Growing up we never received Easter baskets and I've never given any to my kids. I haven't been able to find the trued meaning of Christ dying on the cross and raising from the dead in giving candy. I know there are things like resurrection eggs designed to give meaning to this, but since I've never given baskets, I figure "Why start now?" Also, I tend pull away from the commercialization of the holiday. ( My husbands family always does an egg hunt, so I promise my kids aren't deprived!)
I did find the following activity a few years ago and it's been a hit. We've been doing this almost every year, it's fun AND meaningful. It talks about the empty tomb and leads to greater discussion.
Melted butter or margarine
Cinnamon sugar mixture(1/4 c. sugar, 1 t. cinnamon)
Crescent Rolls (ready to bake type)
Have your children wash their hands and give them each a marshmallow. Explain this represents Jesus, then have them roll it in the butter, which represents the anointing oil. Next, you'll roll it in the cinnamon sugar, representing the anointing spices. Place the marshmallow on a crescent roll, our tomb, and roll it up so that it is completely sealed (very important!). Bake about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
When the rolls cool, give each child their roll. When the tomb is opened. the marshmallow is gone! Representing Jesus being risen!
*Tastes like a cinnamon roll.
Finding the true meaning of Easter Works For Me and is a much Finer Thing!!! Here's another slip for the Tip Jar! Also check out Thrifty Tip Tuesday.