Our favorite Easter books for preschool and young elementary

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The two biggest holidays on the Christian calendar are Christmas and Easter (Resurrection Day). I feel like Christmas probably gets more press time than Easter. But we still have a list of books that we read every year in the weeks leading up to Resurrection Day.

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  • Peek-a-Bible The Easter Story is a great lift the flap book that tells the story of Resurrection Day. It starts with Jesus riding into town on a donkey, includes The Last Supper, the garden, Jesus on the cross, and His resurrection.
    The Easter Story is a cute little board book that tells the story with nice pictures and easy sentences.
  • God Gave Us Love is a long conversation between Little Cub and Grandpa about loving someone but not always liking what they do. At the end they talk about how God loves us so much that He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins.
  • God Gave Us Easter is another story about little cub. This time, Papa explains that Easter is even better than Christmas because Jesus died on the cross for us. He also talks a lot about how spring can point us to Jesus. I also really like that Papa explains what it means to listen to God and when Little Cub wakes up in the morning she is excited to report that she heard from God too.
  • Lily’s Easter Party has been one of Clarissa’s favorite books since we bought it when she was two. In this story, Lily invites some of her friends over for a special Easter egg hunt. At the egg hunt, the children are instructed to put the eggs in a basket on the table. Then once all the eggs are found, mom and dad sit down with the kids and open the eggs in order. Each egg has a small object inside that tells the story of Jesus and his Resurrection. This is a great book if you have resurrection eggs, but you can also read it on it’s own.
  • The Parable of the Lily is a story about Maggie who receives a present in the mail in the middle of winter. There were instructions to put the box in a cool dark place and plant it in spring. One day, Maggie accidentally made a mess in the cellar and threw her box into the yard and forgot about it. On Easter morning, she woke up to beautiful lilies in her yard. She was excited about new life. She realized that the gift was from her father and she learned a lesson in forgiveness.
  • Holy Week is a new one for us this year. It is a board book that talks about the names of different emotions and places them with a Bible verse and a picture to tell a different part of the Holy Week story.
  • In The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story, Brother and Sister Bear start the story really excited about all of the candy that will be in their Easter baskets but learn the real story of Easter in Sunday school.
  • We love Little Critter in this house, so Happy Easter Little Critter gets read too, even though they have an Easter bunny and do an egg hunt at the church picnic.

You can read our favorite books about Christmas here.

Lifegiving Home: April

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The move definitely put me behind on my reading. The chapters on March touched on rest. As we are settling in to our new routine in Pyeongtaek, I am making an effort to plan for rest. Clarissa is going back to some rest time in the afternoons and I have not committed us to many things in our schedule. It has been nice to spend more time at home, just playing and enjoying my time with my family.

April is titled “a heritage of faith.” In this chapter, Sarah talks about how she saw her parents’ faith while growing up. It reminded me that I enjoy listening to music while I wash dishes and clean the house. Playing music would promote a certain atmosphere in my home.

She also talks about how when she would wake up in the morning, she would always find her mother with her Bible and often she would just join her. She continues the tradition of morning devotions as an adult. So often, I have tried to wake up early to be finished with my devotions before Clarissa wakes up. Now that she is waking up earlier, maybe I should just let her join me or have special books in my room for her.

Sarah discussed many of her family’s Easter traditions. I realized that I never got around to blogging about Easter.

Clarissa and I did Sense of the Resurrection again this year. We didn’t get through all 12 lessons, just the first 10. Clarissa’s favorite lessons were probably washing each other’s feet and when we put a red dot on our hand to show where the nail pierced Jesus’s hand. She often would color the picture on the flag and then cut it out so the flags looked a little different this year.

This year, we added Resurrection Eggs to our tradition. I hid the eggs inside the house while she was playing with Daddy in the kitchen. After she found the eggs, we sat on the couch as we read the story Lily’s Easter Party. In the book, Lily invites her friends to a special egg hunt and as they open each egg, they learn about the toys inside. As they learn about the donkey, crown of thorns, and a rooster, they learn the true resurrection story.

I love that now any time she sees an empty egg, she says it’s empty like the tomb Jesus was in. She enjoys playing with the toys inside as well. I’m not sure that all of the eggs and toys are currently accounted for… Clarissa has requested egg hunts since then. She doesn’t quite understand. When it is her turn to hide the eggs, she will tell me to stay in the kitchen while she hides the eggs. Then, she brings me to each egg and tells me to pick it up and put it in the basket. No finding for me.

 

 

 

 

Easter Season

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One thing that I like about Christmas is that it isn’t just a one day event. It’s a whole season. Stores have decorations and lights up for the entire month of December. There are devotionals to get you from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

But Easter doesn’t seem to get the same treatment. I don’t know if it’s because the date of Easter hops around from year to year. Or if it’s because it’s easier to get excited about Jesus the baby than Jesus on the cross.

Either way, I wanted Easter to seem longer. I really enjoyed doing Truth in the Tinsel with Clarissa this year. Amanda has also published an Easter series called Sense of the Resurrection. There were twelve lessons about the Easter story that each dealt with one of the five senses. So we spent March doing some fun activities. Each day also had a flag to remind us of that piece of the story.

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Clarissa had a great time when I washed her feet. We talked about how Jesus washed the feet of the disciples.

We made banana muffins and talked about the last supper.

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She really enjoyed our Jesus dance party to learn about Palm Sunday. She randomly shouts “Hosanna!” any time she sees a donkey (or horse).

She became obsessed with roosters for a few days too (read about her meeting with a rooster here). Clarissa also requests the “Good Morning” song on a regular basis now.

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It was a great way to introduce Clarissa to all of the pieces of the resurrection story. And a good way for me to remember Jesus the whole month.

We used the Jesus Storybook Bible as well as the Beginner’s Bible to learn all of the Bible stories. Clarissa also enjoyed God Gave Us Easter, God Gave Us Love, Lily’s Easter Party, the Peek a Bible Easter Story, the Easter Story, The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story, and the Parable of the Lily. All great stories that point kids to Jesus instead of the Easter bunny.

We did do some other typical Easter activities too. We decorated cookies with Haven. It is funny to watch. Haven is more excited about making and decorating the cookies. Clarissa will usually help for a minute or two. But she is most excited about eating the cookies (and dough).

We also went to the Easter egg hunt on post. She got to see several of her friends. She found one egg very quickly and wanted to play with it and open it. It took some convincing to get to her to find more before the hunt was over. She ended up with four eggs. And a bag of candy. I like that they gave every child the same bag of candy, regardless of how many eggs they found.

On Resurrection Day, we made waffles as a family. After breakfast, we presented Clarissa with her Easter basket. She loves her new book where the bears learn that there is more to Easter than candy. She was most excited about her little chick that peeps. We made cookies after nap time.

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