As the spiritual and cultural celebration of Easter approaches, teaching children about this event can help them appreciate its heritage, learn more about its historical roots, and develop an appreciation for faith-based traditions.
For teachers, it's important to provide comprehensible yet engaging stories that explore key aspects of the holiday such as traditional symbols, why certain foods are eaten on this day, and how other cultures celebrate in their own way.
For parents who want to foster positive experiences with religion at home or encourage meaningful conversations around faith within their family structure, Easter can be an excellent opportunity to do so.
An important religious holiday
The observance of Easter is an important religious holiday in the Christian tradition, and marks the resurrection Jesus Christ following his crucifixion and death. The roots of the celebration trace back centuries, commemorating Jesus' rise from the dead and illustrating his triumph of life over death. As an Easter symbol, colourful eggs are used to represent new life in Jesus Christ's resurrection.
These Easter eggs have long been a symbol of Jesus's return and rebirth, as well as fertility and good fortune. It is believed that Jesus reappeared to his disciples after three days in a form similar to a frightened bird emerging from its shell; thus, alluding to the egg which has become symbolic as a representation for Jesus Christ's resurrection.
Although many cultures still observe Easter with egg-related activities, storytelling and singing hymns, it remains principally a meaningful day for adherents of Christianity who honour Jesus’s victory over death by coming together to celebrate Jesus and His teachings.
Baking hot cross buns
Easter is a time of celebration in many Christian church services, but it can also be great fun to celebrate at home with children. One way to do this is to hold an Easter Egg Hunt where you can hide chocolate eggs or simple paper egg decorations.
Church services or online sermons can also be a great opportunity for teaching children the meaning behind Easter, and celebration activities afterwards can provide an entertaining break from traditional schooling.
Cooking together could also be another traditional activity celebrated over the Easter weekend, such as baking hot cross buns or creating savoury dishes as a family. However you choose to celebrate with your children, it's sure to be a memorable and meaningful experience.
Easter can incorporate fun activities for children
Easter is a time to commemorate the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and assemblies are a great way to teach children about the Easter Story KS2. Primary assemblies related to Easter can incorporate fun activities such as egg and cross scavenger hunts around the school grounds, with age-appropriate discussion about why Christians regard eggs and crosses as symbols of Easter. Contemporary materials such as videos or other media can also be used to explain the origin of the Easter Story KS1 in more detail.
Additionally, teachers and administrators might reach out to parents for involvement, by asking them to provide stories or artefacts that show how their family celebrates Easter.
This could potentially lead to further dialogue amongst parents, children and staff about the meaning behind this special event.
Savour delicious chocolate treats
The Easter season is a wonderful time for families to get together and celebrate spring. From the traditional pastimes of Easter egg hunts, baking hot cross buns and decorating eggs, to savouring delicious chocolate treats, there are plenty of activities for families to enjoy that will make this Easter season unique and special.
Connecting with nature is another great way to spend Easter together as a family, go for a walk outdoors and observe the beautiful spring blooms in bloom or head to your nearby beach or lake for some quality time by the water.
If you don't feel like going out, plan movie nights in or set up an indoor scavenger hunt around the house!
No matter how you celebrate, be sure to have fun and make lasting memories with those closest to you this Easter.
Symbolising new life
Easter eggs have become a traditional part of the Easter celebration, but their history can be traced back considerably farther. While these festive eggs have been exchanged in numerous societies around the world for centuries, ancient civilizations associated them with fertility and resurrection.
The symbolised new life was used to represent rebirth and also as a reminder of Jesus's resurrection signalizing the power of new beginnings. Individuals would often give hand-painted eggs as gifts or hang them on trees symbolising joy, renewal and hope.
It is still not certain which culture enriched us with this tradition first, however clearly it has stood the test of time and made a lasting impression on generations of cultures worldwide as an integral part of Easter celebrations.