In the curriculum for primary and lower secondary schools (even not much in primary and lower secondary school), holidays and seasons lead to many pedagogical interventions. In this article, you will find ideas and projects, including artistic, for your students. Projects and ideas to approach Easter with appeal and enthusiasm and, for Christians, with attention to symbolism and scriptures. The article ends with something UdA about Easter, about Easter symbolology and about rituals, developed for the entire primary school cycle.
The name of Easter
The name Easter has never been associated with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Holy Scriptures and is actually derived from the word “Eostre”. Eostre was queen Semiramis, wife of Nimrod, evil and effective great-granddaughter of Noah (Genesis 10: 6-8).
Nimrod had built major cities such as Assyria, Nineveh, and Calah (Genesis 10: 10-12), known for their wicked and unthinkable practices of worship and especially perversion. In this regard, a re-enactment must be made for Jonas. After Nimrod’s death, Queen Semiramis kept these evil practices alive by deifying Nimrod as the sun god. Later, Queen Semiramis gave birth to an illegitimate son, Tammuz. He convinced the people that this son was supernaturally conceived and the child promised by God in Genesis 3:15. People worshiped Tammuz as the reincarnation of Nimrod, but more importantly, people worshiped Queen Semiramis as the mother goddess. The heinous human sacrifice, idolatry, astrology, and satanic worship of these false religions — the sun (Nimrod) and the moon (Eostre) — continued until the time of the Tower of Babel. When women and men again settled in new lands, they brought with them their pagan cult. Queen Semiramis became known as Ostera (an Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolized the rebirth of the day and new life in the spring), Astarte (the Phoenician goddess of the moon), Eastre and Ashtaroth or Ashtoreth (Baal’s wife and queen of heaven). ). Nimrod’s other names were Baal, Baal, Moloch, the god of fire and the great giver of life. Every reading of the Old Testament allows us to see how strong and decisive the wrath of God was against this false worship, and Ezekiel 8:14 specifically mentions Tammuz in his condemnation.
The origin of Easter
The beginning of Easter, to be exact, goes back to the spring ritual that Queen Semiramis started after Tammuz’s death. The story goes that Tammuz, through his tears, reappears in the reincarnated form of a new vegetation on Earth. With the spread of Christianity, which took place centuries later, it was common practice to adapt existing non-Christian holidays and assimilate them to Christian theology. Since Queen Semiramis (Eostre) was the goddess of spring, and her symbolism concerned renewal and rebirth, the Christian faith, reminiscent of, after the tragic martyrdom, the resurrection of Christ fits well into these themes. Easter was originally dismissed as a pagan holiday, and the holiday was not widely observed.
Easter Eggs / Baskets
The Babylonians regarded the egg as a sacred symbol representing the fertility and new life of Ostra (the 28-day cycle of the moon and the monthly cycle of a woman). The Babylonians believed in a fable about a large egg that fell from the sky in the Euphrates River, from which Queen Semiramis was born. Egg death has been observed in evil rituals that celebrate the vernal equinox. The Egyptians hung decorated eggs in the temple and the Romans used decorated eggs in processions in honor of the mother goddess. The Druids used the egg as their sacred emblem. Gauls, Chinese and Persians also used colored eggs for their ancient pagan spring festivals to represent rebirth. In the Middle Ages, Europeans collected bird eggs of different colors from nests to use them as amulets against evil and bring them luck. Later, egg painting became more popular. Now the Easter basket is used to look like bird nests.
Easter bunnies, egg hunts, spring flowers and baby animals are all symbols of spring and Easter. There are a number of Easter-related art activities to do that your students will love. Fortunately, these projects are all easily related to most elementary school curricula. In this article, you will find a number of ideas that you can use and implement with your students.
For this project, students will look at different animals born in the spring (sheep, rabbits, chickens, birds, etc.). Talk first about these animals and why they are associated with spring. You can start by asking students what animals they are thinking of when spring comes. Then ask students to make a picture using the materials they have at their disposal (crayons, paints, paper collages, markers, etc.) to draw a scene that includes at least two different types of animals associated with spring and Easter. Depending on the student’s level and abilities, you could ask students to explain their picture to the class (or to a partner if time does not allow all students to share it) or write a description of their picture. They could, if they wanted to, come up with cozy stories with a happy ending (love, friendship, family and peace with the animals of spring as protagonists). Writing is not an activity for children only. The equipment, therefore, and also work for students on the higher bikes. Everything is possible and achievable.
