Christ-Centered You’ve Been Egged Easter Activity

We can spread cheer and truth with this fun “You’ve Been Egged” Easter Activity. Let’s remind each other this Easter that “our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness”.

We can stand firmly on His truth and His promises. There’s nothing He can’t handle. No obstacle is too big for Him to overcome. No person is too sinful that He can’t forgive. No problem is too hard for Him that He can’t solve. O Sovereign LORD! You have made the heavens and earth by Your great power. Nothing is too hard for You!” (Jeremiah 32:17)

“Jesus Christ the solid rock we stand all other ground is seeking sand.”

In Matthew 28:6 we are reminded that “Jesus is not here, because He’s risen–just as he said”.  Did you get that promise-keeping part? It says, “just as He said”. He is our promise keeper and redeemer. He will never fail us! It may not look like we envisioned just as it didn’t for the disciples. Remember when they were walking on the Emmaus road disappointed and confused after Jesus was crucified? But He kept His word. He’s risen!

Love came down! Love died for us! Love gave us freedom and victory!

You’ve Been Egged Easter Activity

This is a fun and simple family activity to help you spread Easter cheer and God’s truth in this season!

  • Just print out the You’ve Been Egged Printable HERE in Pink: Egged ActivityBlue: Egged Activity blue
  • Then fill 12 plastic eggs with goodies. Make sure to keep one egg empty for the “He’s Risen!” reminder.
  • Go to a friend or neighbors yard and hide the eggs. You may want to let the adult in the house know ahead of time or if you know them really well you can surprise them.
  • Then tape the printable on their door.
  • Ring the doorbell and run away.

Hopefully, those friends pay it forward and keep the fun going. If not, you can “egg” several houses in your neighborhood.

Our Unchanging Grace

As we draw closer to Easter let’s remember that our anchor is firm in secure in Him not in our feelings, our circumstances, our jobs, our finances, nor our hard work.

“When darkness veils His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil” lyrics from My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

In His unchanging grace and love, we can rest!

 

Valentine’s Day “Heart Attack” Family Activity

Valentine’s Day family activity is simple and a meaningful way to remind our children what this holiday is really about!

Ever since I first dated my husband I would “Heart Attack” him on Valentine’s Day. I pretty much did this until a few years ago.  I absolutely loved plotting my mission to fill his office, car or desk full of cheese Valentine’s Day decor and stuff.

That was fun to do for my sweetheart but I also want my kids to know Valentine’s day is so much more than a romantic holiday. It’s about serving, smiling, calling and noticing the tired cashier at the grocery store. It’s about pausing in the busyness of your day to see the beauty that you’ve been given. It’s receiving God’s love and letting it overflow to others.

As a mom, I have the joy of planting these seeds of love in the hearts of my little ones. I want them to know love and service start at home by giving it to each other. My prayer is that God would grow those seeds of love for one another.

Valentine’s Day “Heart Attack” Family Activity

For several years now we have “Heart Attacked” each other as Valentine’s day family activity! Each year it looks different depending on the age and stage of life they are in but the basics usually stay the same: share words of affirmation with each other, give each other an act of service and remember God’s love for us.

How to “Heart Attack”

This is the basic idea:

  • We give each other notes of appreciation (our 3yr old used to scribble his love).
  • We ponder God’s love for us by reading verses or sharing stories of His love.
  • Everyone in the family receives an “Act of Love Coupon” (a gift of service or time) they can redeem later.

You can do it all on the day of V-day or throughout the week.

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Valentine’s Day Heart Attack Details

Spread it out the week of Valentine’s Day:

Write about 3 notes for each child telling them what you love or appreciate about them. Then place them on their bedroom doors or bathroom mirrors the week of Valentine’s day. One year we inflated balloons and added the notes to the end of the balloons.

Love is contagious! So for the next few days leading to Valentine’s Day, the whole family is involved in writing notes of appreciation. Choose a member of the family to heart attack, each day it’s someone different. Then everyone in the family takes a few minutes at a meal to write notes of love and appreciation to the chosen person.
You can keep this as simple as you want by writing a sticky note instead of a heart. Do whatever works best for your family!

1 Day Heart Attack:

Give each child 1 heart for each family member and have them write something they appreciate about that person or something encouraging. Then surprise them with all the notes on their bedroom door, pillow on their bed or bathroom mirror.

As my kids have gotten older they have added suspense to it so they hide the notes in the chosen person room or work area. I have found notes on the car dashboard, on my window by my bed so when I opened it I was delightfully surprised. Then they collect them and tape them to their door.

Our boys really like this activity! They like it so much they have collected their hearts from previous years and keep them on their door.

Print out the above FREE Heart Attack printable HERE. Then cut out lots of hearts.

Print out the love coupons HERE.

Print out the Hearts about God’s love HERE or these HERE.

Or you can do this all on Valentine’s day instead of the week leading to Valentine’s day.

What to Write on the Heart

If you’re stuck on what to say here are a few prompts. Each person will write out a note for the family member on the back of the hearts. It can say,
I love you!
You’re _______. (strong, kind, determined, creative, huggable…)
You make me laugh when…
When I see you ________ it makes me happy.
You’re really good at _____________.
God made you ______________.
It makes me so proud to be your mom/sister/brother when you __________________.

The three things I want my children to remember about Valentine’s Day is:

  • Love is verb. It’s is both spoken and shown.  It’s not just a feeling but it’s also an action.
  • We love because God first loved us!
  • Everything you do, do in love.

New Year’s Eve Activity for Kids: Confetti Poppers

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New Year’s Eve Activity for Kids is how we roll now after 12 years of marriage and three kids. Before kids I was always looking for a fun activity to enjoy with my husband that involved getting all dressed up and dancing.   Once we had kids that type of thinking and even desire came to a halt because who has time and energy to go dancing as a mom.

