My childhood was filled with experiences of egg hunts on Easter morning, a church service where we would sing familiar Resurrection songs and a pretty table full of delicious food that we ate while spending time with family. They were sweet times and make for cherished memories!
However, our children won’t be celebrating this holiday quite the same way I did. Now that my husband and I and our kids will be hosting most holidays ourselves due to family changes and moving a distance away from my family, we are beginning our own traditions! We’ve decided one of these traditions is to let our kids enjoy Easter baskets and egg hunts while tying in our Christian faith to help keep us focused on the aspect of this holiday that is celebrated by the church.
Some Christians refer to this holiday as Easter and some prefer to call it Resurrection Sunday!
Whether or not you fill an actual basket, this is a really wonderful time of year where a lot of great resources are available to help your children understand more of Jesus’ death and resurrection and His love for them!
I wanted to share with you the items we’ve put in our children’s baskets throughout the years, a few new ones we will be adding this time around and some additional ideas that just look like they’d be great for kids while keeping them focused on Christ! :)
2019: I’ve updated this post to include more than 50 Christian themed Easter Basket ideas!
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50+ Christian Easter Basket Gift Ideas
The Parable of the Lily
The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story
A Royal Easter Story (The Princess Parables)
Benjamin’s Box – The Story of the Resurrection Eggs
The Legend of the Easter Egg
The Story of Easter (great board book for toddlers and babies!)
The Legend of the Easter Robin (Recommended for ages 7 and up due to some strong crucifixion imagery in the storyline)
God Bless Our Easter – You can read my review and see photos of this book in this post!
God Gave Us Easter
Baby’s First Bible NKJV
For Kids Ages 8-12:
Imagination Station Books from Focus on the Family – Time traveling back to Bible times with great spiritual truths throughout!
Trailblazer Books – Stories of Christian Heroes
Christian Heroes Then and Now – My 10 year old is obsessed with these books! Some can be pretty dramatic, because they’re about Christian missionaries and martyrs, so save them for kids who can handle that type of material.
How a Spider Saved a Man’s Life by Tony Hutter devotional book
God’s Amazing Creatures and Me: Devotions for Boys and Girls Ages 6-10
The Portal Book Series – Christian series great for kids age 10 and up who like books such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series – Books based on biblical and ancient historical accounts with an adventurous twist, excellent for kids ages 7 and up!
Wooden Eggs Craft Kit – I love these Wooden Easter Eggs that come with paint–they would be great for painting with Christian symbols and using for decorating in future years!
Building Faith Brick by Brick – This is a large picture book that teaches kids how to experience the Bible (30 Old Testament and 24 New Testament stories) in a hands-on way by building scenes using Lego® bricks!
Jesus Loaves and Fishes Lego Figurine – Would be a great gift to use with other Legos in setting up Christian scenes.
3D Last Supper Puzzle – Good to share the story of Jesus breaking bread one last time with his disciples before His death. (Good idea for a Sunday school class too!)
Days of Creation nesting blocks set
New Testament Cube Puzzle
Wooden Resurrection of Jesus Toy Playset
Easter Story Felt Flannelboard Set
Crucifixion and Resurrection Flannel Board Set
Noah’s Ark Shape Sorter Set
Creation 2 in 1 Floor Puzzle
Berenstain Bears Easter Sticker and Activity Book
Inspirational Bible Verse Coloring Book – excellent for older kids–especially my 7 year old who loves detailed coloring!
In the Word Children’s Bible Study Journal – I have lots of journals from when I was a kid and they are so special to read now! With a children’s Bible study journal, your kids can write down what they learn in sermons, studying the Bible or their prayer time.
Color the Words of Jesus Christian Coloring Book
Videos and Music – Ages 0 and up!
Seeds Family Worship CDs – Some of our favorite Christian music, with the words straight from Scripture! Great for kids (and adults) of all ages!
Hide Em in My Heart: Scripture Memory Songs by Steve Green
VeggieTales: An Easter Carol
What’s in the Bible: Jesus is the Good News – Very solid, Bible based videos with some good humor mixed in!
Theo: God’s Heart DVD
Bible Adventures by Moody Publishing
Rain for Roots Kids Scripture Music
For Kids Ages 8 and up:
Adventures in Odyssey Audio Stories on CD – Our 10 year old son’s favorite Biblical stories with lots of adventure mixed in!
Brinkman Adventures Audio Stories on CD – My 7 year old listens to these each night before bed! There is some suspense but nothing that should be frightening to kids this age and up.
Heirloom Audio Adventures of G.A. Henty – Dramatic audio retellings of historical events that involved Christian heroes from long ago!
Christ-Centered Easter Gifts for Older Kids
Follow Jesus Cross Necklace
Love Devotional Journal
This Beaded Cross Bracelet is so pretty!
“I Have Called You By Name” Quilted Tote Bag
NIV Journal the Word Bible for Teen Girls
Daughter of the King Glass & Wood Vanity Tray
ESV Black Journaling Bible – Journaling Bibles are for boys too! This one is black leather and has a side column on each page for writing notes.
Sticky Note Prayers – for boys and girls!
Trust in the Lord Campfire Mug – great for teen sons who like coffee or hot chocolate and who are hard to buy for :)
Bible Highlighter Set – This one for guys; this one for girls
If you’d like to incorporate some Scriptural resources even before Resurrection Sunday, here are a couple of ideas we love.
Resurrection Eggs – You can DIY a set of Resurrection Eggs, but this year I just went ahead and ordered this set (our homemade set got lost in the move).
He Is Risen – Egg/Puzzle Hunt Activity Set
A Sense of the Resurrection – An Easter Experience for Families
A fabulous, unique resource that teaches the death and resurrection of Christ by using the five senses with fun and faith-filled activities for the whole family!
Amon’s Adventure: A Family Story for Easter
This is a long book, great for older children that can be read in the weeks (or days if you’re willing to read a bit more) leading up to Easter Sunday.
**Please be advised that the chapters in Amon’s Adventures can be quite intense, so if you have young children, this might be a bit dramatic and scary for them :)
The Easter Story Egg – A hands-on activity for families to use starting Palm Sunday! Can be used year after year as a family tradition.
Looking for ideas for Christ-centered Easter activities and crafts? Check out this post: 20+ Must-Do Christ-centered Easter Activities for Families!
Have a blessed Resurrection season as you celebrate Jesus’ victory!
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