35 responses

  1. QuatroMama
    April 19, 2011

    LOVE these, Amanda. Love how you continue to impress their hearts and OUR hearts in the process. =)

    • ohamanda
      April 19, 2011

      Love you, Jen!

  2. Mia Carey
    April 19, 2011

    I LOVE these ideas!!!!!!!!!!
    THANKS for SHARING!!!!

  3. Rebekah from Simply Rebekah
    April 19, 2011

    I remember that last year I had such a hard time finding religious things for my little one’s first Easter basket! Thanks for the great ideas for this year. (found you on Oh Amanda!)

  4. Hannah
    April 19, 2011

    Just popped over from top ten tuesaday.
    I love this idea, especially putting the rocks in Jesus’ basket. Very cleverly done and thougth provoking as well :)

  5. SaraR
    April 19, 2011

    I love love love this idea. We’re (and by we I mean my husband) digging post holes for a fence expansion and found large rocks. Now we have something to do with them! I also love the necklace idea. I’m thinking I may pass on some of mine to my girls.

  6. juliea
    April 19, 2011

    I remember you commented http://devouringhisword.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-bunny-vs-jesus-jesus-is-winning.html about trying out the Jesus Movie, too. Since ours won’t get opened until Sunday, I’m curious to know how you liked it. Is it as good as it looks? Will we love it?

    • ohamanda
      April 19, 2011

      We haven’t watched it yet–I’m hoping to watch it tomorrow. I will let you know!!

    • ohamanda
      April 21, 2011

      We watched the Jesus Movie today. I really liked it! It was kinda slow (like all Jesus movies) but still had a good thread of a plot…I mean, they explained the story well. Like why Herod would want to kill baby Jesus and why Jesus asked Peter 3x if he loved him. They gave a little “commentary” on it.

      It was NOT scary and they didn’t show the crucifixion—they showed Jesus with bruises/scratches on him, they showed the soldiers punching him but it was from a very far distance and they showed the crosses from a distance.

      I actually enjoyed it and some of it got ME thinking about what it must have been like for the disciples. It was kinda long–over an hour. So, Asa (2.5) kept running around and jumping on my head. I feel like we talked the entire way thru the movie! :)

      There were a few little jokes here and there–a funny little bunny pair make appearances all thru the movie. The kids liked them.

      So, my recommendation: It is appropriate for any age. It’s a great way for kids’ to see the WHOLE of Jesus’ life. And it was Biblicaly sound (as far as *I* could tell!)

      • juliea
        April 21, 2011

        Thanks for the (p)review! Sounds like it’s going to be a winner at our house, too.

        And I know what you mean: those Read & Share dvd’s can be a little slow… but I think that’s part of the draw for the younger ones. Such a nice change from the overwhelming bombardment of most entertainment.

      • ohamanda
        April 22, 2011

        I agree–TV is tooo fast!

  7. Carrie- Little Llamas
    April 19, 2011

    I love how you did it! Love the idea of putting the rocks in Jesus’ basket. we definitely talk about sin being Gone and what is left in our baskets are blessings..but I love the picture of jesus’ basket carrying the rocks now. LOVE it!

    • ohamanda
      April 19, 2011

      After we talked about it w/the kids a little bit Lydia said, “Now Jesus has all our sins!”. And I said, “Well, not really. He did take them but He conquered them and basically threw them away.” So I told her we could throw all the rocks away on Good Friday! (Hopefully I’ll remember to do that!)

      Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Shirley
    April 21, 2011

    This is one of the best ideas I have seen for young children! Thank you for sharing. Also, thank you for the tip on The Jesus movie.

  9. Jamie @ See Jamie blog
    April 22, 2011

    These are the coolest Easter basket ideas EVER!

  10. Courtney (WomenLivingWell)
    April 22, 2011

    This is an awesome post! I love it! Your kids are SO blessed to have a mommy who teaches them in such creative ways!
    Courtney

    • ohamanda
      April 23, 2011

      Thank you! I try. :)

  11. bluecottonmemory
    April 23, 2011

    What a wonderful idea! Love it!

  12. melissa
    April 23, 2011

    as always amanda you have provided a lovely way to weave the love of jesus into the norms of daily living. i love it. this is great!!!!

  13. LIZA MARTIN
    April 23, 2011

    hi
    im not sure if you have covered this somewhere but what do you feel is an age appropriate way to tell the story of easter? i love the idea of the rocks, red cloth ect… but not sure if talking about death and blood is too much? thanks!!

    • ohamanda
      April 24, 2011

      Hi Liza! Not sure if it’s too late to answer your question, but I did write about this: http://ohamanda.com/easter-jesus-death-resurrection-for-kids/

      I think kids’ CAN understand the death/resurrection—on their level. You don’t have to focus on the blood and gore. But you can focus on the sacrifice and reality of it!

      a

  14. Stacia Jahnke
    April 24, 2011

    Amanda, thank you so much for sharing this awesome way of teaching our young ones the true meaning of Easter. I’m a Children’s Pastor and after reading this post, I decided to use it an object lesson along with our annual Egg Hunt. We did the rocks and the red cloth but then we put white cotton balls on top of the cloth to symbolize being made ‘white as snow’ and therefore making room in our hearts for all the good things God gives us..then we hunted for eggs (good things) and put them on top of the cotton balls. The kids LOVED it and I loved that it was more than ‘just an egg hunt’!! Thanks again!!

    • ohamanda
      April 26, 2011

      Stacia! This is such an encouragement to me! You know I was a Children’s Pastor before I had kids. So, I love knowing that I kinda helped a big group of kids this year! :)

  15. Amy Sullivan
    April 30, 2011

    These ideas are awesome. Way to refocus all the craziness into the important. First time here, and love what you are doing.

  16. Katie
    March 25, 2012

    We do still do Easter baskets (gotta have candy!) but we’ve been putting Christian gifts in too, like new Bibles, prayer journals, Christian books, etc. Our Easter bunny loves God too!

  17. Carol
    April 4, 2012

    What did you do with the rocks after they were in the Jesus basket?

    • ohAmanda
      April 6, 2012

      I think we threw them away. I remember Lydia asking about the rocks and I realized that part of my metaphor broke down! :)

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