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Family Easter Meal Classics for a Busy Mom

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Fun And Fabulous Easter Game Ideas
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If you're throwing an Easter Birthday Party, here are some great ideas for Easter invitations, decorations, party food ideas, favors, and more. These ideas will work well for an Easter birthday, an Easter theme party, or family get together.
Print and play party games would be a perfect add-on to your Easter birthday party. Here's an entire page with nothing but a wonderful batch of Printable Easter Games to also consider.
When creating a fun-filled Easter birthday party theme party, or a warm, family get together, here's some games with an Easter flavor to consider:


Easter Game Ideas







EASTER EGG HUNT - Fill plastic eggs with various treasures and candies and hide them before the party begins. When the time arrives for the kids to go on the hunt, cut them loose and let them keep whatever they find. If you have various age ranges who will be participating in the hunt, assign certain colored eggs to each age group to find. That way you can make some eggs harder or easier to locate.
MAKE BIRD NESTS - Whip up a big batch of Rice Krispie Treats and give each of the kids a portion to use for creating a bird nest. Give them each some jelly beans and a marshmallow Peep to fill their nest.

Easter Game Ideas

GUESS HOW MANY - Fill a jar with jelly beans and have everyone guess how many are in the jar. Whoever's guess is the closest to the actual number, wins the jar of beans.
PIN THE TAIL ON THE BUNNY - This game is played like Pin The Tail On The Donkey except you will use a large poster of a bunny and give all the kids a tail made from felt or construction paper. Blindfold a child, spin them around, and have them try to pin the tail on the bunny using double-stick tape. Whoever gets their tail closest to the actual location, shall be the winner.

Easter Game Ideas

HOT EGG - This game is played like Hot Potato except you use a plastic egg. Have all the kids sit in a circle and have the birthday child start with the plastic egg. Turn the music on and have everyone pass the egg to the child on their right. Play continues until the music stops and whoever is left holding the egg is out of the game. Repeat until only one child remains and he/she shall be the winner.
EGG & SPOON RELAY - Divide your group into teams and give each team a wooden spoon and a bowl of raw eggs. On "Go," the first person of each team grabs an egg, balances it on the spoon (No more touching the egg), walks and runs to the finish line and back to their teammates, at which time they hand-off the spoon and egg. If they an egg is dropped, that person's turn is over and they loose a point. If they succeed, they receive a point. Whichever team finishes first and has the most points shall be the winner.







Easter Game Ideas

EGG ROLL - Divide the kids into teams and give each team an egg. On "Go", the first kid from each team gets down on all fours and pushes their egg to the finish line and back to their teammates using only their nose. Whichever team get through all of their teammates first, shall be the winners.
HOPPING BUNNY RACE - This race is done like a sack race. Divide your guests into teams. The first person of each team puts both of their feet into a burlap sack, puts on bunny ears, hops to the finish line, back to their teammates, and gets out of the sack. The relay continues with the next teammate repeating the above. Whichever teams gets through all of their teammates first are the winners. At all times, feet must remain in the sack, one hand must be on the sack, and the sack must not fall below the knees.

Easter Game Ideas

PASS THE EGG - Take a large plastic egg and fill it with various goodies and prizes. Have your guests sit in a circle, play music, and have them pass the egg to the child on their right. When the music stops, whoever is holding the egg is out. Game continues until one child remains who is then the winner and receives the egg.
Alternative: Play game as above except whoever is left holding the egg when the music stops receives a prize and the play continues until everyone receives a prize. The last child to remain playing receives the grand prize - the egg filled with treats and prizes.


