Sunday -- I pulled out Susie's toy lambs. She got one last year for Easter and and one this year (a little early). I put them in a springy bucket with her 2 Easter books from last year (board books). I figured they could be special toys and books we pull out only during this time of year to enjoy. As the years go on, we will add to the collection.
Monday -- pumpkin pancakes for breakfast (I just wanted to make them, even though I realize pumpkin is not very springy!). I had picked up a set of little Easter cookie cutters at Jo-Ann's a while back with a $5 off coupon (making them like 80 cents!) and used the cross one to cut out the centers of the pancakes. Susie played with the rest of the springy cookie cutters while I cooked, but I was thinking in future years, she can help me do the cut outs.
At supper, I gave her cheese cut into cross shapes (again with the cookie cutter), a grape tomato for the rock by the tomb, and baby carrots cut into slices for the thorns. I showed her the plate and told her about the shapes and what they were for (in VERY elementary terms), and said "This cross is like 'On the cross He took my sin'" which of course made her very excited to sing the Gospel song, so we did about 50 times.
|Diving into the food -- I could not grab the camera fast enough|
As we finished eating, I read to her the page about Jesus' death and resurrection from her book God is Great by Carolyn Larson (which I love), and showed her how in the picture there was a cross, and stone, like on her plate. She loved how Jesus was standing -- she said "Jesus HI!" We shouted "Jesus is alive, YAAAAAAAY" a whole bunch of times. She was very excited!
|I love this book -- what a great toddler storybook!|
|The very cute excited applause about Jesus being alive!|