My eldest daughter is very aware that eggs and bunnies are part of Easter, so we’ve allowed her to believe that the Easter Bunny exists. After watching Rise of the Guardians, he is entrenched in her imagination along with Tinker Bell, the Disney Princesses and Mickey and company. I don’t think the eventual discovery that all her beloved friends are fictional is going to irreparably scar her. (For the same reason, we let her believe that Santa Claus is also real.)
Yet, obviously, we don’t want our children to lose the real reason we celebrate Easter. When I saw this craft on Pinterest, I thought it was a lovely way to incorporate Easter eggs and the meaning of Easter.
I pre-cut cardboard eggs and wrote the letters on each.
I used my footprint punch to make holes at the top of each egg. I told the girls that the footprint represented how we are to walk in Jesus’ footsteps.
While the girls decorated their eggs, I sang them the poem that goes with the craft. My girls love to sing and I thought it would be easier for them to remember the words if they learned it as a song. My eldest was quite happy to sing it once, but was more interested in the glitter. My youngest “la-la-la-d” with me, then also realised how fascinating glitter is.
E is for Each of us. God loves everyone.
A is for A broken world, so He sent His Son.
S is for our Sins that Jesus took away.
T is for the Tomb where He lay for three whole days.
E is for the Empty tomb. The stone was rolled away.
R is for the Risen Lord. Jesus is alive today!
When they were done decorating, I helped them thread and then tie the eggs to the wire hangers to make Easter egg mobiles.