We have been doing lots of Easter stuff this week. I purchased an Easter ebook a few weeks back and have been planning ever since to use it for an Easter unit. Even though this unit is designed to use the entire month leading up to Easter, I wanted to save it and do all in one week. This worked out great considering we are on break from school. Some of the actual days we are doing activities for have already passed, but I am still doing them this week--Shrove Tuesday being one of them. We are also doing some non-religious Easter activities.
I started the week off by reading to the kids the story of Palm Sunday. Afterward, Joe and I made a paperbag donkey puppet. At dinnertime Joe retold the story to Jamie and used his puppet.
While Joe made his donkey puppet, Hanna made a "Jesus ascending into Heaven" craft that we will use later in the week as we read more of the Easter story in chronological order each day.
Tuesday we read about Shrove Tuesday, Lent and how Shrove Tuesday is also referred to as Pancake Day. I made happy face pancakes for supper. The kids loved their smiley face pancakes and were surprised to see them waiting on their plates.
We also read about the Passover. Joe and Jack made lambs that we used as we again retold the story of Passover to Jamie over dinner.
I saw a really cool activity using salt paint on my friend Christy's blog. I happened to have everything on hand to make the paint (and the books too) and knew the boys would enjoy doing this. We read the books Owen's Marshmallow Chick and Max Counts His Chickens, and afterward we made marshmallow chicks just like in the books. This paint is so cool! It made the chicks look and feel just like real Peeps. Joe loved the finished product, and Jack had a blast painting his!
Later that day I made some delicious pnut butter chocolate covered eggs with Easter sprinkles. They are SOOOOOO good! I love anything chocolate and pnut butter anyway, but these are super good! They were really quick to make up too. We've been enjoying these all week, and I think I may be making up another batch before the week is over.
This is my first year of planning and doing so many Easter themed activities. It has been so much fun! I can't wait to do all that I have planned for the rest of the week and weekend too. I am so glad I found the ebook we are using. I haven't focused on the real meaning of Easter as much as I should in years past. It has been very inspirational and spiritually uplifting to read with the kids each day in the scriptures the stories of Easter, and then hear the kids repeat what they've learned back to Jamie over dinner.
This is such a special time of year. Christ's sacrifice for us, the Atonement, the resurrection, eternal life, repentance--all that Easter symbolizes have played and do play such an important part in my life--past and present, and future too. I am so very thankful for my Savior. I cannot begin to imagine where I would be had He not made this sacrifice for me. I cannot comprehend all that He suffered and endured to make all these things possible either. His love for us is beyond comprehension.
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