Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy Easter!

For Easter this year I really wanted it to be more focused on Christ. Easter morning the kids received a picture of Jesus in their baskets (no candy). It was wonderful to hear them so excited to get a picture of Jesus - and no complaining about no candy (probably since they don't know any better yet).
I wanted to wake up early and make them pancakes for breakfast. Well, let's just say I didn't wake up in time... so it became dinner instead.

I was trying to get the kids to remember the rock that rolled away from the tomb with the pancakes. After some coaxing the kids caught on. I think they look like rocks, and I even put apples and cinnamon in them to help them seem more like rocks - they tasted yummy too!

I was going to take the analogy further with the strawberries being like the blood... but seeing how they were just understanding the "rocks" I didn't want to get too gory (I'm also not sure that would be a great food analogy though, however if you added whipped cream on top then you would have the white - like when our sins are washed away because of the atonement!) I'm sure that's another lesson for when they grow a little bit, but feel free to use it if you think that's a good idea (not sure Jeff thought it was a good idea :)).

That night we did the Easter Eggs with the symbols of the atonement and resurrection. The kids loved it and it went over the scriptures about all the symbols (nails, cloth, purple robe, etc). By the time we got to the last egg and it was empty the kids were so excited! Christ was risen and the tomb (egg) was empty. It was such a joy to teach that to my kids!
As part of Easter Grandma and Grandpa and Grandma Whitmer send Easter packages! The kids loved that a lot! They got a stuffed bunny, candy, little canvas bags with candy, games (go fish), pencils, and eggs. Thank You to the grandparents!!!
With the eggs we did a family egg hung for FHE on Monday night.


Mother of 4, Caregiver of 6 said...

That is a lot of eggs.

The Gee Six said...

I think that was a great idea. Thanks for sharing. We always do the Easter egg hunt thing on Saturday so that my kids can separate the two. Those "rocks" looked yummy!

westen and ladawn said...

Your a great mom. I like that idea for the pancakes. My kids loved watching your kids find the eggs in your video. Thanks for sharing!!