“Be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.” -John 13:63
During the holiday season last year I worked with a company that did an alternative to Elf on a Shelf called “The Star from Afar.” It taught children the true meaning of Christmas by bringing the wise men to the star each day, then finally on Christmas finding Jesus in the manger.
Well, that same company is at it again, but this time for Easter. They have created The Easter Story Game that teaches the real story of Easter; life after death. You might think of it as an alternative to the Easter Bunny, or at least a way to re-focus the holiday. I too can get caught up in the Easter bunny, the eggs, the candy. But I want my children to know that is not why we really celebrate Easter. We celebrate Easter because our Lord Jesus Christ died for us so that we could live eternity with Him in Heaven.Find out all about the Easter Bunny Alternative for you & your kids. #easterstoryegg @starfromafarkid Click To Tweet
That is why I love this game so much. It teaches children not just about what happened the day Jesus rose again, but it takes them through the last week of his life. Each day, starting on Palm Sunday, there is a story and an egg to open. As you go through the stories it tells of Jesus and the people he encountered and the places he went.
Our kiddos were super excited to play with the eggs and learn what each one represented. Although most of the information went over the head of our two year old, she was still eager to play along and was able to take away that the cross meant Jesus and the last egg, which was empty, meant that Jesus went to Heaven. Our four year old asked to read the book multiple times and to match each egg to the story. He was then even able to tell his sister why the last egg was empty. I would call that success.
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Now, we might still have a visit from the good ole’ Easter Bunny, BUT that will not be the focus of our holiday. Our family is going to be looking for that empty egg, the one that means the most, the one that symbolizes that we will have eternal life with our Heavenly Father. “He has risen, He has risen indeed.” AMEN!