Have you ever done an Easter Advent calendar? Doing a Christmas advent calendar is common, but an Easter advent calendar is not as popular. However, it is an excellent way to teach your children the importance of Easter and the gospel message.
Below you will find a free printable advent calendar and cards! These can be excellent to do the month prior to Easter or adapted to however long works for your family.
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Advent in the Bible
Advent is something that we usually consider the most around the Christmas time period. However, advent is not something exclusive to Christmas. Advent simply means 'coming'. Traditionally is the spiritual preparation for the coming of Jesus (Christmas) or the second coming of Jesus.
Is there an Advent for Easter?
Although advent is most closely related to the Christmas holiday, it certainly can be used for the Easter season as well. However, it is not truly a part of the liturgical church calendar.
If we are strictly going by the Christian calendar, there are some different events that lead up to Easter Sunday.
Lent is the 40 days before Easter. This is a time of penance and fasting. Next comes Holy Week which includes Maundy Thursday (Jesus' last supper), and Good Friday (the day of Jesus' crucifixion), and finally comes Easter Sunday, which is the day of Jesus' resurrection.
As you can see, none of these things really reflects what we traditionally know as advent.
However, the reason why advent calendars can be so effective at Christmastime is that they help in teaching children the events leading up to Jesus' birth and preparing their hearts for the true meaning of Christmas.
So, although there is not a true advent for Easter, it certainly can be used as a preparation tool to teach children the gospel message of Easter.
Easter Advent Calendar Bible Verses
Are you looking to do something similar with Easter that you did with Christmas? A calendar is a great way to incorporate Easter verses into your family's routine for the month leading up to Easter.
Below you will find a printable calendar with Bible verses to guide your Easter family reading about one month prior to Easter. This is purposely an undated calendar. You can start and stop it at varying times leading up to Easter.
Easter Advent Calendar Ideas
Would you like to take your Easter Advent Calendar a bit further? I have some wonderful countdown to Easter ideas that might just fit what you are looking for!
If you already are using Shepherd's Treasure for your Christmas Elf alternative, you can use your shepherd and this Easter set to go on a similar advent treasure hunt for the true meaning of Easter. Smaller children especially love these types of Easter advent calendar traditions.
Other Countdown to Easter Activities and Ideas
Here are some other Easter advent activities and ideas:
- Using our Easter Countdown Printable, fill Easter eggs with the prompts and open them 12 days prior to Easter.
- Do a giving Easter tradition like this one.
- Enjoy some Easter coloring together as a family. Lessons from Home has a set of completely free Easter coloring pages.
- Read Easter picture books and stories that explain the real meaning of Easter.
- Enjoy a scavanger hunt as a family.
Printable Easter Advent Cards
In our Easter countdown bundle, we also have some stunning Easter scripture cards that you can use for family memorization or even incorporate into your advent calendar.
25 Easter Bible Verses for your Advent Calendar
Are you looking for more ideas for Bible verses during the Easter season? Here are over 25 verses you can use to create your own advent calendar or advent cards. These are themed to the Easter story. Enjoy!
- Matthew 20:17-19
- Philippians 3:10-11
- Romans 8:34
- Romans 10:9
- John 3:16
- 1 Peter 1:3
- John 11:25-26
- Luke 24:1-12
- Philippians 2:8-9
- Mark 8:31
- John 12:23-25
- Romans 6:8-11
- Matthew 27:33-37
- Mark 15:29-32
- Luke 23:26-31
- John 19:5-6
- Luke 23:44-47
- John 19:29-30
- Mark 15:46-47
- Matthew 27:65-66
- 1 Corinthians 15:21
- John 11:25-26
- Matthew 27:11-66
- 1 John 5:1
- 1 Corinthians 15:20-21
Ways to Use These
There are endless ways to use these Easter advent calendar ideas. My personal favorite is using the countdown to Easter eggs as a fun way of incorporating activities and scripture into the Easter season.
You could also do a family memorization challenge, or just have the printable advent scripture cards on the table throughout the season.
I'd love to know what you are doing for your own Easter advent. Continue the conversation over on Instagram or shoot me a DM, I would love to hear from you!