I love using holidays to teach my kids more about our Christian faith. Recently, I set out in search of some resources to help my little ones understand why we celebrate Easter.
First, I went into a large secular bookstore hoping to find some inspiration. They had a whole display of Easter books about springtime and the Easter Bunny, but I was only able to find three that told the Easter story from the Bible.
Now is when I wish I was a creative person. But I’m not. I don’t have any super cute activities for teaching little ones Bible stories, but I like books, so I was determined to find some.
After digging a little deeper, I was able to find some books appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers that explain the Easter story in a simple way they can understand.
Here are a few that I liked. Just click on the picture for more info. (affiliate links)
Easter Books for Toddlers
This sweet board book by Patricia Pingry is a simple, traditional telling of the Easter story that is just right for toddlers. This is part of a 6-book series that teaches toddlers about Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, and 4th of July. Check them out!
Another story by Patricia Pingry, this one is a little more detailed, beginning with Jesus’ ministry and ending with his resurrection.
I love anything by the Beginner’s Bible and found several options for teaching little ones the Easter story. The Very First Easter is a simple book containing the passages from the Beginner’s Bible that make up the Easter story.
Easter Books for Preschoolers
This is a great little activity book for preschoolers! Writing, counting, coloring, and sticker activities are intermingled throughout the telling of the Easter story.
This Berenstain Bears book does a wonderful job of helping preschoolers and older kids make sense of the combination of the secular celebration of the Easter bunny/eggs and the Christian celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Some have said it may confuse kids about whether or not the Easter Bunny is real, so if this is a concern for you, you may want to read through it before you decide to purchase.
This contains more details of the Easter story, perhaps better for children a little older than preschool.
I love the Resurrection Eggs for telling the Easter Story. It’s a little too detailed for my toddler and preschooler, but I plan to use this resource in a year or two and make it a tradition at our house. Each of the 12 eggs contains a trinket representing one part of the Easter story. A booklet tells each part of the story to coincide with the eggs. This could be done in one sitting or over 12 different days. It’s a wonderful way to teach kids the entire Easter story, helping them understand how all of the events go together.
What are your favorite resources for teaching little ones the Easter story? I would love to hear more ideas. Please share yours in the comments.