As the sun set, I told the children I was going to run out and get a picture of the iris to email to my grandmother. The bloom a result of a bulb transplanted from her yard. I asked them to pick out a book since it was close to bedtime.
Notice how this single iris displays its beauty from every angle.
How its petals capture the light of the setting sun.
As I came back in, I heard the children reading The Parable of the Lily. Now our iris isn’t an Easter lily. But this little gift at the end of the day was not lost on me. As I closed the door the eldest boy read:
“But I tell you that even Solomon with his riches was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers.” Matthew 6:29
3. Amon’s Adventure – with printables of Amon’s house and more on the site.
4. Simple Easter (our Easter ‘baskets’)
5. Nature Study Through the Holidays: Easter ebook An excerpt description from Shining Dawn Books: “While not your typical full-fledged NaturExplorers study, this mini-unit will be just what you need to prepare your hearts for Easter through a unique, Christ-centered nature study tied into the Biblical account of Jesus’ final week, including His death, burial and resurrection.” More information at Shining Dawn Books: Easter Nature Study
6. Box of Repentances: from two years ago, an excerpt…An Easter-Lent family activity: Repentances Box. At the start of this week, we pushed aside the breakfast dishes and decorated.
No, we didn’t have a lovely wooden box to use. A Nutrigrain Bar box would do. We found our handy roll of paper we used for making our own wrapping paper. Middle Girl brought her stamping bucket.
Nothing fancy. But it holds all the ‘I’m sorry’s. The ‘will you please forgive me?’s and the ‘Lord, I confess’. Each one scrawled on a scrap piece of paper. A simple cardboard box made pretty. To hold the weight of our sins from now until Easter.
“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.”
A simple cereal bar box. Symbolizing freedom in Christ.
7. Another Easter activity we look forward to each year is making Littlesanctuary’s Resurrection rolls.
Then, once the rolls are removed from the oven ‘tomb’ – He is risen, indeed! Resurrection rolls recipe.
8. The Last Supper Craft
You must hop over to Catholic Icing and read all about this craft. Not only did we have great discussion about the Last Supper, Jesus’ betrayal and what all happened that Thursday…
… we discussed the da Vinci painting and learned the placement of each of the disciples. Plus, just enjoyed some time together making it.
We used two 18-egg cartons and adapted the instructions. There are specific directions and three downloads on the site.
Color, cut and tape to the fitted-together egg cartons. Then place your paper tablecloth on your ‘table’. Enjoy on your Easter table or mantel! Click here to view all instructions and download printables.
“Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me” (Matthew 26:21)
9. A collection of resources on my Pinterest Easter board.
10. This wonderful project Phyllis linked to on her Beautiful Ideas site: Hill of Calvary for Children – start growing your grass now for this wonderful visual.
11. Handbook of Nature Study More Nature Study with the Outdoor Hour Challenge – Spring ebook
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What are your favorite Easter and Spring resources, traditions?