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the easter story + a dayspring giveaway

DaySpring sent the boys some fun things to add to our Easter box. I am slowly collecting books and other things to use as I teach the boys about Easter and why we celebrate…not because of the yummy candy but because of the new life we can have in Jesus because He is risen!! I love celebrating Easter.

The Easter Wooden Pop-Out Puzzle was Levi’s favorite.

Alleluia! - Easter Wooden Pop-Out Puzzle

It actually comes in a puzzle format like this. You take all the pieces out and put the characters on their stands. Then you flip the board over to set up your scene. Levi is able to set it up and put it away all by himself.

It is fun to hear him acting out the Easter story with the characters. It is amazing to me how much they take in and so funny to hear their own interpretation of what you teach them.

I was trying to take a picture of the puzzle and someone photo bombed. Apparently he was making a very important call. πŸ™‚

I wish there were a few more characters. It really stresses Levi out that there are no soldiers to guard the tomb, but we just add those in. Otherwise this is a really great puzzle! The story that comes with the puzzle is from Matthew 28:

Jesus died on the cross for us.

He was buried in a tomb behind a big rock.

On Easter morning, Jesus’ friends went to the tomb.

An angel came from heaven and rolled away the big rock.

The tomb was empty-Jesus was not there!

The angel told his friends, and His friends told everyone that

Jesus is alive, just as He had promised.

Alleluia!

I long for this story to become more than just a story to him, but an understanding that Jesus loves him so much that He died for him and that we have hope because He didn’t stay in that tomb but defeated death and rose again. Alleluia! I pray that as He begins to understand God’s great rescue plan that He would choose to follow Jesus with all of his heart for all of his days. And of course I long for Griffin to choose Jesus too!

DaySpring also sent us The Story of Easter Magnet Book.

The Story of Easter - 15 Piece Easter Magnet Book

This book comes with a plastic pouch that both the book and magnet pieces fit into and snap shut. You just open the book and use it as your magnet board. It might be fun to use the characters on the fridge too. The characters are exactly the same as the Wooden Pop Out Puzzle. Levi tends to gravitate towards the puzzle but this magnet board has been fun to play with too.

The sweet DaySpring rep also threw in these Really Woolly Sheep for the boys. Aren’t they adorable? Her name is Cora. The tag says Cora loves to dance in the rain! Even when the rain comes down…the Shepherd is making blessings bloom just for you.

We can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Romans 8:28

I love that! I like to imagine that my Cora would have loved dancing in the rain and that she would have looked adorable in yellow polka dotted rain boots. Oh, and there are two other sheep options…their names are Flora and Nora. πŸ™‚

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter - 12 Day Holiday Countdown

And don’t forget about the 12 Day Holiday Countdown. Do you remember when I told you about how we used it for Thanksgiving and my kids loved it? We didn’t end up using the Christmas countdown because we used our felt storyboard instead, but they have a countdown for Easter too so we are going to try it out this year!My kids love opening a box each day and the verses and questions that go along with each picture are perfect for toddlers.

Would you like to win something from DaySpring? I thought you would. πŸ™‚

DaySpring is offering one of my readers a

$50.00 gift certificate to use in their online store!

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Giveaway Details:

$50 to DaySpring

ONE winner chosen at random

One entry per person

Giveaway ends Monday, March 18th at 9pm (CST)

To enter, visit DaySpring…then come back to this post and leave a comment telling me what you would buy with your gift certificate.

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Make sure you check out DaySpring’s Easter Gifts for Kids . They have lots of fun things to help teach your kids the Easter story or to fill up Easter baskets with! DaySpring is also offering my readers 25% off the entire Easter Gifts for Kids section. Use coupon code Easter25 through March 31, 2013. That makes for some really great deals.

Easter Wooden Pop-Out Puzzle 16.99 12.75

The Story of Easter Magnet Book 13.99 10.50

12 Day Holiday Countdown 12.49 9.37

Really Woolly Plush Sheep 9.99 7.50

Here are a few other discount options…

Get free shipping on purchases over $30 with code shipping30

Get $20 off $70 order with code 20off70

Have a great weekend!

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  • Joelle - I love the “faith” wooden caddy & the do not conform flower plaqueReplyCancel

  • Jessica - I like: “Urban Soul Where You Go, I Will Go – Wall Art, Set of 2”ReplyCancel

  • Natasha J - I love the pop out wooden Easter puzzle and the Jesus Loves Me musical lamb!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Stacey - I love the wooden pop up puzzle and the magnet book too. I would love to bring them into our Easter traditions over the years to come. By the way, I love your blog and what your doing through it. Your family is precious! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jane - What a lovely way to learn about Easter! I would love to buy a magnet book for my nieces and godson. (am hoping they ship to australia?!)ReplyCancel

  • Angela N. - I would pick up some new easter items like the pop out puzzle and some books!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - I would get the Lisa Leonard Be Still and Know Necklace. Thanks for the reminder about the Easter countdown! Sad to say but I think I would’ve forgotten to get it out without seeing it in this post.ReplyCancel

