Without Christ's death there is no life.
Without His life, there is no hope.
Gardens are good reminders. Death to life.
"When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here!" II Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
This craft includes both the cross and the empty tomb. It can be a good conversation starter for the family.
This craft is one I made as a child and wanted to share with your family now.
You will need:
· A plastic egg
· Cardboard, cardstock, or thick paper (recycled cereal boxes can work well for this)
· Acrylic paint (colors such as yellow, green, brown, gray, blue and possibly red)
· A paint brush
· Paper towel (for cleaning up messes)
· A hot glue gun and hot glue (craft glue would also work, but it will take more time)
· A Bible (to read some of the Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday events from)
· Optional: thin wood such as a Popsicle stick (to use to make a cross, but paper or card-stock will also work)
1. Open the plastic egg and trace the circle of each side onto paper, card-stock, or recycled cardboard.
2. The longer side of the plastic egg will be for the cross scene. Use acrylic paint to design it. You may choose to use paint the sky dark since we know that the sky became dark in the middle of the day when Jesus was hung on the cross.
3. Paint yellow in the back of the shorter side of the egg. Set aside the egg and allow it to dry.
4. On the paper where you traced the circles, design the cross slightly smaller than the circle (for example about 1/8 or ¼ in smaller. This will allow the cross to sit inside the egg, but not reach all the way in the back. If a Popsicle stick is used instead, an adult will need to cut the wood because it is thicker.
5. Paint the cross. Set aside.
6. On the other circle you traced, make a slightly smaller circle, this will be the tomb. An adult will need to cut out the circle, depending on the age of the child. Folding the paper a little n the middle allows you to snip a short part and then insert the scissor blades to complete the cutting project.
7. Paint the tomb. Set aside.
8. When all paint is dry, place glue on the ends of the cross and insert it into the plastic egg.
9. Place glue along the edge of the tomb and insert it into the other side of the egg.
10. Allow it to fully dry before closing.
Here are some key Bible passages to read. Although I am sharing each of these passages, I am not recommending that you do all of these at once! Perhaps choose a Gospel and focus on the events told from that writer’s perspective.
The goal here is to enjoy studying God’s Word as a family.
You can adjust the length according to the age and attention span of your child.
When I read Bible stories with children, I prefer that they act things out. Having your children pretend to walk with Jesus on the road to Emmaus could be a special part of the story to do in this way.
The Burial and Guard at the Tomb:
What do you love most about Easter? Why?
What in the Bible events is your favorite? Why?