How do you explain Easter to a child?

Not with the bunnies & eggs but the actual reason ;)

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:51 PM on Mar. 6, 2009 in Holidays

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  • Since she's only 3, maybe just tell her it's a celebration of Jesus forgiving everyone's sins.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:30 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • Find a children's bible, one suitable for her age, and read to her from the part covering Easter. =)
    Apr1l

    Answer by Apr1l at 1:59 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • I have told my children, an the youngest is 3, that easter is a time to celebrate Jesus. This answer will work on the little ones for all sort of other things as well. It's brief, to the point, and since she knows Jesus already, as much as any 3 year old can, it works.
    surleysue

    Answer by surleysue at 2:07 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • I have always loved baking Easter Story Cookies and fell that this method helps children of all ages understand what Easter is really about. If you haven't heard of this it's wonderful to help explain and SHOW what happened to Jesus on Easter. Here are two good versions, you should read it thoroughly and put it into words your 3 year old would understand. I think this is a great Easter tradition!


    Easter Baking: Resurrection Cookies Tell The Story


    Easter Story Cookies Recipe


     

    tandknix

    Answer by tandknix at 2:45 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • Maybe start off with the bare bones and make the cookies and each year you can get more detailed with it...ya know?
    tandknix

    Answer by tandknix at 2:53 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • Honestly? Tell her like it is - Jesus was crucified, died, was buried and then rose from the dead. Do you know that this will frighten her? My son is almost 4 and I've been telling him the Easter story for years - I've shown him pictures of Jesus on the cross, I've answered his questions about the owies that Jesus has, I've let him explore and lead by questions. A friend of mine from church gave him a "Life of Jesus" puzzle that my son will put together - he always focuses on the crucifixion scene with the Roman guards and then the empty tomb. Children can accept this more easily than adults can, so just find books, puzzles, whatever, and tell her like it is. Don't wrap it in bubbles to make it less frightening - she probably won't think of it that way anyways. Remember, it's a lot easier for children to believe in the power of God than it is for adults to.
    JPsMommy605

    Answer by JPsMommy605 at 8:41 AM on Mar. 7, 2009

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