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See that photo below? That’s me on the far left. Snaggle-toothed and dressed in the best that the early 90’s had to offer (on a middle-class budget). Every Easter my brother, sister, and I got brand new and coordinating Easter outfits and baskets. My mom wasn’t the kind of mom who baked cookies and did crafts with us. In today’s terms, she wouldn’t have been a “Pinterest Mom.” I mean, she had three kids in four years (and added a fourth the year after this picture was taken. Suuurprise!) But she made a big deal about Easter. And because of that, I look forward to Easter as an adult. It doesn’t carry the pomp and splendor (read: pressure) of Christmas, but it’s a sweet holiday—one with traditions and activities I’ve passed down to own my kids.
So how do we do that? How do we create Easter traditions for our children that will not only create fun and fond memories, but also reinforce the levity of the day itself? Here are a few ideas:
Thing - Preschooler - Marshmallows - Activity - Plenty
If there’s one thing every preschooler loves, it’s marshmallows. And this activity calls for plenty of them. You’ll also need crescent rolls, cinnamon and sugar (or red sprinkles), and melted butter.
Before you get started with the supplies, begin by sharing the Easter story through the Bible. The Jesus Storybook Bible is a great one for preschoolers. As you complete each step of the Resurrection Rolls, remind your child about what you just read.
Reading - Crescent - Roll - Triangles - Sheet
Once you’re finished reading, spread out your crescent roll triangles on a baking sheet. These triangles represent the tomb Jesus was buried in. Next, show your child how to roll one marshmallow into the butter, and then into the cinnamon and sugar. Explain that this represents Jesus’ body being prepared for burial with oil and spices....
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