I saw these religious printed plastic eggs on Oriental Trading but I didn’t want to pay for them. I wouldn’t say they were expensive but once you factor in shipping, they are a lot more than the dollar packs of plastic eggs you can get. So I made my own. On some I used paint pens and on others stickers. All told it took me less than an hour and cost less than half what the others would have been. Like I said before, I want this Easter to keep the focus on Jesus and this was just one more cute, quick way to do that.
We are doing our Lenten Paper Chain again this year. I already posted last year’s but I thought I would go ahead and share again because I changed it up a little bit this year and I like it better. We still have a message written on every paper link, but after doing our Advent countdown I decided to focus on activities rather than just messages. I still included some spiritual messages but overall I tried to have us do activities that would bring us closer to God during Lent and support our goal of doing good deeds.
When making the chain I used purple, the color of Lent. For Sundays I used pink since they are not technically part of Lent and to make it easier to keep track of which day is which. I tried to keep our schedule in mind when assembling and to mix up the activities and the prayers.
Here are some of our messages:
Write a card for a grandparent.
Help Mama around the house.
Tell someone the story of Easter.
Make our Easter garden.
Help feed and walk Hero (our dog).
Bake cookies for a friend.
Do something nice for your sister.
Smile at someone who is having a bad day.
Read a book about Jesus.
Help plant in the garden.
Do an Easter craft.
Read a story from the Bible.
Play with our Stations of the Cross kit.
Do something to brighten a grandparent’s day.
Help to water and weed our garden.
Sing a song to celebrate the Lord.
Take a walk to look at the world God created.
Prayers, Messages, and Sundays
Say a special prayer to Mary.
God loves you so much!
You are God’s little princess!
God made you so you are special!
God made the mountains and the oceans.
Say a special prayer to Jesus.
Say thank you to god for all that we have!
God made the flowers and the trees.
Say a thank you prayer to Jesus for dying on the cross for us.
Be good at church today.
Say a special prayer at church today.
Light a candle for someone at church.
Hosanna! Wave palms for Jesus!
Say a special prayer tonight at dinner as a family.
Pray the Stations of the Cross.
Tomorrow is Easter! Celebrate Christ rising! Alleluia!
Since the girls can’t really give something up for Lent, we are instead focusing on doing things this religious season. (Personally I’ve always preferred this approach anyways.) Our Advent activity of adding straw to Jesus’s manager was such a hit in our house that I loved the idea of doing something similar this Lent. I made this Crown of Thorns and during the Lenten season we will remove a thorn every time someone does a good deed. Our goal is to remove all the thorns before Easter.
To make our crown, I purchased a small grapevine wreath at Michaels. I then stuck toothpicks throughout it to make the thorns. We used about 100, I just to a package and stuck a ton in there. We are setting aside each of the “thorns” we pull out and will use them to make a cross towards the end of the season. (The added benefit of this is that it keeps the girls from playing with the toothpicks they pull out.)
What kind of deeds count? In our home it is anything that eases someone’s burden or brightens his day, which is exactly what we would want to offer Christ in his journey to Calvary. It could be as simple as helping with dinner or sending a card to a grandparent.
As a kid I always thought Lent was one of the worse times of the year. It’s only now as an adult that I can enjoy Lent as a time of focus and reflection to renew my faith. While this is also a time of sacrifice and prayer, I want my girls to have a positive experience with Lent so that later they may be able to appreciate this time of year.
I know it’s a silly title, but I just couldn’t resist. With Easter fast approaching we had some fun with eggs and the letter E. And these are really easy activities that you can do with things around the house. Also, while it’s not listed on here, there is no reason why you need to wait until Easter to hunt for eggs around the house. Have mini-egg hunts without the candy.
Skills: letter recognition, math, visual discrimination, music, arts’n’crafts,
The chick popping out of the egg is an oldie but a goodie. We decorated the eggs with fun foamies–since I wanted it to just be designs and not little animals or pictures this time, I used the Art Deco fun foam pack I found at Walmart. For the chick I actually used a coloring page picture that I printed on cardstock and cut out. To make it even easier, you could print out the chick on yellow paper.
