3.30.2010

Holy Week Lessons

After seriously confusing Josie last week when I tried to explain what Easter was, I realized I needed to find an age appropriate way to teach her about it.

And when I started looking into it, I learned so much about the whole week that I never put together with Easter.

My First Communion Teacher would be so disappointed.

I have a lot planned for this week to help us focus on the events that happened over 2000 years ago so I hope you come check it out!

I found this idea on The Domestic Notebook and wanted to share it. We are a couple days behind so we will be doing three days today, but it is an awesome way to learn a little everyday!

1 comments:

Amy said...

Here is a creative idea that I am going to do with my kids.

The Easter Story Cookies

To be made the evening before Easter.

You need:
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
tape
A Bible
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. This is important! Don't wait until you're
1/2 done with the recipe!

Place pecans in zipper baggie & let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl.
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life.
Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it & brush the rest into the bowl.

Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, & the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27.

So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing.
Add 1 cup sugar.
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died
because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Ps. 34:8 & John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.

Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been

cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet.
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read Matt. 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door & turn the oven OFF.
Give each child a piece of tape & seal the oven door.

Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.
Read Matt. 27:65-66.

NOW GO TO BED!
Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20 & 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven & give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface & take a bite. The cookies are hollow!

On the 1st Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open & empty.
Read Matt. 28:1-9