Monday, April 11, 2011

Easter things to do

We have some special things planned this year.
I was baptized as an infant in the Catholic church and am choosing to be baptized hopefully this Wednesday in our new church, if everyone is feeling up to snuff. My little ones have been down with a cold and I really don't want to do it without them there as a part of it. My Pastor is doing a private baptism for us. I believe my brother and Bry (my husband have also decided they would like to be baptized as well). It's a full submersion and it's still a bit cold here so I'm hoping I don't scream as I enter the water for this special event, gosh that would be so embarrassing. So this will be a very special day for all of us, me screaming or not LOL : )

Easter Reading: The Cross in the Egg by Shirley Taylor (This book is a great way to tie in the Easter bunny and the true meaning of Easter. A very lovely story.)
We also have the book and set of Resurrection Eggs on the way. (from www.christianbook.com)

In the Easter baskets this year:
Each of the kids will have a few organic lollipops from Trader Joes and licorice that is corn syrup free and some gummies from Trader Joes. My Mom is sending us some wholesome family treats to enjoy also, verses having any more candy. My kids don't really eat much candy and it's something we just end up throwing out. We are hiding eggs out back that are filled with non candy items, like stickers, pencil erasers and things of that nature. But I didn't want to do much in the way of candy so tried to keep to things the kids can use and that some of the things can be tied to the celebration of Jesus.

Baby girl:
Baby's first bracelet (from www.christianbook.com)
Glittery Hearts Faith bands (from www.christianbook.com)
Little Flower head band
Brain Quest for 2-3 year olds
watering can to water our flowers outside

4 year old son:
Faith tag, stick with Jesus (from www.christianbook.com)
Jesus Victory Puzzle block (from www.christianbook.com)
Safari lead free insects toob (God's creatures)
Brain Quest numbers (something to add to his workboxes)
Brain Quest Letters
Beatrix Potter coloring book about Peter Rabbit (we are reading the Peter Rabbit Stories at bedtime.)

7 year old daughter:

Glittery Hearts Faith bands (from www.christianbook.com)
The Princess and the Kiss coloring book (we have this lovely book and both the older girls enjoy it very much) (from www.christianbook.com)
Book: The Very First Easter by Kelly Pulley (by the same folks who do the Beginner's bible)
Garden gloves
Chick themed post it notes (we like to write notes to each other in the family so we use post it's often : )


9 year old daughter:

Glittery Hearts Faith bands (from www.christianbook.com)
The Princess and the Kiss coloring book  (from www.christianbook.com

Books by Lee Strobel (these were recommended by my Pastor), The case for Christ for Kids, The case for the Creator for kids and the Case for Faith for kids.
Garden Gloves
Chick Themed post in notes

I received some neat things via email about fun things to do for Easter, so thought I would share them:

Empty Easter Tomb cookies: http://westerntractmission.org/KK/craft/EasterTombCookies.shtml



These are a copy and paste from Sue Patrick's workbox email and the ideas are some pretty neat ones about things you can do with those plastic Easter eggs that can be picked up cheaply (just watch for lead, as there was a bit recall I think last year because of the lead in some of these):


For little ones, just opening them and putting them together works on fine motor skills and sequencing.  For children of all ages, they can be used for enrichment activities in all subjects.  Here are few ideas:

  • Chores:  Have a set color for each child (ex: Joey is always blue, Mark is always green).  The children hunt for an egg in each room.  When they find it and open it, it has a chore to be done in it for that room.
  • Preschool Workboxes:  Put many different color eggs with parts separated in a Workbox.  The child finds the matching halves and puts them together in a "finished" egg carton.  Expand this by having them place the color word in the egg once they match it.  In the beginning the color word will also be printed in that color of ink (the yellow egg color will be printed in yellow ink).  Expand by having only black ink color words.  
  • Elementary Age Workboxes:  Fill each egg with different items (penny, toothpick, rice, rubber band, etc).  Label the bottom of each depression of an egg carton with that item and the child shakes each egg trying to tell from the sound what item is in the egg.  He sorts them by sound onto the appropriate label.  He then gets to open them to see if he was right.
  • Middle School Workboxes/Center: Timeline events--label each egg with an event or date.  The child sorts them in order if listed by event or if the date is written on them, place the matching event on a label in the depression of a an egg carton.  He sorts the eggs onto the correct even.     You can also play a game of throwing the eggs to them and when they catch it and look at the information, they have a certain period of time to tell you everything they know about that event.  Ex:  The egg has "underground railroad" on it.  You throw it to them and they have one minute to tell you when, where and why for the underground railroad.  This is particularly fun with multiple children.
  • High School Workboxes/Center:  Use them as a visuals when working on planning for big projects or literature assignments.  

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