In the past, we have transformed our Jesus Tree into an Easter Tree -- hanging up 50 plastic eggs filled with simple activities to do each day that celebrates the season, family, crafts, food, etc.
We have also used the Garden of the Good Shepherd sticker board -- daily prayers/reflections, stickers, and wrap up with a weekly themed meal. (More details here.)
This year, I wanted to simplify what we did so we could keep it up daily without burnout. Over half-way through the Easter season thus far, and we are still keeping at it!
So, what are we doing?
We start off with morning prayer time (more on that in another post). On Mondays, we reread the Gospel message and talk about it. Then sometime, usually on Tuesday, we create artwork to hang up based on the reading. I also had some family ideas to do each week, as well as this Easter countdown printable, and additional (but simple) Easter prayers to our morning prayer time.
I was inspired to do this from Tiffany at Family at the Foot of the Cross.
Easter Sunday: John 20:1-9
I got a little carried away in our reading so we added more than what was actually said at Mass. :) The kids opted to create empty tomb watercolors.
Family Fun: celebrate Easter with Mass, special dinner, Easter egg hunt, and family.
The kids traced their hands, with wound marks in reference to doubting Thomas. I added Thomas's words below, along with a reference to Divine Mercy Sunday with the rays of mercy and the words, "Jesus, I trust in You."
Family Fun: Go to the park and come home to make "Divine Mercy Sundaes."
3rd Sunday of Easter: Luke 24:35-48
The kids made "watercolor earths" (water-based markers on a coffee filter, with rubbing alcohol or water dropped on to spread color). In the Gospel reading, Jesus says the words, "Peace be with you" to his disciples. He also told them how he was meant to suffer and die, to fulfill the words of the Old Testament, and that all this would be taught to all nations.
Family Fun: Family hike followed by inviting others to a Sunday dinner. (We were sick this weekend so missed out on this fun!)
4th Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday): John 10:11-18
This is a familiar Gospel to many, I think. The kids certainly like it. I had them use paint to make finger-paint sheep with black paper body part shapes.
Family Fun: Go to the zoo. (Again, darn illness!)
5th Sunday of Easter: John 15:1-8
Here's another familiar Gospel reading. The boys opted to draw their own branches, vines, and fruit. I had the girls work together. I added a little cross, grapes, and chalice as a reference to Mr. D's First Holy Communion on this day.
Family Fun: Celebrate Mr. D's First Holy Communion!
And here's what it looks like in our little dining room corner:
There are three more Sundays left in Easter, and I will be sure to show you the finished wall.