Monday, March 17, 2008

FHE: Easter (Toddler Style)

Although my last post about Easter had some good ideas, I still struggled with how to present the topic to my two small children without it going over their heads. I thought that perhaps just using the GAK pictures of Christ and his resurrection would have to do. I have been working on tonight's lesson, and stumbled across two good ideas that we will be using tonight. I just wanted to share in case any of you have found yourselves in the same boat. Thanks again to Sugardoodle for all the great ideas!

1.) We're going to play this little file folder game. It's on Sugardoodle called "The Resurrection of Jesus Christ".  It keeps the focus on things that kids can relate to - "Jesus is our big brother, He died for our sins, He was buried in a tomb, Jesus rose on the third day" The kids can match the pictures with the file folder and you can talk about each one briefly. It requires a little cutting and coloring, but it's something you can use again!

2.) Movable Easter Story - This is from The Friend and has Jesus next to the tomb. You use brads to fasten his arm and the stone of the tomb and then the kids can "act out" Jesus being laid in the tomb and then rising again. I like the little finger play idea also.

3.) Last but not least, refreshments. I've seen that recipe for those little hollow tombs, but they don't look very tasty OR very easy, so I thought we'd do cream puffs, since I have some whipped cream in the fridge. Remember these from gourmet foods in High School? They bake hollow and you can fill them with cream or pudding! You could try to draw that whole analogy or just eat them and enjoy.
Cream Puffs
1 c. water
¼ tsp salt
1 c. flour, sifted
½ c. shortening
4 eggs
Bring water and shortening to a boil; add flour and salt. Cook until mixture forms a ball and leaves sides of pan. Remove from heat and add eggs, one at a time. Beat w/ mixer after each addition until mixture is smooth. Continue to beat until dough is shiny and breaks into strands. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 “ apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes and then at 375 for 25 minutes. Cool completely to serve. Cut off tops an fill.


Sarah said...

Great!!! I hope you don't mind that I linked others over your way. I didn't want to retype al that you had already researched and blogged about so well.

How did it go? (yesterday, right?)

Amy said...

It went really well! They liked playing a matching-type game with the file folder, and the little movable easter scene was a hit! "He's not here! Jesus is awake! YAY!" It was sweet, and they really had fun peeking in the tomb and helping Jesus "wake up". Highly recommended.

love.boxes said...

All great ideas! Happy Easter to you all!

Our Loved-up Family said...

I just happened across your blog and saw this idea, I will be reposting this on my blog and linking back to you if that okay, it's a great idea:)

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stephisue said...

Do you know what issue of the The Fried that the moveable Easter Story was in? The Link doesn't work anymore. Thank you!

stephisue said...

The Friend!