Happy Easter for 2013!
Aristotle recently watched Rise of the Guardians again and I saw it for the first time in its entirety. It would seem that kids these days are being taught that Easter is about the Easter bunny and an Easter egg hunt. So I corrected Aristotle’s distorted view of Easter and educated him about the real story of Easter. Youtube’s a really handy resource these days because it’s also really helpful for stuff like this. There are a couple of Easter stories you can check out (there are loads more if you don’t like these ones):
- The Easter Story for Children – short and sweet
- The Greatest Adventure – Stories from the Bible: The Easter Story
There are variations on the customs surrounding the Easter egg, but essentially the egg is supposed to symbolise new life – when Jesus rose from the grave.
The tradition of colouring eggs is a popular one and there are many ways to do this. For a cross cultural experience, try making Chinese tea eggs. There are also lots of great ideas for colouring eggs on theKitchn (if you want a more chocolatey egg, try the golden Easter egg recipe).
Then of course there is the Easter egg hunt – which Aristotle loves playing. He started the tradition last year during a visit to Australia. It wasn’t Easter at the time but we had some chocolate eggs left over from Easter and it inspired a hunt in the living room. This year, I hid a bunch of chocolate eggs in the mess of toys in the play room for Aristotle and his god-brother and sisters to hunt down. It was like a “search and find” activity come to life.
Hot Cross Buns
What’s Easter without Hot Cross Buns? Like Easter Eggs, the Hot Cross Bun is steeped in tradition with the cross on the bun being associated with the cross of Jesus. There are lots of easy Hot Cross Bun recipes that you can follow with the kids. It probably doesn’t get any easier than OnePotChefShow’s Hot Cross Buns Easter Recipe which you can follow from Youtube.
Of course there are plenty of Easter activities that you can do with the kids aside from the ones above so there is plenty to keep the kids occupied with over the Easter holiday break.