  1. Decorate with flowers, eggs and rabbits for an Easter party.

    An Easter party is can help usher in spring and celebrate one of the biggest Christian . Easter symbolizes new beginnings and brings to mind blossoming spring flowers, baby chicks, bunnies and brightly colored eggs. An Easter party should include all of these and more, including Easter activities and food.
  2. Decorations

  3. Place baskets about and fill them with eggs or small stuffed appropriate for the season. Plastic eggs are the best choice for with young children. Paint stripes or polka-dots on them with acrylic paint. Fill a plastic lined basket with potting soil and plant grass seed in it about three weeks before to the party. By party time the grass will have grown and eggs can be placed in it to make a centerpiece. Tie napkins with pastel ribbon and insert silk daffodils to make for a festive table.
  4. Food

  5. Parties that take place on Easter should serve traditional Easter food such as lamb or ham. Food for a party taking place at another time should be simple. Cheese and crackers, dips, egg salad finger sandwiches and other light fare work well. Serve ham sandwiches that have been cut with Easter themed cookie cutters with raw carrots. A well-planned party may not require much food at all and just dessert is appropriate. Serve carrot cake or cut out cookies in the shapes of bunnies and chicks.
  6. Games

  7. Instead of pin the tail on the donkey use the picture of a rabbit and cotton balls with double sided tape to play pin the tail on the bunny. An Easter egg roll is a traditional game. Place a white egg in the middle of a room or in the lawn. Each player gets several boiled colored eggs they carefully roll toward the white one. Whoever gets closest wins and if there is a tie the egg without any breaks is the winner. A bunny hop relay race can be a challenge to adults and kids. Divide players into teams that line up at a starting line. The first player in each team takes a plastic egg and places it between her knees and then hops to a line and back where the next player gets the egg and does the same. If someone drops the egg, he has to pick it up and take two hops back and continue.
  8. Activities

  9. Coloring eggs is traditional activity during Easter. Once the eggs are colored, have an Easter egg hunt. Divide children into age groups. The youngest group will enjoy just picking up eggs in plain sight on the ground. Hide eggs for the next group of kids from 6 to 8 years old. The next group of kids will have to actually look for the eggs that are hidden well. If using plastic eggs, fill them with candy, coins or small novelty items that are age appropriate. Preteens, teenagers and adults can participate in an Easter egg scavenger hunt where the clues are placed in plastic eggs as to what they have to find and bring with them and where the next clue will be hidden.

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  1. Decorate with flowers, eggs and rabbits for an Easter party.


    An Easter party is can help usher in spring and celebrate one of the biggest Christian . Easter symbolizes new beginnings and brings to mind blossoming spring flowers, baby chicks, bunnies and brightly colored eggs. An Easter party should include all of these and more, including Easter activities and food.
  2. Decorations

  3. Place baskets about and fill them with eggs or small stuffed appropriate for the season. Plastic eggs are the best choice for with young children. Paint stripes or polka-dots on them with acrylic paint. Fill a plastic lined basket with potting soil and plant grass seed in it about three weeks before to the party. By party time the grass will have grown and eggs can be placed in it to make a centerpiece. Tie napkins with pastel ribbon and insert silk daffodils to make for a festive table.
  4. Food

  5. Parties that take place on Easter should serve traditional Easter food such as lamb or ham. Food for a party taking place at another time should be simple. Cheese and crackers, dips, egg salad finger sandwiches and other light fare work well. Serve ham sandwiches that have been cut with Easter themed cookie cutters with raw carrots. A well-planned party may not require much food at all and just dessert is appropriate. Serve carrot cake or cut out cookies in the shapes of bunnies and chicks.
  6. Games

  7. Instead of pin the tail on the donkey use the picture of a rabbit and cotton balls with double sided tape to play pin the tail on the bunny. An Easter egg roll is a traditional game. Place a white egg in the middle of a room or in the lawn. Each player gets several boiled colored eggs they carefully roll toward the white one. Whoever gets closest wins and if there is a tie the egg without any breaks is the winner. A bunny hop relay race can be a challenge to adults and kids. Divide players into teams that line up at a starting line. The first player in each team takes a plastic egg and places it between her knees and then hops to a line and back where the next player gets the egg and does the same. If someone drops the egg, he has to pick it up and take two hops back and continue.
  8. Activities

  9. Coloring eggs is traditional activity during Easter. Once the eggs are colored, have an Easter egg hunt. Divide children into age groups. The youngest group will enjoy just picking up eggs in plain sight on the ground. Hide eggs for the next group of kids from 6 to 8 years old. The next group of kids will have to actually look for the eggs that are hidden well. If using plastic eggs, fill them with candy, coins or small novelty items that are age appropriate. Preteens, teenagers and adults can participate in an Easter egg scavenger hunt where the clues are placed in plastic eggs as to what they have to find and bring with them and where the next clue will be hidden.

