I spend two Mondays a month at MOPS (mothers of preschoolers). This is my second year, and I've really enjoyed being a part of this group. Each group has a "mentor", a mom that has grown kids, and has been through the early years that I am in right now. So, they are wise and are a great resource. Anyway, two weeks before Easter each mentor had prepared a set of "Resurrection Eggs" for each of us, including the scripture that went with each of the 12 eggs. I was excited to share them with Jake and Sydney.
On Easter I let the kids take turns opening each egg, and finding the object inside. I then read the scripture that went with each object. (Rope, thorny crown, nail, scarlet robe, etc) They were right with me, understanding and feeling sad for what Jesus went through for us.
I thought this was a great way to help them understand what Easter is all about. I confidently as them when were done, "What are we celebrating at Easter." Sydney replied with much enthusiasm, "Jelly Beans!!!"
We'll try again next year...