I was thinking this morning about what my kids really understand about Easter. We have talked about Easter and the real meaning of it, but I wasn't sure if they really understand. So I thought I would put them to the test.
I came up with some questions to ask them to see what they remember. So here you have it. Their answers...not mine. They were only asked the questions and not prompted to an answer in any way. I wrote down EXACTLY what they said so sometimes it doesn't make sense.
Little Princess: Age 3 years 11 months.
What is Easter? All about fun.
When is Easter? In a couple of months.
Why did Jesus die for us? Because he loved me.
What is the Easter Bunny? He looks like Santa.
What do you do on Easter? Find eggs.
What does resurrection mean? I don't really know.
What does crucify mean? That you can be safe.
How did Jesus die? Because he was in trouble.
Who killed Jesus? The breath guy. Who is that? I don't know.
What did Jesus suffer for? So we could be safe.
Why do we color Easter Eggs? Because it's fun.
Does your mommy love you? Yes!
Little Dude: Age 5 years and 1 month
What is Easter? Easter is all about having fun, being nice and finding eggs...sometimes.
When is Easter? On Sunday
Why did Jesus die for us? To suffer our sins.
What is the Easter Bunny? A real bunny.
What do we do on Easter? Go find eggs.
What does resurrection mean? We get died on the cross.
What does crucify mean? Crucify means that you could be happy.
How did Jesus die? Because he got killed on the cross. He got a bloody head and bloody hands.
Who killed Jesus? The bad guys.
What did Jesus suffer for? Our sins.
Why do we color Easter eggs? Because it's really, really fun.
Does your mommy love you? Yes, really much even when I die.
And since Little Dude's friend Aaron was over here I thought I would ask him the questions too. So here are his answers.
Aaron: Age 6 years 7 months
What is Easter? Eggs.
When is Easter? Sunday.
Why did Jesus die for us? So we could be resurrected.
What is the Easter Bunny? Nothing.
What do we do on Easter? Find eggs.
What does resurrection mean? We could come back.
What does crucify mean? I don't know.
How did Jesus die? Nails.
Who killed Jesus? Some people.
What did Jesus suffer for? Sins. Who's sins? Everybody makes sins.
Why do we color Easter eggs? I have no idea.
Does your mommy love you? Yea. Are you sure? Yea. How are you sure? Because I am.
(Thanks Aaron for being a good sport.)
So I learned that I have a little work to do, but I think that they get the idea. It was fun to see how they answered the questions. I might have to pick other topics and do this more often. Everyone should try it with their kids. It will be fun to look back on it someday and see what they understand about life.