Various children's books below to read anytime during Lent, Holy Week or the Easter Season.
The Story of Easter by Patricia Pingry
Catholic Babies First Easter by Isaac Wise
The Story of Easter by Aileen Fisher The Easter Story and Celebrating Lent by Jude Winkler The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Dubose Heyward Benjamin's Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs by Melody Carlson Legend of the Easter Egg by Lori VandenBosch
The Easter Story by Gennady Spirin
The Jesus Garden: An Easter Legend by Antoinette Bosco Easter Eggs for Anya: A Ukrainian Celebration of New Life in Christ by Virginia Kroll
The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown
Petook by Caryll Houselander
The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous
Crafts & Activities
Color these Stations of the Cross coloring pages
Adults watch Passion of the Christ
Crayon "Stained Glass" Cross Craft Have your child cut two identical cross shapes from waxed paper. Using old or broken crayons and a dull kitchen knife, scrape the crayons to create shavings of various colors. Spread the crayons on one of the pieces of waxed paper in a desired pattern. Then place the second waxed paper cross over the top of the first cross and the shavings. An adult should complete the following step: Using a warm iron, press the two pieces of waxed paper together. Holy Saturday
Decorate foam Easter eggs with religious stickers and hang them as a garland
Decorate Easter Eggs
Color coloring pages from the Coloring Book About Easter by Paul Bianca
Here are some other cute Easter crafts Food & Treats Holy Thursday Make a special meal to remember Jesus' Last Supper serving foods reflective of some of the foods Jesus would have eaten or symbolic of Jesus. Catholic Cuisine has a wonderful post with ideas for such a meal, explaining the historical and religious significance of these foods. Here is a possible meal for our family: meatloaf shaped like a lamb because we don't really like leg of lamb to symbolize Christ as the lamb of God spinach salad as a reminder of the bitter herbs eaten at Passover homemade artisan bread with a cross on it served with apple butter as a reminder of the Charoses, the Unleavened Bread, the Eucharist, Jesus as the bread of life and Jesus' sacrifice on the cross grapes for the kids and wine for the parents as a reminder of the wine of the Last Supper which becomes the Blood of Christ
For more Holy Thursday food ideas, visit Catholic Cuisine Good Friday
Make Hot Cross Buns as this is tradition for Good Friday. Catholic Cuisine has a wonderful recipe.
For other Good Friday food ideas, visit Catholic Cuisine Holy SaturdayMake Resurrection Rolls using the below recipe, Bible readings and analogies as a creative way to explain Jesus' Resurrection to young children.
Monkey Bread Cross (this a family favorite)
for other Easter food ideas, visit Catholic Cuisine Hope you have a blessed and reflective Holy Week and a joyous Easter.