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Easter History and Customs - Easter Symbols
Celebrating Easter

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Easter History and Customs - Easter Symbols

On Easter weekend, those of the Christian faith celebrate the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, the observation of Easter did not originate with Christianity. Read on to learn about the true origin of the holiday.
“Easter” was taken from “Eastre”. She was the goddess worshipped by the Saxon peoples of Northern Europe. They held festivals every year to celebrate the Spring Equinox - the one time during the spring when the day and the night are of equal length. The festivals were believed to ensure the fertility of both the land and its people.
In ancient times, those of the Jewish faith celebrated Passover around this same time of the year. The Passover feast commemorated the Israelite captivity in Egypt under the cruel hand of the pharaoh. The last plague that God sent on the land was that of the death of every firstborn. Blood on the doorposts of Israelite households spared them as the Angel of Death spread through the land.
Christians decided to celebrate what we now know as Easter at this time also. Early followers were persecuted even after Jesus’ crucifixion. As a result, they held their religious observances to coincide with the pagan holidays. They called their remembrance, Easter - a derivative of Eastre. The idea behind the two occasions is different, but they share common symbols and traditions that people still use today.
The Easter egg - The use of eggs in celebration existed long before our modern day observance. Eggs were given and received as symbols of rebirth. Today, eggs are decorated on Easter and hidden for children to find.
The Easter bunny - The rabbit was the symbol of Eastre, the Saxon goddess. The idea of the rabbit as a part of Christian tradition was introduced in colonial days by the Germans. Children are taught that the Easter Bunny brings treats on the night before Easter, much like Santa Claus during Christmas.
The Cross - The symbol of the cross has been associated with Christianity and Easter since the first centuries after Jesus’ death. The cross was a symbol of cruelty throughout the Roman Empire. Today, those who practice Christianity view it as a badge of courage and salvation.
Now you know the origins of the holiday of Easter. Will this knowledge change anything about your observance? Only you can decide if the history of the symbols is more important than the reason you celebrate it today.

Religious Christian Easter Crafts
Kids Craft Ideas for Easter 

 
 

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Christian Easter Craft
Beaded Jesus Faith Necklace 
Share the love! Make these joyous beaded necklaces to show your love for Jesus!
Christian Easter CraftThe Story of Easter Screen
This religious Easter craft shows the story of Easter in three pictures. The screen can be displayed on the wall or made to stand on a table.
Christian Easter CraftEaster Lily Handprint
Children's handprints create this symbol of Easter that represents purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life—the spiritual essence of Easter.
Christian Easter Craft"He Lives" Magnet 
Kids will love making these "He lives" magnets to display on the refrigerator.
Christian Easter Craft"He Lives" Pin 
This simple cross pin displays an Easter message of hope and forgiveness.
Christian Easter Craft"He Lives" Plant Stake 
What better place to show rebirth and renewal than in the garden? Mark your new seedlings with this "He lives" plant stake.
Christian Easter Craft"He's Risen" Cross 
This Easter cross announces to the world that Christ has risen. It is adorned with Easter lillies.
Christian Easter CraftsJelly Bean Prayer Cross
Create this jelly bean prayer cross with verses that remind us of Jesus' sacrifice and things that God has given us.
Christian Easter CraftLamb of God Cross
Hang this special cross on your door that shows the Lamb of God.
Christian Easter CraftLast Supper Bible Craft 
Recreate the Last Supper with craft foam.
Christian Easter CraftStanding Crosses
Create these standing crosses to represent the bible story of Jesus' crucifixion.
  
