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Easter is on its way, only a few more days away. I know that most of our grandkids, if not all of them, are looking forward to Easter goodies like candy, toys, and more. I already have my Easter bags ready for them, with books about Jesus Christ and His Resurrection, along with the Easter DVD, Veggie Tales: An Easter Carol. As much fun as we will have celebrating Easter day with them (on whatever day we see them or talk to them 🙂 ), there are other fun activities for grandparents and grandchildren that we could share with them as well.
One tradition many Christian families now follow is to have a Christian Seder meal, a feast to commemorate the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, either in their home or at their church. This is a great way to teach our grandkids about Jesus’ last supper, the Jewish Passover, and their own spiritual heritage. I attended my first Seder tonight and was wonderfully blessed in the process. This particular dinner was all adults so we primarily sat at the table, read through a little guide called a Haggadah, and learned a lot. With children it would have been just as special but in a different way. I was amazed at how much I learned and caught myself thinking, several times, of ways I could share some of this experience with my grandchildren next year. I did a bit of research online and found some excellent resources to help with the process: These resources are no longer online but I’ve left them here to give you an idea of what to search for. And Amazon does have some interesting resources as well.
1.Evidence for God is a Christian site that has a wealth of information, including two interesting articles about the Seder. The first is How the Passover Reveals Jesus Christ . They explain some of the traditional Seder customs that make so much sense once they are put into the proper perspective. For instance, “The matzah (cracker) itself is designed to represent Jesus, since it is striped and pierced, which was prophesied by Isaiah, David, and Zechariah.” Be sure to read the rest of the article to discover more interesting and significant facts about this special meal. They have a complete page, Messianic Passover Seder , explaining what to buy and what the significance of each item is. Finally, they have a third page, A Messianic Passover Haggadah , which is the program you read as you work through this ceremonial dinner. This is great information for you and for other adults. You will need to adapt it and probably shorten it somewhat for little ones. The whole process took us about 1 1/2 – 2 hours, which is a bit long for the very young.
2. I then found Passover Seder, a company which helps churches put on a Seder. They wonderfully provide printable copies of a long and a short version of the Messianic Seder Haggadah , both of which have great colored pictures to help keep little ones’ attention.
3. One last resource is a $5 eBook from Heart of Wisdom. Passover Haggadah has much of what the other sites offer but it is very specifically geared for children. It also provides just a bit more information than #2, although not nearly as much as #1. It, too, provides a short and a long version, along with cute colored pictures that children would enjoy. At 16 pages, it’s not very big, but I am glad I purchased it.
I would suggest that you check out the first two options and see if there is enough there for your needs. If you do want a bit more, you might then look at #3. One caution for #3 is that it printed rather slowly, and took two tries to complete the print job. That may be due to the fact that I was printing it on a Mac with a laser printer, which is not my normal set up. It did, however, eventually print out fine.
Some other possible options I noticed in my research were some online stores that offered puppets and other little children’s toys that you could use as aids in telling the story. An alternative to those is to make your own aids, with the help of the grandkids. They will enjoy the projects, and learn more about the story as you work together. Whether you do the long version, the short version, or even your own micro-mini version, I think you will enjoy these special Easter activities for grandparents and grandchildren and that you will all be richly blessed as you learn more about the deeper meaning of Easter together.