Sunday, April 10, 2011

Easter Countdown

Family Home Evening
Easter Countdown
Opening Song:  Tell me the stories of Jesus Children's Songbook #57
Opening Prayer: Child
Lesson: Mom
Go over to my Personal Blog and see how we made an Easter Countdown
Using Card cut in egg shape, paint, draw, decorate 7 eggs in any way you wish.
Either sew them together as link above, or just stick to wall or tie with ribbons.
On the back of the eggs write down some activities to do as a family.
Here are 7 examples of things you can do leading up to the week of Easter.
If you want a longer countdown calendar add other activities such as Egg hunts, dyeing eggs, bunny and chick crafts etc.

Palm Sunday :
Make a Palm Cross , reenact Jesus on a donkey and people waving palm fronds.

Monday: (cleansing of the temple)
Talk about how church/temple should be a place of calm and worship and not a house of caos.
Make Soft Pretzels (shaped like folded arms for prayer)

Tuesday: (teaching at the temple)
Jesus taught what is the greatest law. Love thy neighbour as they self.
Take a gift for your neighbours

Mary washed Jesus Feet and offered expensive oils/purfume.
Reenact with children and wash their feet (I find this very humbling and moving)

Thursday: Preparing for Passover
Read the story of the passover John 13:1-11 and make a simple passover meal.
Unleavened bread, lamb, horseradish, Haroset, Parsley and salt water details here

Friday: The day Jesus Died
Make Hot cross buns and discuss Cruxifiction

Saturday: Festival of Light
Make lanterns, candle holders to symbolise those that wait for Jesus resurrection

Sunday: He is Risen
Hold family testimony meeting, attend church.

These ideas all came from Christianity Today Easter Ideas page.

Closing Song: I feel my Saviours Love Childrens Songbook #74

Closing Prayer: Dad

Decorate oval shape cookies with frosting and m&m's and mini marshmallows.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Family Home Evening Lesson

Opening Prayer: Child

Opening Song: Did Jesus really live again  Children's Songbook #64

We created an Easter Tree using branches and painted them white. Over the next few weeks we will be adding things to it. This week I decided to make a modified version of a decoration we make for christmas.

Cut out pictures of Jesus from Old Ensigns, Friend or New Era magazines. I've also found really nice pictures in Deseret catalogues. If you don't have these print pictures found online.

Stick picture to card and on the other side add a scripture verse. Some of the following might be useful

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive  (1 Corinthians 15:22)

I am the ressurrection and the life  (John 11:25)

Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen (Luke 24:3-6)

Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world  (John 16:33)

Because I live, ye shall live also  (John 14:19)

And now after the many testimonies which have been given of him,this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!! For we saw him. (D&C 76:22-23)

Laminate (if you desire) add ribbon and hang on your easter reminder tree.
Or add to gift baskets for friends and family.

Closing Song: Easter Hosanna Childrens Songbook #68
Closing Prayer:


Easter treats!!