Christian Easter Activity Ideas for Families
The season of Easter is upon us, and it is time to reflect on Christ’s death and the glory of the days that followed! There are many ways to celebrate Easter as a family, all of which can be simple, fun, and help children understand the meaning of this holiday.
Look below to get 25 Christian Easter activity ideas for families and see what a fun and inspirational holiday this can be!
1. Create a resurrection garden.
In a shallow pot, plant some grass seed. Add 3 crosses made from twigs or sticks. This mini resurrection garden can help you remember the miracles that took place on Easter Day!
2. Attend religious services.
Get a copy of the religious services happening at your local house of worship. There may be evening services, additional prayer groups, a sunrise service, even choice concerts as the holiday grows near.
3. Read about the passion of Christ.
Read a story about the passion and learn more about the suffering Christ went through and the people He met along His crucifixion journey.
4. Attend stations of the cross.
See if a local church is offering stations of the cross, a prayer service where you can walk the road to Christ’s crucifixion and embrace prayer and reflection on the way.
5. Buy an Easter lily.
An Easter lily is a symbol of peace and forgiveness. Buy an Easter lily and display it in your house so you can remember the reason for the season.
6. Craft your own cross.
Use craft sticks and yarn/twine to make your own cross. This is a great way for kids to get crafty and remember why we celebrate Easter.
7. Read books about Easter.
Head to the library and look for children’s books about Easter. You can find many fiction as well as non that focus on the religious aspect of the holiday. There are a lot of cute, Christian-based Easter books available to add to the family reading library! This one is fun because it includes stickers so it’s more interactive for younger kids. You could also get a Bible based activity book like this one to present the Easter story in fun new way.
8. Watch a family friendly version about the passion.
Check local television listings for showings of the passion. There should be some family friendly versions on during the holiday.
9. Spend some time with elderly people that may be lonely.
Around the holidays many older people that don’t have family come to visit them often get very lonely. This is a wonderful time to visit a home for the elderly and find out who could use some company. This is a great way to show your children how to bring joy to others. Maybe you could even share the Easter story with them while you’re there!
10. Give up bad habits or small luxuries for Lent.
You can also give up bad habits or small luxuries during the Lenten season, to help you understand Christ’s sacrifice and get closer to God.
11. Consider meatless Fridays.
Many Christians give up meat during the Lenten season. This is a good way to experience going without to get an idea of a sacrifice Jesus made for us.
12. Volunteer to paint Easter eggs with underprivileged kids.
Volunteer at a local school or homeless shelter, helping kids color Easter eggs. While you’re doing that, you could discuss with the children the real meaning of Easter. Many of these children may have never had the chance to hear the Easter story before.
13. Help serve Easter dinner at a homeless shelter.
Many homeless shelters are under-served, so volunteer your services during the holiday. Offer to serve a holiday dinner to people in need.
14. Attend an Easter vigil.
Find an Easter vigil happening at your local church or house of worship. These late night, candle lit vigils tend to be quite peaceful.
15. Read passages in the Bible.
Take some time to read passages from the Bible that talk about the death and resurrection of Jesus.
16. Learn about Passover.
Passover takes place during the Easter season, so take this time to answer questions kids may have about it.
17. Donate clothing items to people in need.
Continue to purge your life of unnecessary things. Get rid of any clothes you don’t need and donate them to someone in need. Talk with your children about how important it is to give to others. You could even refer to where in the Bible it talks about giving and share that with them.
18. Learn some Easter hymns.
There are so many peaceful Easter hymns out there. Amazon Music Unlimited has a good amount of them available to listen to! You can sign up for a free 30 day trial so you don’t have to pay for the service if you don’t already have it. If you cancel before the trial is up, you won’t have to pay anything at all and you can enjoy some wonderful Easter hymns!
19. Have some palms blessed.
Get some palms on Palm Sunday, and have them blessed. You can display them in your home during the season as a reminder that Jesus’s resurrection is coming.
20. Participate in a prayer chain.
Participate in a prayer chain with friends or at your church. Praying for others is a wonderful way to give of yourself to others. The power of prayer is amazing!
21. Receive Ashes on Ash Wednesday.
Find a service offering ashes on Ash Wednesday, and receive ashes to mark the season.
22. Pray together as a family.
Take the time each night to pray together as a family and bond over the Bible. This is something to consider adding to your nightly routine year-round. Praying for your family and others can bring peace to your life even during trials.
23. Attend an Easter play.
See if any local churches are putting on Easter plays or concerts. If so, attend as a family!
24. Write a letter to Jesus.
Have children write a letter to Jesus, thanking him for his sacrifice.
25. Pass out scripture eggs.
Write scripture passages and place them in plastic eggs. Pass them out to family and friends as a way to bring more attention to the reason we celebrate Easter.
As you can see, there are many ways to enjoy the Easter season and all the blessings it brings. Consider these 25 ways to enjoy Easter as a family and embrace this holiday to the fullest!