Anyways, here’s a fun way to ring in the new year!  I’m having the kids make these and then they can pop them all they want.  I tried it with Cheerios and those are awesome for shooting if they want to have a Cheerios popping game after they pop the confetti. I found that using a thicker type of water bottle was best. We used a sports drink water bottle and that worked wonderfully because it didn’t fold in when popping like toilet paper tubes poppers do.

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New Year’s Eve Poppers

Supplies:

recycled water bottle

confetti (we used the shiny kind!)

balloon

optional: I used decorative shiny washi tape to put around the bottles. It was so easy!

1. Just cut the bottom of a dry bottle off and remove the cap.

2. Then place the balloon over the top of the bottle.

3. This part is important–tie the end of the balloon. I didn’t at first and all of the confetti was slipping through.

4. Then place the confetti inside the bottle and pull the end of the balloon.

Pop away! You can place marshmallows or Cheerios inside.

 

Christmas Story ABC Ornaments Activity for Preschoolers & M is for Manger

Your preschooler is going to love this fun interactive activity-Alphabet Christmas Ornaments!

I’m so excited to bring you our 2nd annual 10 Days of Christ-Centered Christmas Activities & Crafts for kids!  Over 15 bloggers are joining in and sharing a Christmas kids activity, tradition, game or book inspired craft.

This year we get to participate in the family Christmas gift exchange. We haven’t been able to in the past because we lived overseas and it was complicated to get any mail.

My youngest son gets to give his youngest male cousin a gift this year!

I thought long and hard–What is something that would be fun to give him that his parents couldn’t buy on their own and that my boys could be a part of the process?

This is what I came up with and I absolutely love how they turned out!

Have you heard of the book M is for Manger by Crystal Bowman & Teri McKinley?  Well after coming across it I decided it is the perfect book to walk little ones through the Christmas story in a simple & fun way.

I knew this would be the perfect gift for his little cousin.

So I came up with this fun and interactive idea: The Christmas Story ABC ornaments. The ornaments make the story interactive and educational.

I love when I can combine a lot of things into one activity. With this activity they get to hear the story of the birth of Jesus, practice their ABC’s and even some fine motor skills as they dig through the letters and hang them on their own little tree or magnetic board.

Christmas Story ABC Ornaments Activity for Preschoolers & M is for Manger

supplies you’ll need:

(You can find all of the items below at your local craft store. I’ve included where I bought mine with the affiliate link)

optional: adhesive magnetic strips

  1. You’ll need to first paint your wooden craft ornaments.
  2. Once they’re dry you’ll add your ribbon and alphabet sticker on them.
  3. Then you add a thin layer of Mod podge to it with a paint brush to give it a shiny coat. Let it dry.

 

Finally, if you’re wanting to make them magnetic apply the adhesive magnetic strip to the back of each ornament. This will allow your preschooler to use them on a cookie sheet or on the fridge!

 Want More?

If you’re looking for an Advent Calendar focused on Jesus that will take your family through scripture here’s one that we are using right now and LOVE! Names of Jesus Advent Ornaments or these HERE that we’ve used in the past.

It’s for the busy family who wants to focus on Christ this seasons. It has both bible verses and a reading plan for the Jesus Storybook Bible that you can use for kids of all ages.

 

 

Our 10 Days of Christ-Centered Christmas Activities & Crafts blog hop is filled with lots of fun activities for the family. Our Fabulous bloggers are Inspired by Family, Chaos & Clutter , Paradise Praises, Encouraging Moms at Home, Crafty Moms Share, Thinking Kids Blog, Teach Me MommyProverbial Homemaker,  Suburban Soiree, The Awe Filled Homemaker, Future Flying Saucers, Adventures in Mommydom, Spark and Spook, Talking Mom 2 Mom, Clarissa R. West, Pichea Place  & Homeschool preschool. You can visit Here for the full schedule of activities.

These are our fabulous bloggers who will be sharing with you some fun & simple ideas in the next 10 days. Stop by each day to see what everyone is sharing!

 

 

A One of a Kind Children’s Christmas Book Story & Owl Ornament

I love this great little Christmas Books for kids! Below I share our Owl ornament to go with our cute book!

One of the things we enjoy doing as a family is going on walks in our neighborhood. When it’s winter we usually go before dinner because after dinner it’s too dark and cold. So on our last walk we collected pine cones. My boys love collecting things on our walks. I usually don’t let them bring their collections home but since I had this project, to their surprise we kept them.

This is what we made one year with our nature hike collections. We named our pine cone craft owl Cheddar. He was the best pet ever!

Every year we make at least one ornament for our tree. It’s not really a tradition but I guess it can be since we’ve been doing it for years.

So we are going to make a cute owl ornaments to go with our book!

Children’s Christmas Book & Owl Ornament

supplies:

  • pine cone
  • red felt or a babies red sock
  • ribbon
  • glue
  • construction paper

  1. Cut out 2 circles on tan paper and 2 smaller circles on white paper for the eyes.
  2. Then make the beak with an orange piece of construction paper.
  3. Glue them together on the pine cone. I used a hot glue gun to glue them to the pine cone.
  4. Take your red felt and place it over the top of the pine cone and glue it. This is the hat.

I used an ornament hanger wire and ran it through the red hat to place on our tree!

The book is the Christmas Owl by Angela Muse it’s about the power of giving back and being grateful for what has been given to you is definitely something I want my son to learn. The pictures are beautiful and the values it teaches are timely for this season when we are tempted to become focused on ourselves.

 

This Owl Ornament is a part of the 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas series. Hop on over and check out the other fabulous ornaments & gift ideas: