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Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar. It celebrates the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion.
The date of Easter changes every year because it is based on the lunar calendar. Easter Sunday is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the 21st of March. This means that the earliest it can possibly be is the 22nd of March, and the latest possible date is the 25th of April. In the Orthodox church, the date is calculated using a different calendar, and Easter is often (but not always) celebrated on a different day.
Easter is a spring festival, and associated with new life. The name “Easter” comes from “Eostre”, an ancient Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring. The festival has been associated with eggs for centuries, and in recent times the eating of chocolate eggs has become a popular tradition.
This BBC video is a good introduction to Easter for younger children.
Teaching Ideas and Resources
- Design packaging for a new Easter egg. Think about who might buy it. What kind of design would they be likely to buy?
- Retell the Easter story in a comic strip.
- Use our Easter fact cards for a reading session.
- Write an acrostic poem about Easter.
- Challenge your children to an “Egg Drop” challenge. Can they use everyday materials to create a structure that will protect an egg when it is dropped from a height?
- Use the story starters in our Easter Pack to write an Easter story. There are lots of other Easter resources in the pack too!