Below you will find a book list for religious Easter crafts. Each book offers tons of ideas to keep those little hands busy. These books may be found at your school library or local public library in the children's craft section. For your convenience, ISBN numbers, book reviews and related links have been provided on each detail craft book page.
Before and After Easter ActivitiesBefore and After Easter Activities 
by Debbie Trafton O'Neal
Big Book of Bible CraftsBig Book of Bible Crafts 
Crafts for Christian Values Crafts for Christian Values 
by Kathy Ross
Making Hallelujah Hats Making Hallelujah Hats 
by Mary Doerfler-Dall




Christian Symbols Coloring Pages
Interactive online Religious Christian Easter coloring pages for kids

 
 

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Apples4theteacher Religious Christian Easter coloring pages make great mouse practice activities for toddlers, preschool, and elementary children. These Christian symbols can also be used with beginning readers. If children are unable to read the sentence that goes with the coloring page, have them click on each word to hear the sentence. This activity reinforces reading skills. Most Religious Christian Easter coloring pages come with a selection of sentences.
Check out our literacy ideas on how to use our coloring page readers. Our Religious Christian Easter coloring pages are literacy builders, too!
All of our Religious Christian Easter coloring page readers print crisp and clean. To print your Religious Christian Easter coloring page reader, follow the directions on the specific page you want to print by clicking on the printer icon that says "Full Page Print."

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Bread and Wine - Body and Blood of Christ Coloring PageChristian Symbols - Budded Cross
Bread and Wine - Body and Blood of Christ - picture only - no sentence.Budded Cross - Christian Symbols - picture only - no sentence.
Christian Symbols - Celtic CrossHoly Communion
Celtic Cross - Christian Symbols - picture only - no sentence.Holy Communion - picture only - no sentence.
Christian Symbol of Hope and FaithChristian Symbols -Passion Cross
Hope and Faith - picture only - no sentence.Passion Cross - Christian Symbols - picture only - no sentence.
Hot Cross BunFun online printable Religious Christian Easter coloring pages for kids to color or print - Jesus Carrying the Cross
Hot Cross Bun - picture only - no sentence.Jesus Carrying the Cross - picture only - no sentence.
Fun online printable Religious Christian Easter coloring pages for kids to color or print - Jesus on Palm SundayChristian Symbols - Lily
Palm Sunday - picture only - no sentence.A Lily - picture only - no sentence.
 
Check out all our Fun Easter Thematic Unit Activities - craft ideas, interactive games, scrambler puzzles, Easter party games, a children's thematic book list, Easter poetry, stories, word jumbles, word searches, printable worksheets and articles.
Check out all our Religious Easter Thematic Unit Activities - a thematic book list for children, Christian poetry, Christian craft ideas, childrens' prayers, stories, interactive word games, printable word searches, word jumbles and worksheets.



