Easter is a holiday filled with symbols and stories, both religious and silly, which kids embrace. However, outside dying eggs, there are a lot of Easter projects for kids to do at home. Why not use your kids’ natural love for storytelling and suggest they write some fun, Easter-themed stories? Not only will their writing skills get a workout, but their imaginations will too. Writing about Easter will also help your children get more excited about the big day.
Here are some suggestions to get your kids started hopping down the Bunny (writing) trail.
Why Easter is Special
If your family centers on the religious aspects of Easter, you can use this writing prompt to help your child put into words the biblical story of Easter. For younger kids, this may be a simple narrative like “Jesus came back.” Older kids might get into a description of what happened before Easter (Good Friday, etc) and why Easter is important. On the other hand, you can encourage your child to write about why they like the holiday outside of religion. Reason might include spending time with family, getting Easter candy, or having a big meal. Encourage kids to use descriptive words to paint a “word picture” of these things.
A Favorite Easter Tradition
Does your family have a special tradition they engage in every Easter? Most families who celebrate Easter have something that might qualify. This prompt encourages kids to describe in detail what that tradition is. It could be helping you cook the meal, going to church, or dying eggs with their grandparents. Ask your kids to explain the tradition in steps if applicable: first we do this, then we have to do that, then we have to do that. Older kids might even want to phrase it as a “how to” piece: “How To Dye Easter Eggs With Food Coloring” for example. Younger kids may want to stick to saying what they like. Encourage them to answer the question “Why?” too. Kids are never to young to start developing their ideas.
The Ultimate Easter Basket
Every Easter, you see them in the grocery store- those huge, plastic-wrapped baskets filled with candy and toys (and way too much plastic grass.) Ask your kids to out-do the supermarkets. Ask them to describe the contents of their ultimate Easter basket. Encourage them to be specific- what kinds of candy? What kinds of toys? How big is this thing? What color is it? Younger kids might stick to just listing items they’d love to have in their baskets while older kids may be encouraged to describe the basket in a story-form “I woke up Easter morning and found…” Encourage your kids to describe their reactions to all the stuff they’ve got in the baskets, too.
Inside the World’s Biggest Egg
Move over Cadbury, this is the biggest egg of all time. Let your kids creative juices flow by asking them to picture an egg as big as…well, as big as they want it to be, and then ask them to describe what (or who?) is inside it. It could be the mother load of Peeps or a spaceman who’s ship just happens to look like an Easter egg. Let the kids take their stories wherever they want them to go. It could be they write a narrative (or even a play) about talking to a huge chick, or, they could get into descriptive writing about what’s inside.
Let your kids decorate their pieces with markers or crayons or crafting materials and make them as fun to look at as they are to read. Be sure to share the stories with relatives or friends around Easter – as long as it’s okay with the budding authors. Some of kids might be shy, others will feel huge pride in having their work passed around and complimented.
Like any holiday craft your children do, these stories can be great keepsakes. When you kid is a financier, you can pull out the Easter egg story he wrote when he was eight. Along with the actual writing, you will also have a great memory of a fun Easter activity you shared.