Good Friday is a significant day for Christians around the world as it commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Every year, it falls on the Friday before Easter Sunday and marks the end of Lent. It’s a day of reflection and also an opportunity for foster families to come together and celebrate.
Here are 5 Good Friday themed activities foster families can do together:
🐣 Create Easter Crafts
Good Friday is a great time to create Easter-themed crafts with foster children. Some craft ideas include making Easter baskets, painting eggs, and creating Easter cards for loved ones.
🧑🏼🍳 Have a Hot Cross Bun Bake-Off
Hot cross buns are a traditional food eaten on Good Friday. Foster families can have fun baking and decorating their own hot cross buns in a friendly competition. This activity can also be an opportunity to teach children about the history and significance of this tasty treat.
🎭 Watch a Passion Play
Many communities host passion plays, which re-enact the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Watching a passion play with foster children can help them understand the events of Good Friday in a more visual and tangible way.
🌿 Create a Cross Garden
Creating a cross garden is a creative and meaningful way to observe Good Friday. Foster families can gather materials such as stones, flowers, and twigs to create a cross-shaped garden in their backyard or a nearby park. This activity can be an opportunity for children to reflect on the events of Good Friday and the symbolism of the cross.
⛪️ Attend a Good Friday Service
Many churches hold services on Good Friday that focus on the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Attending a service with foster children can help them understand the significance of the day and provide an opportunity for reflection and prayer.
Typical Foods Eaten on Good Friday 🐟 🍞 🫓
Hot cross buns are the most popular food eaten on Good Friday. These spiced buns have a cross on top that represents the crucifixion of Jesus. Other traditional foods eaten on Good Friday include fish, which represents Jesus’ status as a “fisher of men,” and unleavened bread, which represents the haste with which the Israelites left Egypt during the Exodus.
Here are 5 Movies to Watch About Good Friday that are Suitable for Children 🍿🍿🍿
🎬 The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Although this movie may not be suitable for very young children, older children can benefit from watching this powerful depiction of the events leading up to and including Jesus’ crucifixion.
🎬 The Miracle Maker (2000)
This animated film tells the story of Jesus’ life and includes a significant focus on the events of Good Friday. It is suitable for children of all ages.
🎬 The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Although this movie is not specifically about Good Friday, it tells the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt, which is a significant event in Jewish and Christian history.
🎬 Ben-Hur (1959)
This classic movie tells the story of a Jewish prince who is betrayed by a Roman friend and sold into slavery. The story includes the crucifixion of Jesus and is suitable for older children.
🎬 The Robe (1953)
This movie tells the story of a Roman soldier who is responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion and who subsequently converts to Christianity. It is suitable for older children who are interested in learning more about the events of Good Friday.
Good Friday can be an opportunity for foster families to come together and celebrate the significance of this important day. By attending a service, creating Easter crafts, having a hot cross bun bake-off, watching a passion play, or creating a cross garden, foster families can help children understand the events of Good Friday in a meaningful way.
Additionally, by enjoying traditional Good Friday foods and watching movies that depict the events of Good Friday, foster children can gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the significance of this day in Christian history. With a variety of activities and options available, foster families can create a special and memorable Good Friday celebration that will be cherished for years to come.
🐣 We wish all of our foster families a pleasant Easter weekend! 🐣
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