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When is Easter 2011?When is Easter 2011?
Need to know the exact date of Easter this year? Here's a chart that shows what day Easter is celebrated from 2009 - 2015. Also shows Ash Wednesday dates that signifies the beginning of Lent.
When is Ash Wednesday 2011?When is Ash Wednesday 2011? Need to know the exact date of Ash Wednesday this year? Here's a chart that shows when Ash Wednesday is celebrated from 2009 - 2015.
Religious Christian Easter Coloring Pages - Coloring SheetsReligious Easter Coloring Pages
Use your interactive crayon to color these Christian Easter symbols as well as Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Sunday scenes: Jesus carrying the cross, Reflective Jesus, Jesus' tomb, Woman with Palms, Bread and Wine, Crown of Thorns, Jesus has Risen and the three crosses on the hill.
Religious Easter Worksheets and PrintablesReligious Easter - Printables and Worksheets
Worksheets and printables include an addition mat, word jumble, word search and placing vocabulary words in alphabetical order.
Christian Easter CraftsChristian Crafts
Tons of Christian craft ideas for Easter! Make a beaded Jesus faith necklace, Easter lily handprints, a "He lives" magnet, a "He lives" pin, a "He lives" plant stake, a "He's risen" cross, a jelly bean prayer cross, a Lamb of God cross, a Last Supper craft and standing crosses. Lots of resources for other fun Christian easter craft ideas.
Children's PrayersChildren's Prayers 
A collection of prayers for kids. Short prayers to say alone or with the family.
Easter Gift Suggestions - Flowers, Gift Baskets, and ChocolatesEaster Gift Suggestions
Easter Articles - Easter Ideas
Easter Ideas ! - Articles of Interest 
Articles to help parents and teachers get ready for Easter. Articles include:
Christian Easter Scrambler PuzzlesScrambler Puzzles
Interactive picture puzzles to unscramble. Can you fix these church windows displaying the Easter story? You have to go fast...you only have 4 minutes to complete each.
Easter books for kidsThematic Reading List - Kids Books
Children's Christian Easter book descriptions for elementary reading. Book reviews include: A Heart for Jesus, An Easter Celebration - Traditions and Customs, Before and After Easter Activities, Benjamin's Box, Early Easter Morning, Journey - Easter Journey, Journey to the Cross, Peter's First Easter, Resurrection Eggs, Sunrise Hill, The Big Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions, The Crippled Lamb, The Easter Angels, The Easter Story, The Easterville Miracle, The Legend of the Sand Dollar, The Parable of the Lily, The Tales of Three Trees, and the Very First Easter.
Religious Christian Easter stories for kidsPrintable Christian Easter Stories for Children 
Great stories to share with children during this holy season. Spiritual stories reflect Jesus Christ's teachings of faith, hope and rebirth. Inspirational tales include: A Child's Dream of a Star, A Lesson in Faith, Glories, King Robert of Sicily, Lily Sisters, Our Saviour, The Brave Knight, The Great Stone Face and The Loveliest Rose in the World.
Free Easter Word finds for kids - Religious Christian Easter Word Searches
Word Find 
Vocabulary word find for Easter. Can you find all these religious words associated with Easter? Each time you play the game, it's different! Vocabulary words included are:
Andrew, Apostles, Christ, cross, crown, cruxify, faith, God, holy, hope, James, Jesus, John, king, lamb, Mary, Matthew, Matthias, miracles, Paul, peace, Peter, Philip, Pilate, Pontius, redeem, risen, Romans, save, Savior, Simon, son, Thomas, thorns
Free Easter Word finds for kids - Religious Christian Easter Word Searches
Word Find Challenge
Christian vocabulary word find challenge for Easter. Can you find all these words associated with Easter? Each time you play the game, it's different! Vocabulary words included are:
Andrew, Apostles, Bartholomew, Christ, cross, crown, cruxified, faith, God, holy, hope, James, Jesus, Jews, John, king, lamb, Mary, Matthew, Matthias, miracles, Paul, peace, Peter, Philip, Pilate, Pontius, redemption, risen, Romans, sacrifice, Savior, Simon, son, Thomas, thieves, thorns
Religious Christian Easter poems for kids - children's poetryPrintable Easter Poems 
Includes children's Christian favorites - The Easter Carol and Loves Garden.
  
Note: Easter holiday resources can be found in two separate categories. You will find navigation to both categories on each resource page:
Easter Fun - Activities that promote the season of hope, faith, rebirth and renewal through baby chicks, Easter eggs, and the Easter Bunny.
Religious Christian Easter - Activities more religious in nature to remind us of Jesus' love for us.


Egg Carton Easter Story

Egg Carton Easter Story
 
Fill an egg carton with plastic, colored eggs. Number the eggs 1 - 12 and fill the eggs accordingly:
  • Egg #1: 3 pennies - Judas was paid 30 coins for betraying Jesus.
  • Egg #2: a piece of bread - This represents the Last Supper.
  • Egg #3: a piece of red cloth - Jesus was dressed in scarlet robes and mocked.
  • Egg #4: a piece of stick - They placed a crown of thorns on Jesus' head.
  • Egg #5: a piece of string - This represents the whip used to scourge Jesus.
  • Egg #6: pieces of toothpick glued into the shape of a cross - Jesus carried the cross.
  • Egg #7: 3 small nails - Jesus was nailed to the cross.
  • Egg #8: a strip of paper reading "INRI Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews" - They nailed this inscription to the top of the cross.
  • Egg #9: a piece of sponge - They soaked a sponge in wine and tried to give it to Jesus when He was on the cross.
  • Egg #10: a toothpick with a red tip - They stuck a spear in Jesus' side.
  • Egg #11: a small rock or pebble - The rolled a rock in front of His Tomb.
  • Egg #12: empty - Jesus rose from the dead.








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