The Parable of the Lily – Easter Activity

Are you looking for the perfect faith-based Easter activity to use in a Sunday school class at church, at home with your family, or in the classroom with your students or co-op group this year?

The Parable of the Lily, an Easter picture book from Liz Curtis Higgs’ parable series is the sweetest way to share the message of new life with young learners.


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Read The Parable of the Lily then plant an Easter lily!

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The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs, published by Thomas Nelson, includes a wonderful lesson focused on the resurrection of Jesus.

Summary of the Story

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 a classroom teacher, I loved reading this precious book to my elementary-age students. Sharing this story with them and then gifting each child and their family a lily flower bulb [to plant at home] was always the perfect way to close out our final afternoon together at school before Spring Break kicked off for all of us. Now I love sharing this meaningful spring tradition at home with my own kids!

Seeing the eventual blooms of the beautiful lily serves as a continued reminder of all that the Easter season represents for us as Christ-followers.

Curious about where to find lily bulbs? They’re available here on Amazon. However, if you are a classroom teacher, purchasing 20-30 lily bulbs (one bulb for each of your students) can seem a bit overwhelming – especially when on a teacher’s budget, so here are a few options to consider:

  • A classroom parent or grandparent might be willing to assist with the purchase.
  • A local grocer, farmer, etc. might be interested in making a donation to your classroom or group.
  • You may have a spot (on school grounds) where a single “Class Lily” could be planted – a continual reminder of the Easter story.

If you love Liz Curtis Higgs’ Easter parable, The Parable of the Easter Lily, you are definitely going to want to check out her Parable Treasury.

Not only does her treasury include this sweet story for Spring, perfect for a faith-based Easter activity, but it also includes:

A parable for each season of the year! 

Explore More Seasonal Book Recommendations for Kids Here

The Parable of the Lily - Parable Treasury by Liz Curtis Higgs Featured on This Little Home of Mine

Yes, these parables were great to read to my former second and third-grade students, but my kids here at home love them as well! 

I so appreciate the spiritual truths these stories teach, and the Bible verses that are included throughout each book are a perfect fit with the stories.

The illustrations do a great job of capturing the attention of kids of all ages – such beautiful pictures, and I am thrilled to have these gems in our family collection.

As we journey throughout the seasons in our homeschooling, our favorite books are always along for the ride. 

Interested in more Spring Reads for your Kids?

You can browse our favorite Easter books here!

Easter Books for Kids by This Little Home of Mine

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