Easter will be here soon, so it’s time to start thinking about how to fill up those baskets. If you want to avoid too much of a sugar rush, just what should you include? Easter is the most important holiday, so we like for our baskets to point to the meaning of the season. Sure we throw in some bubbles and sidewalk chalk, but we also want our kids to pause and consider the Creator who made the seasons and gave us meaning. We can use easter baskets to point our kids to Jesus.
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You can’t go wrong with a Bible! There are so many great ones out there for kids too. You can find a children’s Bible at just the right level, no matter what their age.
You can find worship music just for kids, or you can pick something your kids love to sing along with on the radio. (My three year old’s favorite song is Big Daddy Weave’s “The Lion and the Lamb.” Include a copy of a worship DVD, CD, or an iTunes card so your kids can choose their own worship music.
Studying the Bible can and should be fun for kids. Kay Arthur has a wide array of topical and book studies for kids as well as adults. There are several other family Bible studies if you don’t find one to your liking. Find one that your kids will be excited to see in their baskets.
Christian Picture Books
As a former elementary school teacher with a masters as a reading specialist, I can’t leave out my beloved books!
When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner–This is a sweet picture book with beautiful illustrations and rhyming text. It encourages healthy self-confidence because it helps children see themselves through the eyes of God.
God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergen–This book continues with the gorgeously illustrated “God Gave Us” series. The reason for Easter is explained in very simple terms for little ones.
The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross by Carl Laferton–It wouldn’t be a great picture book without amazing illustrations! The true joy of this book is that it walks through the Bible, giving a complete picture of the Easter story, tying it all together beautifully.
The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set by C.S. Lewis–Your kids will most likely love these classics. You can even read them together and follow up with Chronicles of Narnia movie nights!
Who Was Mother Teresa? (Who Was?) By Jim Gigliotti–If you haven’t yet discovered the “Who Was” series, you are in for a treat. There are tons of these fact-filled easy chapter books about all kinds of famous people. My kids love them. I will be holding on to them for my grandkids. Enough said!
“The Case for…” Series by Lee Strobel–This series has several great non-fiction titles. Have you heard of the upcoming Case for Christ movie? It’s the powerful story of how the original Case for Christ brought an atheist to his knees. These books began with the children’s version of a Case for Christ. Each book breaks down and presents evidence for big concepts. Check out Case for Christ for Kids (Case for… Series for Kids), Case for a Creator for Kids (Case for… Series for Kids), Case for Faith for Kids (Case for… Series for Kids), Case for Grace for Kids, and more.
Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective by J. Warner Wallace–What kid doesn’t enjoy a little mystery now and then–especially when it a real mystery that you solve with a real detective! I love the premise of this book. It has a similar apologetics them as the Lee Strobel series, but with a twist.
Toys, Games, and More!
Although I love books, I do like to mix it up a little. Here are some other powerful ideas for filling up Easter baskets..
Melissa & Doug New Testament Bible Stories Wooden Cube Puzzle – 6 Puzzles in 1 (16 pcs) is a fun and educational toy for your little ones. It’s never too early to start sharing the love of Jesus at home!
BibleOpoly–Game-Bibleopoly (2-6 Players) presents a fun twist on the original Monopoly Version because cooperation is key. When you play, BibleOpoly, you will be traveling through Biblical cities and learning their history. You will be rewarded for good deeds. The game ends when someone builds a church in a Biblical city.
T-Shirts for a Cause–Clothing items are often a hit with my girls. If you want to add some meaning to them, check out T-Shirts for a Cause.
Coloring is all the rage for kids, teens, and adults. There are lots of Bible verse coloring books and themes to choose from, but I love You’re God’s Girl! Coloring Book if you have a girl.
Time to Fill Those Baskets!
I hope you have found some powerful ideas for filling up Easter baskets. I love pointing the day back at Jesus, the one who deserves all the glory.
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11 ESV
What are your powerful ideas for filling up Easter baskets?
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