Our first family event inviting participants to make an Easter garden was inspired by our success with Advent wreath making.  One parent observed that this one would be tidier - no cleanup of pine needles on the floor - but we forgot that it involved lots of dirt. After hearing a story, children and their parents enjoyed creating a take-home garden in a large planter with a smaller one representing the tomb, grass seed to water, stones, and a few desert plants - with the promise of an additional plant in bloom on Easter day.  After a light supper, they also added painted figures to the scene.  These hands-on activities are a great way to learn and reflect on the Easter story.