Celebrating Holy Week with your family can be an important way to teach kids about the importance of the Easter season to Christians. You can encourage your kids to participate in Easter Week acts of kindness ideas for friends, family, and people in the community to encourage a Christian attitude this year.
Easter Week Acts of Kindness
Holy Week doesn’t just start on Good Friday. Sometimes we forget to mark all of Easter Week. We sort of skip from Palm Sunday to Good Friday without giving much attention to the days in between. This year, take the opportunity to focus on alms giving at the close of the Lenten season with your family.
Keep reading to learn more about this printable Easter Week acts of kindness ideas and poster.
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Celebrating Palm Sunday with Kids
Palm Sunday is the start of the Easter week. Beginning the Sunday before Easter, this holiday focuses on the beginning of the crucifixion story. In the Palm Sunday story, Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey while bystanders wave palm fronds in welcome, shouting “Hosanna!” (an expression of adoration and praise).
You can celebrate Palm Sunday with your kids in lots of tangible ways to help the Easter story come to life for them. Beginning with this Easter Week acts of kindness printable, encourage your kids to give alms to those less fortunate.
There are lots of great ways to give to the poor. Kids can collect and donate money or give new or gently used toys to children who are less fortunate.
Other fun ways to mark the start of Easter Week with your family include making crosses from palm fronds to keep or give to others. Palm crosses serve as a reminder of Christ’s love for us and His victory over death.
Finally, try acting out the biblical story of Palm Sunday with your kids. Costumes are optional, but they’re lots of fun! Role playing in this way will help children to remember the story and the importance of the day too.
Easter Acts of Kindness for Monday thru Thursday
We have a tendency to sort of skip over the first half of Holy Week. After Palm Sunday, we get busy with planning for Easter Sunday and tend to forget our obligation to mark Monday thru Thursday.
Don’t worry, you can use this simple printable Easter Week acts of kindness poster to help you remember and celebrate the Easter story all week long.
On this Easter kindness printable, you’ll find the following kindness activities for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of Holy Week:
Make Disciples Monday
The Great Commission, given to the 12 apostles after Jesus’s resurrection, challenges us to go forth and make disciples. You can encourage your kids to make disciples using Easter Week acts of kindness on the Monday before Easter by handing out scripture cards to people they meet or simply saying “Jesus loves you!” to others.
In Hebrews, the Bible tells us to do good for others. This Easter Week, engage in simple acts of kindness with your children to encourage them to do good for others as Jesus would. One easy way to spread God’s love that doesn’t cost anything at all is by giving compliments. Bragging on loved ones and friends is a wonderful way to spread kindness and encourage others this Easter.
Wild Card Wednesday
This is probably my favorite day on the Easter Week acts of kindness printable! Wild Card Wednesday encourages kids to think of their own creative ways to share love and be kind to one another. You might be surprised by all the wonderful ideas they can come up with when encouraged to think about a special act of kindness for Holy Week.
Thoughtful Thursday Kindness Ideas
Finally, just before Good Friday, spend a day in contemplation. Thoughtful Thursday is a good day to find the small ways to serve others this Holy Week. St. Therese of Lisieux is remembered for her “little acts of love.” This Thursday, encourage your family to choose Christ and remember his sacrifice through small thoughtful acts. Here are some ideas:
- Smile or wave
- Hold the door open
- Help others
Remembering Good Friday Kindness Ideas with Kids
Throughout the Lenten season, we choose something to give up in an effort to draw closer to Christ. On Good Friday especially, remember to choose a small way you can fast from pleasures in order to remember Christ’s sacrifice and thank him for it.
This Easter Week acts of kindness printable suggests giving up TV or video games. It’s the perfect time to schedule a “screen free” day with your family in an effort to step away and focus on Jesus. As an act of kindness, you might choose to give up something that’s bad for the environment and have a zero waste day.
Easter Week Surprises for Saturday
On Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday, we are all preparing for the festivities. Children are excited about egg hunts, Easter basket treats, and all the coming celebrations.
You can add in more fun surprises that will keep the focus on Christ by performing surprise acts of kindness for your friends and neighbors on this day.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Have you been egged? It’s not what you think. This kind of “egging” doesn’t involve throwing raw eggs at your neighbor’s house. Instead, it’s about spreading kindness this Easter Week and reminding your neighbors that Jesus loves them.
Check out this free “You’ve been egged!” kindness printable for instructions on how to “egg” your friend or neighbors this Easter Week. Then, have some fun spreading love and kindness for Holy Week.
Make Resurrection Cookies
One of our favorite Easter Week traditions involves a special surprise that’s perfect for “surprise Saturday” this year. We like to make resurrection cookies on Saturday before Easter. These magical meringue cookies tell the story of the crucifixion as you mix and prepare the ingredients.
Then, overnight, the magic happens! When your children awake to these resurrection cookies on Easter Sunday, they’ll find the cookie tomb is empty inside. It’s a wonderful illustration of the Easter Story that’s tangible and sweet for young children to enjoy this Easter Week.
Easter Random Acts of Kindness Ideas
How will you spread kindness and encourage your kids to do the same this Easter Week? Share your plans for celebrating Holy Week with your family in the comment section.
Then, don’t forget to grab your own printable Easter Week acts of kindness poster to get started with a brand new tradition that will help you celebrate Easter all week long this year.
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