Images of the Easter bunny, baskets, eggs and chocolate are common symbols of Easter; less often do we see symbols of Jesus, the cross, or the tomb from which He emerged. Here are a few little tips on how to use common images as tools to focus the meaning of Easter back to its original meaning. .
Use the Image of the Easter Bunny Symbolically
Whether you use a picture, stuffed animal, or just their imagination, the characteristics of the Easter bunny can be used to describe the values Jesus represented. Here are a few examples:
The Real Easter bunny is...
White, because Jesus takes all sin away
Gentle, kind-hearted and forgiving, just like Jesus
Has big ears, that are quick to listen; Jesus will always listen to our prayers
Has big eyes, to help us look carefully and choose what is good
Decorate Eggs With a Twist
One idea would be simply using a crayon to write each child's favorite attribute of Jesus. (Help them out with choices like loving, forgiving, etc.) This gives you a chance to talk about Easter while decorating.
Another could be using the same types of attributes on the eggs used for the hunt, so that the kids will discover these wonderful things in addition to having fun.
For older Catholic elementary students, you can have a contest that coincides with the egg hunt. Among all the eggs, inside a few of the eggs, write a small part of the Easter story. At the end, whoever can unscramble the "story" eggs into the right order wins a special prize.
Read a Children's Book About Easter
Regardless of how old your Catholic school students are, simply reading a children's book
about the story of Easter together can be fun and informative. Here are a few examples of fun children's books that help kids understand the real meaning of Easter.
Age 2-5 "What is Easter" by Michelle Medlock Adams
Age 4-7 "The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story" by Mike Berenstain
Age 7-12 "The Story of Easter" by Aileen Fisher