We were just going to color the chick with marker but then I remembered I had some yellow feathers. The girls got carried away with gluing on the feathers so then I added googly eyes and a beak. The beak is made out of an orange pipe cleaner about 2 inches long. I folded it like a figure eight and then folded it in half. The girls have loved playing peek-a-boo with them!
The girls also enjoyed this basket of eggs gluing activity you can find here.
My plan is to make one of these for every letter. Today we did Ee and decorated them with eggs, well, Easter eggs to be exact. We used stickers from Michaels (one of their $1 packs) but you could even cut out your own eggs to glue on. We also did some other E printables–coloring them, tracing the Es with our fingers, and practicing the sounds it made.
I’m not really crafty in the kitchen so I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with this one. It’s super simple but Mia and Zoe thought it was cute. I grated carrot for the nest and used grape tomatoes for the eggs (but any round veggie would work). I included a dollop of Ranch dressing in the center for dipping sauce. I’m not sure if it was the novelty of it or the thinner pieces, but the girls ate far more carrots today than usual. 🙂
I was trying to get lunch made and the girls were getting cranky. Then I saw the hard boiled eggs and remembered egg races from picnics–you know when you would race with an egg on a spoon (or maybe just I did that). Because the girls are little, I used utensils I had for serving pasta that have more of a spoon part to them and of course hard-boiled eggs. I got the girls all set up and then the went around the house balancing the eggs. It turned out to be a great exercise for focus and balance–and I got to make lunch in peace. They even moved on to smaller spoons, although the eggs did end up being very cracked. We will definitely be doing this again in the future. I love it when activities just appear!
File Folder Games
We also played some egg file folder games. One was cracked eggs where you matched the upper case letter with the lower case letter. The game is in black and white so I colored the eggs myself to make it prettier and easier for the girls to distinguish the letters so that it was a little less overwhelming. Older kids could certainly color the eggs themselves.
The other game is practicing visual discrimination. They match the egg to the corresponding basket. I liked it because it was a little more complicated. The girls know their colors but this one had more than one color on each egg/basket. They really had to look at the whole thing as opposed to just one color. I used an exacto knife to slice the top of the basket so that the egg could slide into it.
This has to be the easiest felt board story to make! It’s just five eggs. Of course, you could decorate the eggs more instead of just cutting five eggs out of felt like I did (I had big plans for decorating them and making them look a lot cuter but those seemed to fall by the wayside). I actually found two felt board stories–one adding the eggs and one taking them away. I changed the colors just a bit on one so that you could use both together. On the second one, we actually change the names of the family members to be our names, including the dog.
Hunting for eggs Under my bed,
I found one in a slipper, And the egg was colored RED!
Hunting for eggs, Now I have two,
I found one in the closet, And the egg was colored BLUE!
Hunting for eggs, What a lucky fellow,
I found one in a bucket, And the egg was colored YELLOW!
Hunting for eggs, Where none could be seen,
I found one in a shoe box, And the egg was colored GREEN!
Hunting for eggs, Quick as a wink,
I found one in the garden, And the egg was colored PINK!
Red and yellow, Green, pink, and blue.
I found five eggs -How about you?
Five Little Easter Eggs from mrsjonesroom.com
FIVE little Easter eggs, Lovely colors wore;
Mother ate the blue one, Then there were FOUR.
FOUR little Easter eggs, Two and two, you see;
Daddy ate the red one, Then there were THREE.
THREE little Easter eggs, Before I knew,
Sister ate the yellow one, Then there were TWO.
TWO little Easter eggs, Oh, what fun!
Brother ate the green one, Then there was ONE.
ONE little Easter egg, See me run!
I ate the last one, And then there was NONE.
Books we read…
We also read books that had an egg in it or featured the letter E a lot (that way the girls could find all the E’s on the title page–not the entire book or we would never finish).