Chocolate bunnies and jelly beans are great, but the reason we celebrate Easter in my house is because of Jesus! If you are looking for something with a religious theme to add to your Easter baskets along with the peeps, this is the post for you.
10 Religious Easter Basket Ideas:
1. Bible - You can find Bibles appropriate for any age. In our house we own and love Baby’s First Bible. It is a board book with 2-3 sentence versions of popular bible stories and a few bible verses. Recently we were gifted The Jesus Storybook Bible and l-o-v-e it!! This is an amazing way to read the Bible to children. The stories are shared in ways that kids can understand and will keep their attention. I can’t speak highly enough of this book.
2. Bible Cover - Do you use a special case for your Bible? I don’t, but I can see the advantage of using them. Especially for kids!
3. Christian Music - This year I am buying a Seeds Family Worship CD for Grace. We have their sampler CD and it is a favorite of hers. The upbeat lyrics for each song are taken straight from scripture. By naturally learning the words to the songs, we are actually memorizing Bible verses! I’m not very good at describing music, but I will say this: it isn’t annoying. Kid’s music can be so annoying sometimes, right?? Well, this isn’t. I enjoy listening to it. A lot.
4. Coin Purse - Remember those plastic coin purses that you squeeze the sides to open it’s “mouth?” I am going to try to find one for Grace to use for her Sunday school offering.
5. Jewelry - There are so many fun pieces of christian jewelry available these days. When I was a kid it was just cross necklaces and WWJD bracelets. Now you can get cool pieces from shops like The Vintage Pearl and DaySpring.
6. Daily Devotional - We’ve been using The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers with Grace this year. I’m really impressed with it. The stories are short, but explain the foundations of the Christian faith. Each day has a story, Bible verse, and short prayer. Of course you can find devotionals for any age group, but if you have a preschooler in your house I highly recommend this one.
7. Sticker Books & Coloring Books - Visit your local Christian book store or check Amazon to find a collection of sticker books and coloring books that go beyond bunnies and baby chicks. I like that this Easter Sticker Books has reusable stickers. (UPDATE: I ordered that sticker book for Grace. I thought the stickers would be similar to window clings, but they are regular stickers. They come on and off the pages easily, but they will lose their stickiness over time. Not what I was expecting. Grace still had fun with it though.)
8. What’s In The Bible DVDs - These fun videos are made by Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales. He explains complex issues and Bible stories in a way kids can understand. They are filled with puppets, songs, and humor. What’s In The Bible Vol. 10 was just released. It is the first video of the New Testament. I haven’t’ seen it (yet!!), but I do own several other volumes.
9. Bookmark - A variety of religious themed bookmarks could be found at any Christian book store or you could make your own. I love the idea of picking out a special verse for your child and using it on a bookmark. Stacy from A Delightful Home has a cute tutorial on how to make bookmarks from old jeans.
10. Chocolate Cross - Enough said, right?
Do you try to include something religious in your Easter baskets? What ideas do you have?
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