  • Charley - Great pictures! I would love to get the pop-out puzzle for my preK class, they would enjoy all the pieces with the story, I also love the Lisa Leonard (one of my favorite designers) Wonderfully Made necklace for my daughter’s upcoming birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Tami - I would love to use the 12 day holiday countdown with the girls!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni - I would get the Easter Wooden pop out puzzle for sure (oh and I still want those Christmas ornaments, adorable)! I love the idea of the pop out puzzle for Easter, reminds me of Christmas and we need more things that remind of of Jesus on EasterReplyCancel

  • Amanda D. - I would get the Jesus Calling devotional for kids. thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Jerri - My little girl loves puzzles and that would be a great fun way to learn the Easter story!ReplyCancel

  • Jerri - My little girl loves puzzles and that would be a great fun way to learn the Easter story! I love all dayspring items!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - I love that pop-up puzzle! My puzzle-loving girls would absolutely adore playing with it. Those sheep are so absolutely cute!ReplyCancel

  • Gillian - I love the holiday countdown! Dayspring has so much cute stuff it’ll be hard to pick though!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - I think the pop-up puzzle is great! I’m always on the lookout for fun, interactive ways to teach my little guys!ReplyCancel

  • Shari - I would for sure get the wooden pop out Easter puzzle for my niece and nephew, and other Easter type books for them.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - My kids are both big puzzle-lovers, so I would definitely get the wooden Easter pop-out puzzle.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley P - I love the holiday countdown, been wanting one for our house for a bit. And the recordable storybooks are so cute, my son loves the ones my mom got him.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Wadley - I would use the certificate to stock up on children’s books!ReplyCancel

  • Susannah - I love some of the wall plaques they have! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Melynda Hoffman - I would pick something for my mom from the mother’s day section!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - I would buy the Easter pop out puzzle and 12 day holiday countdown. I have been looking for ways to help my kids understand the true Easter story and these are perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey B. - Love all of their Easter stuff! I would love to buy more of the holiday countdowns for some of our friends and family. We have one and both of my kids enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Sjaarda - I would get the urban soul “This is the day the Lord has made” and the Easter magnet set for my daughter. I love Dayspring!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - I would want to get one of each of those things for my nieces!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - I love everything Dayspring! I would love to get the Holiday Countdown calendar and the pop up puzzle for my son. I would also love some new note cards from the Redeemed collection. And I know it’s a crazy time to think of this, but there’s still a few Christmas items I’ve got my eye on.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - I love the Easter pop out puzzle- it will be just right for my little girl next Easter! The woolly sheep are pretty adorable too πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Shelley c - The JESUS CALLING kid’s devotional and a recordable storybook.ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth - I think I would purchase home decor because in 7 years of marriage that’s one thing I’ve bought least of and the house could really use it πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Davis - Love the pop up puzzle!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer F. - I have had my eye on the Redeemed bird feeder. I think my grandpa would love it for fathers day.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn F - I would get their easter storybooks for the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Kyle H - I would love to purchase the Easter pop-up puzzle and the magnet book to help my two young boys learn and understand the Easter story. With any remaining funds I would look at buying a wall hanging to help decorate a new shelf that I will be placing in our family room.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Ashe - I would buy the 12 day countdown caledar!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - I adore the puzzle and the holiday countdown! What fun Easter traditions for children!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I would love one of the gallery wrapped canvas prints. I have an open space on my wall just waiting for one!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Mc - they have tons I love πŸ˜‰ love that 12 day holiday countdown and really like the mr & mrs mugs too!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica M. - I love the blessings of god dough bowl!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Chiovari - I absolutely love the wooden puzzle! It’s so adorable and I love the Easter story it teaches as well! I would love to buy some puzzles for my son and for his cousins to celebrate the meaning of Easter. Also, I think the musical lamb with the Lord’s Prayer is a must buy as well! Thank you for hosting a fabulous giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I would get the Redeemed wall clock! I’ve been eyeing that one since Christmas. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Mary ZS - My selection would be the red canvas art “God is good, all the time”ReplyCancel

  • MurdocksMama - I would get the Blessings of God Doughbowl. {love}ReplyCancel

  • Marcela - This year, our family has started doing “Random acts of kindness” to teach my boys how to love others in our community. If I won the certificate, I would love, love, love to buy 4 puzzles. I would keep one for my boys and surprise 3 others with this special gift. Thanks so much for the fun giveaway!!! God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Brady - I LOVE the Seek Ye First Bird framed Canvas. Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Harrelson - I would love the Easter Pop Out Puzzle and magnet book for my girls!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - I would love to get one of those puzzles for my kids. I bought the holiday countdown at Thanksgiving and the kids really enjoyed that, too.ReplyCancel

  • Teri williams - Day spring has a bunch of really cute stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Schumacher - All of their stuff is awesome! I would get the magnetic Easter book….perfect thing to keep a busy toddler occupied during church!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - Love the Easter puzzle!ReplyCancel

  • Jennylee - I would get the 12 day countdown and the pop-out Easter puzzle!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I would find PLENTY of great things to fill their easter baskets and I think I’d get a few more of the 12 days countdown box to give as gifts!ReplyCancel

  • Mandi D - So much stuff I would love. I’m pretty sure I would buy the Found and Loved purse. And probably spend my own to buy a few things for my girls.ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - This is just what I needed! I have been searching for ways to make Easter & Christmas more intentional with my kiddos and these are perfect. Bookmarking it now & can’t wait to check out that site in the morning. Oh, and that photobomb is pretty cute.ReplyCancel

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