorful stickers. Featuring sixty reusable stickers, children interact with the Easter story by searching for the correct stickers to complete each illustration.

‘The Story of Easter’ Board Book

A classic bestseller presented in a new size with fresh, bright illustrations. Here is the story of Easter told in about 200 words that are simple enough for a toddler to hear. From Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem through the crucifixion and the Resurrection, the Easter story is presented in its most traditional form. Vibrant illustrations paired with classic text bridge the connection between the biblical story and today’s Easter celebration. This book is unsurpassed as an introduction to the significance of Easter. Ages 2-5.

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Projects and Activities for a Christ-Centered Easter

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Easter is only a few weeks away. Here are a few fun ways you can focus your children’s attention to the Resurrection. We have enjoyed these over the years. As you work on these together, take some time to ask your children about Easter. What do they think it means? Talk about the significance of the empty tomb you are making. Do they know what ‘resurrection’ means? It’s a great opportunity to discuss and ask questions together.  

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Make A Resurrection Garden

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Resurrection GardenA dear friend of mine shared this with me. She plants a resurrection garden each year as a visual reminder that:

“Living, He loved me/Dying, He saved me/Buried, He carried my sins far away/Rising, He justified freely forever/One day He’s coming, O glorious day!”

What a great tradition! She uses wheat grass which grows quickly. The “tomb” is a clay flower pot turned on it’s side. Plant your wheat grass in mounded up dirt or potting soil. Spread rocks around the entrance to the”tomb”. Use a large rock for the stone that was rolled away on Resurrection Day. Place three crosses made from sticks at the back of the display.
I want to do this and use it as the centerpiece for the Easter season.
Thanks for sharing, Debbie!

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