Don't! Easter is NOT over! Now we celebrate our Risen Lord! Try some of these craft projects with your kiddos.
- Roll Back the Tomb's Stone Necklaces Craft: Send the kids outside to find rocks that resemble the one that Jesus rolled off of his tomb. They should be approximately 1 inch in diameter. Cut 6 inches of cloth covered floral wire ($1.50 for 15 yards at Michael's). Wrap it around the rock and secure it on the back with a dab of hot glue. Have the kids twist the wire around some ribbon, hemp cord, or lanyard to make a necklace.
symbols: rock for the tomb's stone
white floral wire to signify the white linen burial cloths that Jesus left behind
- Surprise Messages: Have the kids squeeze some lemons for the juice. Using an old, but clean paintbrush, have the children write messages of hope (e.g. Jesus is Risen! He is Alive!) using the lemon juice. WITH AN ADULT, use an iron to uncover the surprise messages. (You can use vinegar or milk if you don't have lemons.)
- Doubting Thomas Handprints of Love Craft: Let the kids mix up a load of salt dough. Have them shape it into a heart as broad as their hand. Then, have them press their handprint deep into the heart. Let dry overnight. The next day, have the kids paint a red mark in the middle of the handprint to signify where Jesus's hand was pierced by the nail on the cross.
symbols: heart for Jesus's love for us, red for Jesus's blood, handprint for how Jesus has
touched our lives.
- Receive the Holy Spirit Windchimes Craft: Gather up all the larger broken bits of clay pottery, plates, etc that you have. Using fishing wire (filament wire) or floral wire, have the kids string up the pieces. Then suspend them from an old plate or tray that is inverted. The kids can hang the windchime in the yard to remind them of when Jesus had the disciples receive the Holy Spirit.
symbols: windchimes catch even a breath of wind and Jesus gave the disciples the
Holy Spirit by his breath
We are Easter people! Alleluia!