Easter morning is a sacred celebration of redemption and restoration in our home. During this special time, we reflect on Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for us and celebrate new life in Jesus. As a mother, I welcome the opportunity to build a strong foundation of faith in my children by teaching them about the life-changing message of hope in Christ.
This year, I wanted to make the Gospel come alive and more meaningful for my children. I began a search for simple Christian Easter activities for families. While I wanted to make their learning fun and engaging, I was also short on time to plan something elaborate of my own.
Here’s a list of my favorite Christ-centered Easter activities for families that the whole gang will enjoy!
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Simple Easter Activities for Families
Faith-focused egg hunts
There’s something so sweet and special about brightly colored egg sprinkled throughout the landscape on a spring day! And now, there’s a way to incorporate the true message of Easter with this fun, family tradition.
In some eggs, place Scripture Scrolls inside. When kids sort through their eggs, collect the scrolls, gather everyone close, and read through the Bible verses on the scrolls. The story tells about death and resurrection of Jesus and why He came to Earth.
This precious activity is a meaningful way to make the Good News of Jesus come alive for your family! It will quickly become an Easter tradition you love!
Easter family devotional
Using the Easter Bible reading plan, we read through a bite-size Scripture each day. The story of redemption and restoration at the cross can be difficult for children to process and understand, so take a few minutes to help children understand what they read.
We use the Family Bible Study Toolkit to help kids process what they read. I love that these Bible study templates can be used all year long as a practical way to help kids have a firm foundation of faith.
The Resurrection Tree offers a simple, but fun way to discuss the life of Jesus and prepare your heart for Easter. Each day leading up to Easter Sunday, we will read a Scripture passage that explores Jesus’ life and the significance of His death on the cross.
As we discuss each verse, we will hang a card on the tree. By the time Easter Sunday comes, we’ll have an adorable, but meaningful decoration to grace our Easter festivities.
Or you can add all the Scripture eggs on the tree to start with and hunt for the verse each day. Either way, the Resurrection tree makes a meaningful Easter activity the whole family will love.
Acts of Kindness with the Jelly Bean Prayer
Acts of kindness activities are the perfect way to put the Gospel in action! I want my kids to learn that the message of Easter shouldn’t be kept for just one day a year. The best part of Easter is that Jesus came to die for ALL of us and exchange our sinful lives for His perfect grace.
The Good News of the Gospel isn’t something we should keep to ourselves, but it’s something to live each day. To share the hope of Jesus with our neighbors, we will make treats as an act of kindness.
Using the printable Jelly Bean prayer, we will prepare a treat for our neighbors. We will also use the card as an invitation for church on Easter Sunday.
These meaningful Easter treats have become a staple in our house. This family fun activity teaches children about the resurrection of Jesus and gives them a visual for how He rose from the dead.
- Crescent rolls
- Large marshmallows
- Baking sheet
Together, discuss the resurrection of Jesus and read through the Scriptures of the Easter Bible Reading Plan that share about Jesus’ death.
Have each child lay roll a crescent roll so it’s flat and open. Then, place one marshmallow in the center of the roll, just as Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb.
After that, have each child fold up the sides of the crescent roll and make sure there are no holes. Just as the tomb was sealed tight with a large boulder, the crescent roll should be tightly wrapped around the marshmallow.
Then, place the resurrection roll in the oven and bake according to the crescent roll package directions. Use the time that it’s cooking to read through the Scriptures of the Easter Bible Reading Plan that talk about the resurrection.
Once the rolls are out of the oven and cooled, explain to the children that just like Jesus rose from the dead even though the tomb was sealed, so the marshmallow also “escaped” and the tomb is open!
This Christian Easter activity will be a family favorite for years to come and something kids of all ages will look forward to!
Christ-centered sidewalk art
When the Covid-19 quarantine began in 2020, stories of encouraging side-walk art flooded the Internet. For a fun and meaningful twist, we created a cross sidewalk art that encouraged our neighbors with the true meaning of Easter.
We used masking tape in our driveway to outline the cross-shape. Then, we then used more tape to section off inside the cross.
After that, we colored in the sections with the chalk and talked about the death and resurrection of Jesus while we worked. Sometimes these casual conversations about faith are just as meaningful as our family Bible study time!
Once we were done, we removed the tape and were left with an encouraging message our neighbors could enjoy. We added some Bible verses around it and even though it was far from perfect, we love the way it turned out!
What are your favorite Christian Easter activities for families? Do share your favorites in the comments below!