Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Resource Megalist

One of the things I love about being Catholic is that we know how to party!  At Christmastime, when the whole world is packing up the decorations and moving on with life, we still get several more weeks to sing Christmas carols, enjoy our decorated trees, and reflect on the beauty of God incarnate.

The same thing goes with Easter!  While everyone else crams as much Easter fun into one day, we get 50 whole days of Easter to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord!  I’ve compiled a megalist of activities you can do to celebrate the Easter season, which lasts all the way to Pentecost.  To learn more about the Easter season, take some time to explore the Easter Workshop @ Catholic Culture.  Also, if you need a place to organize/keep all your Easter season plans, Sanctus Simplicitus has a great planning page download available for free!

1. Start and follow an Easter countdown calendar (similar to an Advent/Christmas/Lent calendar) to help you count the days of Easter leading up to Pentecost.
Easter Countdown Calendar @ Catholic Icing
50 Plastic Egg Easter Calendar @ Equipping Catholic Families
Easter Calendar @ Wee Little Miracles
50 Days of Easter Cross @ Family at the Foot of the Cross
The Garden of the Good Shepherd Sticker Calendar @ Amazon
2. Pray the Stations of the Resurrection!  These are a counterpart to the Stations of the Cross and showcase the events after the Resurrection.
Stations of the Resurrection Box @ The Bookworm
Via Lucis Art Appreciation & Prayer Cards @ Family in Feast and Feria
The Way of Light Minibook @ Look to Him and Be Radiant
The Way of Light Easter Sunrise Craft @ Look to Him and Be Radiant
The Way of Light Story in a Bag @ Look to Him and Be Radiant

3.  Learn about Easter legends and symbols.
The Legend of the Dogwood Flower Symbolism @ Catholic Icing
The Legend of the Dogwood Flower Craft @ Catholic Icing
The Legend of the Dogwood story & printable craft @ Catholic Inspired
Mary Magdalene and the Red Egg Story @ Catholic Icing
The Legend of the Three Trees Craft @ Teach Beside Me
The Legend of the Three Trees Video @ Youtube
The Tale of the Three Trees Craft @ God Family Crafts
The Tale of the Three Trees Homeschool Printable Pack @ Homeschool Share
Easter Symbols Booklet @ Waltzing Matilda
Easter Symbols Download @ Sanctus Simplicitus

4.  Make a cross craft or two!
Oil Pastel Light Ray Cross @ Housing a Forest
Easy Toddler Tape Resist Cross @ Catholic Icing
Salt Cross Painting @ Catholic Icing

5.  Make an Easter egg craft as well!
Crayon Resist Easter Egg Cross @ The Crafty Classroom
Hidden Cross Easter Egg @ Amy’s Free Ideas
Symbol of the Easter Egg Craft @ Catholic Inspired

6.  Use food to learn about and celebrate Easter.
Resurrection Rolls @ Catholic Icing
Easter Cross Krispies @ The Celebration Shoppe
Easter Tomb Treats @ Free n Fun Easter

7.  Read a few Easter books (or one for every day of Easter!).  The library is our best friend with this one.
Best Picture Books of the Easter Story @ Catholic Icing
Children’s Picture Books for Eastertide @ Two O’s + More
8 Picture Books for Lent and Easter @ Carrots for Michaelmas
Picture Books for Easter @ Shower of Roses

8.  Decorate your house for Easter!
Easter 8x10 Prints @ Catholic All Year
Easter Cross Wreath @ Cheerios and Lattes
DIY Paschal Candle @ Shower of Roses
9.  Jesus’ resurrection comes during Spring, a season of new birth and beauty.  Get out in nature and have some fun!
Easter Story Nature Walk @ Our Journey Westward
Bird Seed Eggs @ Tutti Fiori
Paint with Dandelions @ The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman
Jellybean Prayer Nature Walk @ Our Journey Westward

10.  Who says you can only hunt Easter eggs on Easter Sunday?  Go on a unique egg hunt any day of Easter!
Jesus is Our Guiding Light Nightime Egg Hunt @ Catholic Inspired
Easter Egg Prayer Hunt @ Our Family for His Glory
You’ve Been Egged @ Fab n Free

10.  Reenact the Easter story through imaginary play.
Toilet Paper Tube Resurrection Set @ Catholic Icing
Resurrection Set @ Do Small Things With Love

11.  Spend some time working with your hands to put together an Easter themed handicraft.
Resurrection Pearler Bead Pattern @ Catholic Playground
Easter Story Lego Challenge @ Proverbial Homemaker
String Art Cross @ Dippity Dot
Simple String Art Cross @ Sun Hats and Wellie Boots
Easter Origami @ Housing a Forest
Cross Stitch Easter Egg @ Shower of Roses
12.  When all else crafty fails, there are always coloring pages!
Resurrection of Jesus Lego/Playmobile @ Catholic Inspired
He is Risen @ Ministry to Children
Stained Glass Crosses @ Homeschool Encouragement
Just Color Easter Pages @ 1+1+1=1
13.  Host an Easter Party!
Easter Party – Preschool Style @ From the Hive
Joyous Easter Tea @ Shower of Roses

14.  Switch up your homeschool or afterschool routine with some Easter themed learning!
Make an Egg Bounce @ Science Sparks
Easter Resurrection Printable Pack for Kids 2-7 @ 3 Dinosaurs
Egg Heads @ Nurture Store
Learning with Easter Eggs @ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Easter Math Crosses Mystery Picture @ Real Life at Home
Easter Word Search @ Real Life at Home
Special Feast Day/Liturgical Year Link Lists
Divine Mercy Sunday @ Homeschool is Where the Heart Is
Good Shepherd Sunday @ Homeschool is Where the Heart Is (Coming Soon!)
Feast of the Ascension @ Homeschool is Where the Heart Is (Coming Soon!)
Pentecost @ Homeschool Is Where the Heart Is (Coming Soon!)
April Saints and Feast Days @ Homeschool is Where the Heart Is

Thanks for reading!

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