For Easter this year we decided to focus on the Good Friday washing of feet and breaking bread together. We decided as we were seeing family on the friday, we would have a Last Supper (or Passover) together on the Thursday. We planned to wash each others feet and talk about why we share this food. Button is still very young so we wanted to make it fun and family orientated while getting the point across. 
  As well as this we also thought it would be fun to see how other countries celebrate Easter. So we looked at Germany, Spain and Hungary.

Decorating eggs. 

     We found that they do this in Germany after watching a short youtube video on their traditions. We thought that this was a fun craft to do to decorate the house. In Germany they decorate them in bright colours and hang them on trees in their garden. 
   We started with trying to dye some blown eggs but this went very wrong (mostly because mummy bought the eggs- you need white not brown chicken eggs).
   So we moved on to polystyrene eggs from the pound shop and acrylic paints or glitter. This was a lot of fun and the end results are great. 

You will need 

Polystyrene eggs
A box 
Wooden sticks
Acrylic paint

1.The box is to hold the sticks and eggs to help during painting and then a great place for them to dry. 

2. We stabbed each egg with a stick this way we could paint all the way round without getting too messy. 

3. We decorated with patterns and pictures. 

4. We kept some aside for the glitter. We covered the whole egg in Glue 

5. We covered the glue in glitter. 

6. Leave to dry and use to decorate the garden or house

Decorating a wine glass

As part of our learning about Good Friday, we decided to decorate a plastic wine glass to have our grape juice in. Button loved this and did it all herself. It was so simple and a lot of fun if your children love messy crafts. While we sat doing this activity, we spoke about the story of the Last Supper and why Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. 

You will need 

A plastic glass
Tissue paper (cut into squares)
Modge podge glue (half glue, half water mixture)

1. Have all ur tissue paper cut and ready and lay some paper down as the glue is runny. 

2. Start to glue the tissue paper to the glass. We left a rim around the top for drinking from 

3. Once its covered and finished. Add a layer of the glue to seal it. Leave to dry.

Sensory play

Button still loves sensory or small world play. So as we have done a lot of small world lately we thought we would change it up a bit and so did a sensory tray. 
  Button spent a good hour playing with it and did different stories and role plays along the way. She went from filling all the cups and tubs, to feeding the families, to filling the eggs and having an egg hunt. Her imagination was just swarming with ideas and I love to sit back and watch. 

You will need 

Spoons, spades, cups and tubs
Small animals 
Dry beans or bird seed 

One easy step. Lay them out and leave your children to explore and play.

Unleavened bread 

What a great recipe for children! Button did the whole lot on her own and was proud of herself with the finished product. 
  This bread has no yeast so it doesnt need time to proof. 

You will need 
 1 cup cold water
2 Tbs vegetable oil
8 Tbs honey
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tbs softened butter
1 egg
5 cups flour (we used white)

1. Preheat the oven to 200C 
2. Mix together all ingredients apart from the flour
3. Slowly add the flour and kneed
4. Kneed on a flat surface until elastic. 
5. Oil hands and make small balls then flatten. 
6. Get a fork and add lines of dots. 
7. Cook for 10-12 mins until edges are golden.

Matzah dessert

This was very yummy and easy to make. The recipe I found said 25-30 mins in the oven. Ours were ready after 15 so the edges got a bit burnt, but our oven is pretty powerful. This needs adult supervision as you need to make the caramel on the hob. However, we still had a lot of fun doing this together. 

You will need 
4 Matzah (unsalted)
113g of butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pack of chocolate chips
sea salt
Preheat oven to 250oC

1.Line a cookie sheet with foil.  Arrange the four pieces of matzah on the cookie sheet to fit.
2.Melt the butter in a saucepan
3. Add the brown sugar 
4. Let the butter and sugar cook until it bubbles and the sugar has melted.  Add the vanilla off the heat
5.Pour the sugar mixture over the matzah and spread it all over the top
6. Bake the matzah in a 250 degree oven for 25-30 minutes
7. Cover the matzah with the bag of chocolate chips.  Put the cookie sheet back in the oven for another 3-4 minutes or until the chips start to melt.
8. Spread the chips evenly over the top of the matzah.
9. Sprinkle the sea salt over the top.  
10.Let it chill in the fridge for 2 hours or until it is set.  Break it into pieces and you are ready to serve

Christian passover 

The Thursday before Good Friday also known as Maundy Thursday. We decided to start a family tradition of having a Last Supper meal together. This was our first year and Button and mummy spent the day preparing for it. Daddy was working till 7 so we wanted a light dinner that was easy to prep. We went for a lovely light salad with jacket potato and chicken. (Lamb is very popular on this day as it is what was sacrificed, but mummy doesnt eat lamb and we wanted a light meal). So Button and mummy made the unleaved bread and the dessert and then prepared dinner together. We also wanted to dress the table to make it special so using tissue paper and Buttons lego men we made a display of the parting of the sea with Moses. We had candles and made place names using some of the matzah cracker and Parsely. 
  We also set up the sedar plate  (this is a Jewish tradition but as it has a lot of reference to the Passover meal we wanted to include it and teach Button how other religions celebrate and also how we can use it to learn about the story and its importance). So Button helped me make the horaset, which is apples, raisins, honey, cinnamon and grape juice. She also got the salt water ready and the bitter herbs. Mummy could of prepared all this herself but its nice to include Button as much as possible and also while preparing it all we could talk about the importance of each item and why we use the ingredients we use. 
  This was a lovely day sharing experiences and talking about Jesus. It built up the excitement for Button and by the time daddy got home she was more than ready to celebrate, listen, learn and pray without any prompting.

We also set up an area to wash each others feet. We watched a video recreating Jesus washing the feet of the disciples and read the Bible passage. We also talked about why Jesus does this and compared him to our Queen, asking Button if she thinks the Queen would be willing to clean her servants' feet. Button really enjoyed this and got the message very quickly. At the end of dinner she asked to pray again and prayed that we all serve each other and enjoy doing it just like Jesus served his friends. This made mummy and daddy very proud because she fully understood what we were trying to teach. She even spoke about it over Easter with our family and friends.

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