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As a Christian, Easter is an important holiday for me. It’s very easy to argue that for those who believe in the birth, burial and resurrection of a spotless savior that Easter is more important than Christmas as we celebrate our eternal freedom. While Easter egg hunts are adorable they shouldn’t be our primary focus. It’s vital that we raise our children to know and understand the true meaning of Easter. One of the many reasons that I am proud to be known as an ambassador for Oriental Trading is due to the fact they offer so much for those who believe in Christ.
As a children’s church teacher I adore the option to shop through Oriental Trading in an attempt to bring my lessons to life. As a mother, I appreciate that a business doesn’t divert away from the message of a greater hope.
Faith Filled Easter Basket Ideas
Just like any mom, I can’t wait to see my kids dolled up on Easter. It’s adorable to watch them get excited over chocolate eggs and baby bunny rabbits. I just like to balance it out with a little bit of solid foundation and as a children’s church leader I desire that other parents do the same. That’s why I’m sharing some simple ways to bring faith into Easter baskets this year.
Add A Book
I’m an advocate of reading to young children and encouraging young children to read to adults. One of the best ways to help a child grow in their faith is by reading stories to them. The book shown in the picture above is a great book for preschoolers and younger children. It starts off teaching children about how Jesus rode into town riding on the donkey while the people shouted “Hosanna!”. Then it follows the story through to Passover supper and into the garden where Jesus prayed to His father. The next page gives a quick explanation of the crucifixion explaining that the disciples were sad but that Jesus knew if had to happen and how the sky grew dark. Finally, the story ends as Jesus rises up from the grave.
Of course, there are other books out there for older children that you could add to your baskets. If your child does not have a Bible then this would be a wonderful time to gift them one that is for children their own age.
If you are interested in giving out these books to young children at your church then you will be pleased to know that these books come in packages of a dozen.
Did you notice the crosses on the eggs in the picture above? That was the first thing I noticed too, those Easter eggs are pre-filled with an assortment of items such as small bouncy balls, stickers, bracelets, and more. A fun and easy way to add a touch of meaning to a basket would be to empty one of the eggs ahead of time. Surely your children may be disappointed at first to find that one of the eggs is empty. However, this would be a great conversation starter and a simple way to remind them that the day is about much more than hunting for eggs.
Choose The Animals Wisely
Kids love animals! Who can blame them? My own daughter is having difficulty learning that she can’t just run up to any animal that she pleases. Did you know that the Bible mentions animals in great detail? It even refers to Christ as animals from time to time. Choosing a stuffed animal to place in your child’s easter basket has become somewhat of a standard. Perhaps this year you could choose one with purpose. Even if your child doesn’t pick up on the correlation this is a great way to grow your own faith. For instance, you could add a stuffed lamb as a reminder that Christ was The Spotless Lamb sent as a sacrifice for our sins. I opted for frogs, while these may be in the Bible, I have yet to find them. Yet when I see a frog I am reminded of that phrase that was popular many years ago. Fully Rely On God. How great is that for an Easter meaning?
Of course, there are many ways to help our children grow in their faith and you most defiantly don’t need an Easter basket to teach them. Yet, if you are going to buy or make an Easter basket for them this year then why not give it a greater purpose? Our father entrusted us with the lives of our children and I know beyond any doubt that he wants us to pour blessings, hope, and truth into their lives.
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