Saturday, March 31, 2012

Our Week of Easter 2012

We are doing a Week of Easter Activities again this year and I'm posting a new post again because I think I'm going to change a few things and I want to remember what they are :) Since I already have last year's activities to work on I thought I could possibly add a bit more and improve on what we did last year.

Once again a couple of sites I got my information from for this are:
Sugar Doodle, Our Week Long Easter Experience Christianity Today, Easter Activities

The Pictures we'll be using are from the Gospel Art Book, put out by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The pictures can also be viewed and downloaded from the Church's website. All of the pictures we'll be using will be out of the New Testament section.

Sunday: Palm Sunday, Discuss Easter and Love for Each Other
Picture: Triumphal Entry
Scripture: Mark 11:1-10
Do an "LOA table" (Love One Another Table/Board/Wall). Set up an area where people can write compliments and notes to other members of the family that would then be shared out loud with everyone Easter Morning. I bought a large dry-erase board last year and we display it in the Living Room through out the week for people to write on it.

Here is our LOA Board from last year:
This was a lot of fun and the girls really enjoyed it, I'm hoping they like it as much this year! And this year Charity will be able to write on there by herself!

Monday: Color Easter Eggs for FHE, we color about 3 dozen since everyone loves to eat them except me!
Talk about meaning of Easter
Resurrection Eggs

Tuesday: Discuss Service & Easter
Picture: Jesus Washing Disciples Feet
Scripture: John 13:1-30
Discuss ways that Jesus served others and ways that others served Jesus. For Dinner have everyone serve someone else their dinner. After dinner discuss ways we can serve others. If I can come up with a good one we'll do a service project for someone else this night as well, maybe we'll take dinner to another family.

Wednesday: (refer to Sugardoodle link)
Picture: The Last Supper
Luke 22:13-15
We're going to have a supper that would have been served in Jesus time. Such as Raisins, unleavened bread, hard boiled eggs, berries, salad greens with vinegar dressing, olives, grape juice, and lamb if I can find it otherwise steak. We'll season it and marinate it with olive oil (1tbs), garlic (1 clove) and salt and pepper. We'll make a picnic out of it and use our fingers. I've really liked this meal in years past so I'm excited to be doing this again! (It will be our third year doing it!)

We didn't get to it last year but this year I really want for us to dress up in sheets and stuff for our picnic dinner tonight! The kids would have so much fun with that! :)

Unleavened Bread Recipe
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine in a bowl: 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp baking soda. Cut in 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir in 2/3 cup buttermilk. Mix in one egg and two cups flour. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into several pieces and roll out very thin on a floured board (if not rolled out thin, it will have the consistency of heavy bread). Lay sheet of dough on ungreased flat baking pans. Prick with a fork Cut into 4-inch squares with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Thursday: Garden of Gethsemane and the Plan of Happiness
Picture: Garden of Gethsemane
Scripture: Mark 14:12-21
Jesus Died that we might live again, he suffered for our sins so we can be forgiven.

Friday: Discuss Jesus Sacrifice, the Crucifixion
Picture: The Crucifixion
Sripture: John 19
Make Edible Tombs, and have everyone share their favorite story about Jesus

Saturday: Did Jesus Really live again?
Picture: Burial of JesusEmpty Tomb (this one is not in the Gospel Art Book, but we have it through a different set of pictures, Gospel Art Picture Kit #232)
Activity: Easter Story Cookies
Scripture: Luke 23:56

Sunday (Easter): Easter Baskets + Big Empty Easter Eggs and Discuss the Empty Tomb and eat our Easter Story Cookies and read together the LOA Board.
Pictures:  Empty Tomb (this one is not in the Gospel Art Book, but we have it through a different set of pictures, Gospel Art Picture Kit #232), Mary and the Resurrected ChristJesus Shows His Wounds

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