Watching the Story of Easter Bloom
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This month we celebrate Easter, the most joyous celebration of all. On Good Friday, we remember Jesus’ death and burial. On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the fact that Jesus victoriously arose from the grave. The same power from God that raised Jesus comes to live in us every day when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. How exciting!
What you’ll need:
- A small to medium planter
- A small bag of soil (or if you have good dirt, go digging!)
- A spade (or an old spoon)
- Small rocks from the yard, if possible
- Flower bulb(s), depending on the size of your planter. Or seeds, if you prefer.
Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy picking out the planter, choosing the flower bulb, and picking up small rocks in the yard. They’ll also like using a spoon to gently pull back the soil where the bulb will be placed. And they will have fun pushing the soil back over the bulb and watering it in the weeks to come.
I’d Rather Do It Myself, ages 6+: Older children will enjoy everything about this activity. They can pick out the planter, flower bulb, the bag of soil, and explore the yard for small rocks. In addition to pulling back the soil and planting the bulb, they’ll also enjoy watering and caring for it over the next several weeks.
Both ages will enjoy delivering the bulb to its recipient because few things show the love of Jesus more than the willingness to give and bless others.
- If possible, move outside for this activity. If you need to do it inside, lay down newspaper on the table to help with the cleanup.
- Before putting soil into the planter make sure the water plug is open and add a handful of rocks to help with drainage.
- Add soil about ¾ full. Then, take a spoon or spade and gently pull back a pocket of soil to make room for the bulb, depending on the size of your planter.
- Check to make sure the bulb is placed facing up so the roots can take hold of the soil. Cover over with the soil you pulled back and gently water it. If possible, use a watering can to gently water the soil. It will help to shed the water droplets properly.
- Set the planter in a sunny place making sure to water it as needed.
Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-5.
- As you pull back the soil and place the bulb in the hole, share with your child that Jesus wasn’t buried under the soil but placed in a tomb, much like a cave.
- Like the soil protects the bulb, there was a guard placed outside the tomb where Jesus was buried, to protect Jesus’ body from being stolen.
- Share how the bulb emerging from the soil serves as a beautiful reminder of Jesus rising from the dead, bringing eternal life to all who accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
- Jesus tells us to share this good news called the Gospel. It’s simple but it is also life changing.
- When your bulb begins to bloom, share it with a neighbor or friend, along with the story of how Jesus was buried and arose again. It’s the greatest gift you can share! And even though we celebrate Easter on one day, we can share the gift of Easter—Jesus Christ—any day of the year.
How to Share the Gospel with Your Children by Focus on the Family:
By: Cathy Baker @ Cultivating Creativity. Visit her at www.cathybaker.org.
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