Required materials: dyes, photocopy paper
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, jewels Peter Carl Fabergé built nearly 70 beautiful decorative eggs for the Russian royal family. Although some have been lost or destroyed over time, these eggs are one of the most famous works of art from this historical period in Russia. In this project, students will make their own Fabergé eggs on paper. Start by showing students more pictures of the eggs. Have multiple close-ups so students can see the smallest details. Then teach students the story of eggs. For older students, allow them to do independent research on a tablet or computer. Finally, students have to make their own egg on a piece of paper. Give all students a piece of heavy construction paper with the outline of an egg on the paper. Then allow students to create their own egg using a variety of materials. Think about including some things that students normally cannot use such as sequins, buttons, tissue paper, etc. When they are done, students share their eggs with the class. Ask older students to write a 3-5 sentence paragraph about how their eggs were inspired by Fabergé eggs.
Required materials: egg-shaped cardboard, art supplies, student research technology (optional)
Other Easter activities
Try some of these challenges by mentioning Easter eggs with the kids in your class:
- Draw some packaging for an Easter egg.
- Create an ad to promote an Easter egg. This could be for a poster / billboard, a digital display advertisement or a radio / TV / cinema advertisement.
- Write a recipe for a delicious Easter treat … or try following a recipe to make your own!
- Design an Easter basket that can carry your Easter treats!
- Make a cartoon or Easter-themed animation.
- Create an Easter hat to wear during your Easter celebrations.
- Build an Easter egg.
- Design an Easter card to send to a friend.
- Write your poem in the form of Easter.
- Find out how Easter is celebrated in different parts of the world. Could you create a newsletter or e-book to teach others what you discover?
- Design a game with an Easter theme.
- Design some symmetrical images of Easter eggs.
- Plan an Easter egg hunt that others can try. Can you put some tracks and store them in safe places around your class / school?
- Design a card / board game with an Easter theme.
What do the symbols of Easter mean?
All holidays have coordinating symbols to accompany them, and Easter is no exception! Although you may be familiar with most Easter symbols, you may not know why they matter. Here we divide some of the more common symbols:
Rabbits and hares are symbols of the ancient moons
Rabbits (actually hares) are a symbol of the ancient moons. The date of Easter depends on the lunar cycles of each year, which is why it is not a public holiday with a set date. The early Christians regarded the symbol of a hare coming out of his cave, just as Christ came out of the grave. Some see this as an example of Christians assigning Christian meaning to something that is seemingly irrelevant.
Eggs: life and life cycles
Eggs represent life and life cycles. Some people thought the world started with a big egg. Among these groups were Hindus, Egyptians and Phoenicians. The early Christians, however, decided that the eggs would be suitable as part of the celebration of the Day of Resurrection. Today we enjoy festivities like egg-death as part of the annual Easter activities. The tradition of hunting Easter eggs dates back to German children hiding nests to be filled with goodies at Easter. Filling the eggs with plastic was therefore not far from this practice!
Daffodils and the Purity of Christ
In addition to being a beautiful flower, the daffodil is said to have originated from the ancient Roman goddess Flora, who was believed to make all flowers bloom. Daffodils served as a reminder of the purity of Christ.
Lamb, purity and renewal
Lamb is probably the most innocent (significant, unbound) symbol of Easter. The lambs are born in the spring, so they are a perfect symbol of spring. Christians also preferred the lamb symbol, probably because the lamb is placed in a positive light in the Bible. Today, lamb represents purity and renewal.
UdA at Easter
To complete the article, some AU from the Comprehensive Institute of Frosinone led by Rector, Prof. Edina Furlan, a true volcano of ideas and planning. The UdA, conducted by the school’s excellent teachers, relates to the teaching of the Catholic religion for the entire primary school cycle.
Easter in the teaching of the Catholic religion – all primarily