He is Risen!

“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
“And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
Matthew 28:6-7

May the amazing truth of Jesus’ death and resurrection become even more precious and meaningful to you this Easter, as your rejoice with your family and friends.

He is risen indeed!
Love in Him,
Marian

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

E-A-S-T-E-R!

Are you looking for another simple and fun activity to enjoy with your family this Easter?

 

Enjoy: E-A-S-T-E-R!

 

1. Paper and Pencil

Give each person a piece of paper and a pencil. (If you have children who have yet to learn to read and write, assign them a partner to work with.)

2. Title

Have each person/partner team write the word “Easter” down the left side of their paper.

3. Write and Share

Have each person/partner team write down one word they can think of that relates to the Easter story and starts with a letter found in the word “Easter”. Continue to do so for each of the letters found in the word “Easter.”

Write each word chosen next to the corresponding letter.

For example:

“E – Endured.” Christ endured the cross.
“A – Accepted.” Christ accepted God’s will.
“S – Sins.” Christ died for our sins.
And so on.

When time is up share the words written down.

If time, your family may enjoy thinking of Bible verses that relate to the Easter story and have one of the shared words in them. (For example, “E – Endured: Hebrews 12:2”)

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

Table Talk

Have you considered how you would like to stimulate and encourage meaningful conversation while enjoying your Easter meal together?

A selection of Eight Table Talk questions may be just what you are looking for!

On the download below you will find a list of the Eight Table Talk questions to print and use. There is also a page with suggestions as to how you might like to prepare and enjoy answering the eight questions as a family.

May your table conversation be overflowing with joy this Easter!

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

Scripture Picture Book – Matthew 27:27-54

Would you like a creative way to reflect on part of the Easter story found in Matthew 27:27-54 with your children?

If so, I highly recommend creating a Scripture Picture Book together!

A little family history will help to explain why. Years ago, our daughters, Melissa (3), Kristen (5) and Melanie (6), were on the floor having fun drawing and coloring pictures. Pictures to represent the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke chapter 2. These pictures were being drawn on a large and long piece of paper.

I soon realized that their artistry was precious and worth keeping, yet, the paper was large, and folding it up and trying to store it year after year was not very practical. So I decided to encourage them to draw pictures again, this time on individual pieces of 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock. Taping the completed pages together into a long strip made it easy to fold up the story book like an accordion and then read together.

What I did not realize was that this was the beginning of creating Scripture Picture Books in our home!! Scripture Picture Books that we would continue to make and enjoy for years to come.

We found these books to be a simple yet powerful way to think about, talk about, study and enjoy God’s Word together. We also found that as we read our Scripture Picture Books over and over again, often during Bible Time, our daughters began to memorize the Bible passages without even trying!

We now have a little library of precious and varied Scripture Picture Books that were created over a span of years. It is still fun to look at the books together, savor God’s Word and share memories the Scripture Picture Books bring to mind.

It is a joy to share the idea of Scripture Picture Books with you! I hope you too will be blessed this Easter and in the years to come by creating and using Scripture Picture Books with your children.

 

HOW TO MAKE A SCRIPTURE PICTURE BOOK

 

1. COLLECT

Collect your Bible, some crayons, markers or colored pencils.

2. PRINT

Print the download. (All the pages needed to complete a Matthew 27:27-54 Scripture Picture Book are included in the download. Step by step instructions guide you and your children through five study steps. Scripture Picture Books are recommended for ages 3 to adult.)

3. GATHER

Gather your children and have fun creating the Scripture Picture Book together!

  ARCHIVES

Take a peek into the Thomsen Archives! You’ll see some pages from our Matthew 27:27-54 Scripture Picture Book.

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

Scripture Picture Play

With this coming Sunday being Easter Sunday, I am excited to tell you about a creative Bible study that you can use to enjoy the resurrection story with your children.

Scripture in video taken from the King James Version.

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

Matthew 28:6

Are you praying about what Bible verse to enjoy with your little children this Easter? You might like to consider Matthew 28:6!

Let’s take a look at three ways to enjoy this verse with your little children. Read, talk and chair walk!  

THREE WAYS TO ENJOY MATTHEW 28:6

1. Read

Read Matthew 28:6 from your Bible to your children.

2. Talk

Talk with your child about what Matthew 28:6 is saying. Talk to God together thanking that Jesus died and rose again for you and your child. 

3. Chair Walk! 

PRINT AND CUT:
Print and cut apart the Bible reference and word cards to Matthew 28:6 found in the following download: 

Or if you prefer, write the words of Matthew 28:6 on cards, one word per card. Include two cards with the complete Bible reference on each card. 

DISTRIBUTE CARDS:
When your family is sitting at your Easter table, give one person the first Bible reference card. Then continue to go around the table. Distribute the other cards, one card per person, in verse word order. 

You will need to go around the table more than once as you distribute the cards in order, unless you have a large family.

TAP AND WALK:
Have your little child stand by the person who has the Bible reference card with a numeral 1 at the corner of the card. Instruct your child to tap that person. When she does, that person is to say: “Matthew 28:6.” Then encourage her to walk to the next chair and tap the person in that chair. Each time a person is tapped, they are to say the word on the card that is the next word in the verse.

Extra!
You may like to have family members who are saying the word on the card that is in front of them, to also add an action that would relate to the word on their card.

For example:

“not” – shake head no
“risen” – raise hands
“said” – put hand to side of mouth
“come” – beckon with the hand
“see” – point to eye
“lay” – lay head on folded hands
 

If you have a family of 5, your child will walk around the table a number of times before the whole verse is said. 

TAKE TURNS:
If you have more than one little child, they can take turns going on a Chair Walk! As your family becomes familiar with what to do, your children can start to walk faster and faster around the chairs! Fun! 

KEEP GOING!
Ready for more? After Matthew 28:6 has been said, you can collect all the cards and redistribute them, giving someone else the first Bible reference card. In doing so, everyone will receive different word cards to use. Choose a child to be the ‘walker’, and enjoy the verse again!

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

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