Easter is also a season that lasts 50 days. That’s right – 50 days! So don’t store those Easter decorations away just yet. Spruce up your home with spring flowers. Have fun with your children. After all, we have a perfect excuse to be “Yes!” moms.
“Go ahead and jump in that puddle.”
“Here’s a piece of chocolate. Enjoy it.”
“Because it’s Easter!”
I shared some other ideas on how to extend the joy of Easter in a recent article for Faith & Family magazine (scroll down through the recipes until you see the “50 Days of Feasting” header). Word Among Us also shares 50 ideas to keep the joy alive during the seven weeks of Easter (HT: A Catholic Mom in Hawaii).
One other simple activity the girls enjoyed this year was creating “New Life” crosses. (I’m all about quick and easy crafts right now.) Older children can draw and then cut out a cross. Give younger ones a pre-cut cross. Then provide them with a stash of old magazines or images printed off from the Internet and ask them to cut out any pictures or words that remind them of new life. It was interesting for me to see what the girls came up with. Madeline cut out babies and flowers, but she also included the word “Maine” on her cross because, she explained, this is one of our favorite vacation spots and a place where she can run wild and free.
Be sure to prominently display your children’s crosses in your home for the entirety of the Easter season.
After I make a big batch of egg salad, I save the cracked egg shell shards for another simple art project. Check out Small Success number 2 here to see the girls Easter egg shell mosaics.
Enjoy your 50 days of feasting and celebration, and may the joy of Easter be with you always!