Are you looking for the perfect faith-based Easter activity to use at church, at home, or in the classroom?
Read The Parable of the Lily then plant a lily!
The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs is the PERFECT children’s book for Easter:
Maggie, the farmer’s youngest daughter, loves getting gifts, especially mysterious ones. One wintry day, she receives a package in the mail. She excitedly opens the package to find a bulb buried in a crate of dirt. This was not what Maggie expected. She had hoped for a doll or a game, not a bulb that would one day become a plant. When spring comes, she finds the bulb in the cellar and tosses the lifeless thing into the garden, never to think of it again. . . . Until she walks outside on Easter morning and finds the most beautiful lily she has ever seen. Through the unique gift of a bulb, Maggie discovers the power of grace and forgiveness and the true meaning of Easter. – Courtesy of Amazon
When I was in the classroom, I loved reading this book to my students. Sharing this story and then gifting each child with a lily bulb [to plant at home] was always the perfect way to close out our final school day before Spring Break, and now I love sharing this meaningful spring tradition at home with my little ones!
Seeing the eventual blooms serves as a continued reminder of all that the Easter season represents for us as Christ-followers.
Lily Bulbs Here
If you are a classroom teacher, purchasing 20-30 lily bulbs (one for each student) can seem a bit overwhelming – especially when on a teacher’s budget, so here are a few options to consider:
- A classroom parent(s) might be willing to assist with the purchase.
- A local grocer, farmer, etc. might be interested in making a donation.
- You may have a spot (on school grounds) where a single “Class Lily” could be planted.
If you love Liz Curtis Higgs’ Easter parable, you are definitely going to want to check out her Parable Treasury! Not only does it include this Spring story perfect for a faith-based Easter activity, but it also includes:
- The Sunflower Parable – Perfect for summer!
- The Pumpkin Patch Parable -Perfect for fall!
- The Pine Tree Parable – Perfect for winter!
Yes, these parables were great to read to 2nd and 3rd graders, but my preschoolers here at home love them as well! I so appreciate the truths they teach, and the Scriptures that are included are a perfect fit with the stories. The illustrations do a great job of capturing the attention of kids of all ages, and I am thrilled to have these gems in our family collection.