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What single day of the year are so many jellybeans eaten in the US that they would circle the world three times (16 billion jellybeans)?


Let me give you a hint. These jellybeans are often placed inside little plastic eggs, and hidden around the yard, then found again, opened and eaten. A fun but very impractical way to eat jelly beans! Easter!

In fact, yesterday we dyed eggs and talked about how eggs remind us of new life, but Easter is about so much more than eggs, jellybeans, chocolate and bunny crafts.

For us, as followers of Jesus, Easter is the time when we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, when He took the punishment for our sins and came to life again, and gives us new life in Him.
We have been reading a book called "Benjamin's Box", a story of a boy, Benjamin, who gathers 'treasures' for his box that relate to the Resurrection Story. We got these little wooden treasure boxes from the dollar store for each of our girls and each day (for a total of 12 days), we read one page from the story and the girls go collect the object that Benjamin found in the box and place it in their box too. 
 

It is such a creative, tangible way of remembering the true reason why we celebrate Easter, and the girls can re-tell me the story using the objects they collect! If you are interested in doing this activity with your family, you can buy the book "Benjamin's Box" HERE 
Easter time is such a fun time around our house. We have put our school books on hold for a few days while we do more crafts, activities, and stories that focus on this springtime holiday. 

Our girls love crafts, and I wanted to share a few neat crafts I found that we have on our schedule to do, and maybe you can do as a family too!
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My mom used to make these growing up and I wanted to carry on the tradition with my girls!
 
These are a bit more complex than Resurrection Buns, but since our girls are a bit older this year and love to help in the kitchen, we are planning on baking up a storm! Each ingredient in these cookies have a special reason and remind us of various Scriptures and parts of the Easter Story.
 
The girls and I both love all things nature, and this model is both a celebration of Easter and the creation that God made! It may be raining this week, but with this craft we can bring nature inside!
I am so excited to do this hands-on activity with the girls! Such a visual reminder of how Jesus took our sin upon us on the cross, making us clean!
What are your favorite Easter traditions that you do as a family? I would love to hear about them!
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