For many in our area, it's Spring Break.
The rain has stopped, the sun is shining and the alarm clocks have been turned off!
Perhaps you’re thriving, doing all the things and making all the memories. Or maybe, you’re ignoring the need to hustle and just savoring the time at home with your kids.
Either way, there is grace. Grace to do all the adventures and grace to spend some time resting.
Coincidentally, we’re also in the middle of Holy Week – the week leading up the greatest moment in our faith. And as our kids are home with us, what a great opportunity to lean into what these days mean and intentionally walk through it with them.
As we’re in the middle of Spring Break and the middle of Holy Week, here are a few activities you can do to engage your kids, have some fun and intentionally share Jesus with them in the final days leading up to Easter.
This is a fun and visual way to teach the Easter story to little ones – and you can find many of these items around your house! Starting with Jesus breaking bread with His disciples and ending with the empty tomb, this is a great way to tangibly walk through Scripture with your kids.
Jesus paid the full price for our sin through His death on the cross. This craft is a physical representation of that cost – that through His sacrifice, He purchased our sins and bought us eternal life!
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Why not combine some yummy food with a little Gospel presentation? Both you AND your kids will love this one. After baking a crescent roll-wrapped marshmallow, the marshmallow disappears, representing the Empty Tomb after Jesus is resurrected.
Serving Through Foot Washing
For this one, begin by reading John 13:1-17 to your children. If you have a Jesus Storybook Bible, read pages 286-288, “The Servant King”.Jesus, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, washed the dirty feet of His disciples. He showed no squeamishness. But rather, he humbled Himself, washed their feet and ordained them, so they could serve His church after he was gone.
This activity may make your kids giggle, but the significance of it will not be lost. Using only a large bowl or bucket, some water and rags, wash your children’s feet and let them wash yours. They can also wash their siblings feet! Use this as an opportunity to talk about loving and serving one another.
We hope these activities provide some new activities for your and your kids this week. As we count down to Easter, may we be intentional in pointing them to Jesus, who gives us new life and a real hope through His death and resurrection!