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I know that I have started so many posts this way, but I am excited for yet another “first” holiday with our son. For us, Easter is not just another holiday. In the same way that I wanted to start important traditions for Advent and the Christmas season, I want my son to grow up learning about why we celebrate Easter. He’s only 2, but it’s important for me as well to start preparing my heart. Here are some great Christ-centered Easter activities for toddlers, including activities and non-candy Easter basket ideas.
Easter Activities For Toddlers
Empty Tomb Rolls: This is a great hands-on activity to teach children of all ages the story of Easter. If you need a gluten-free option, she includes a link to that recipe as well!
Resurrection Eggs: Similar to an advent calendar, these eggs contain a small trinket inside that you can use to teach your child the Easter story. There are small pieces in this set, so make sure to supervise young children.
Resurrection Stones: Story stones are a wonderful way to encourage little imaginations, but they can also be used to provide a visual aid to stories. You can teach your child the Easter story with these stones, then mix them up and let your child place them in the correct order. You could also use the stones as prompts to encourage older kids to tell the story on their own!
Make Your Own Easter Story Stones: Get your kids even more involved with this tutorial for making your own Easter story stones! You can download a printable story sequence sheet for your children to place the stones in the correct order. Be sure to check out her other children’s Easter activities as well!
A Sense of the Resurrection: an Easter Experience for Families: This is an ebook with 12 hands-on activities that teach children the Easter story in a way that engages all of their senses. Not all of these may be age-appropriate Easter activities for toddlers, but they are great ideas to begin slowly incorporating.
Jesus, Bread, and Easter: Teach your child the story of Easter from the last supper through the resurrection. I love that this tradition isn’t an activity that you set up, complete, and then go on with your life. As Abigail says in the post,
“This is the little “project” that isn’t. It isn’t anything at all, but real life. Real bread that we were making, a real meal that we were eating, to remind us of our real Savior. This isn’t a show put on for kids. This isn’t different from the truth that we live in every single day. This is His body, broken for us.”
Christ-Centered (non-candy) Easter Basket Ideas:
I know many people don’t give Easter baskets as they feel it takes away from the meaning of Easter. We are testing our son soon for food allergies, so chocolate bunnies aren’t an option for us. I’ve been searching for non-candy ideas that will also point him to Christ. Here are a few things I found.
Seeds of Easter: Seeds Family Worship has several great CDs. We love listening to their music throughout the day, as their songs are completely based on Bible verses. These songs about the Easter story would also be wonderful to listen to during Holy Week.
The Jesus Storybook Bible, Gift Edition: I’ve mentioned before that we enjoy using this Bible, and used it with our Advent Jesse tree. This beautiful gift edition would be perfect for an Easter basket.
Really Woolly Easter Celebration: This activity set is listed for ages 3 and up, but there are many 2-year-olds who would enjoy the sticker activities. You can use the sticker activity book to tell the story of Easter.
He Is Risen – Inspirational Color-Your-Own Cross with Markers: This cute Easter activity also includes a magnet, so you can hang the cross on your fridge, being daily reminded that He is risen!
The Tale of Three Trees: We haven’t read this book yet, but I am constantly seeing wonderful reviews. Becuase of this, I’m considering buying this one for my son this year.
Psalms of Praise: A Movement Primer: This is the other book that I am excited to give my son this year. The author and illustrator of our favorite book, First Bible Basics: A Counting Primer, published this book last month. The illustrations and overall design of these books are incredible.
He is Risen Necklace: Okay, so maybe this one isn’t for your toddler, but I adore this simple and beautiful reminder. I don’t wear much jewelry, I’ve always enjoyed pendant necklaces.
What Do You Think?
What are your favorite Easter activities for toddlers? Do you give your children Easter baskets? If so, what do you typically put in them?