'It's when the bunny rabbit comes out at night': Kids say the darndest things about Easter

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
"It's when the bunny rabbit comes out at night". (Freestocks/Unsplash)
"It's when the bunny rabbit comes out at night". (Freestocks/Unsplash)

The school that I teach at is non-religious and we have children from all cultures, but we still discuss topical public and religious holidays

This week I decided to ask each child individually as sometimes you get copy cats who will just answer the same as someone else.

My question was: What is Easter? And why do we celebrate it?

Here are some of their hilarious responses: 

Naomi, 5: "It is when the bunny rabbit comes out at night and hides the chocolate eggs."

Kevin, 4: "Because Jesus died yesterday."

Audrey, 5: "Jesus died on the cross, so we celebrate his birthday."

Also see: Printable: Easter Cards

Clive, 4: "It is when the Easter bunny comes to your house, makes a mess on the floor with his fur and drops eggs for you to eat."
Me:  "What kind of eggs?"
Clive: "Delicious chocolate ones."

Naomi: (again!) "Can I tell you a joke teacher?"
Me: "Yes, what is it?"
Naomi: "Hot cross bum, do you get it?"

Jeremy, 5: "Easter is when Jesus died on the cross, so when you eat hot cross buns you will see the spot where he died on, in the middle."

Elliot, 5: "I don’t believe in the Easter bunny."
Me: "Why not?"
Elliot: "I know it’s your mom, but can I still have a chocolate egg?"

WATCH | How to make bunny bait chocolate mousse for Easter

Our belief system, their belief system

No matter what your choice of belief system is, whether you are religious or not, your children will be exposed to other systems of belief at some point or another, which may be quite confusing for a 5-year-old.

It is important to help them understand that while your family has their own belief system, other families may believe differently, and to respect the fact that we all have the right to choose. 

This is how we encourage a society of tolerance.

Disclaimer: The views of columnists published on Parent24 are their own and therefore do not necessarily represent the views of Parent24.

What does your child think Easter is all about? 


Share your stories and questions with us via email at chatback@parent24.com. Anonymous contributions are welcome.

Don't miss a story!

For a weekly wrap of our latest parenting news and advice sign up to our free Friday Parent24 newsletter.

Follow us, and chat, on Facebook and Twitter.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24