Happy Easter!

 

 

I’ve been enjoying the past couple days with my sister’s family — visiting all the way from Iowa!

We had a bridal shower for my niece on Saturday, and then I’m cooking Easter dinner for everyone, including my parents and my brother and his daughter.  It will be so fun to have everyone together for the holiday!

I hope you and yours all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back on Monday to share our latest in the vehicle alphabet series:  ”S” Is for Submarine!

 

Simple Resurrection Garden

 

 

Last year I came across a wonderful way to help children better understand the events leading up to Easter.  It’s called a Resurrection Garden.

At 6 and 4 (almost 5 — yikes!), I thought my little ones were old enough to make our own Resurrection Garden this year.

Simple Resurrection Garden to teach about Easter

 

We actually built our little garden Wednesday night.

I filled a small Tupperware dish with some dirt from an old flower pot.  Then I added a miniature flower pot to the container to be used as the tomb later.

I asked the kids to decorate the garden with small plants and rocks from the flower bed.  This is going to represent the garden that Jesus went to to pray before his death.

Easter garden

 

On Good Friday, we will added a small cross to our garden and put a rock in front of our “tomb.”  My daughter decided to add a small person figure in the tomb as well.  creating a resurrection garden

What a wonderful chance to talk about why Jesus chose to die on the cross and what it means for us! (If you want to see an excellent version, check out Play Eat Grow’s Resurrection Garden!)

On Saturday I would like the garden to reflect the mood at the time.  My daughter actually suggested covering it with a black cloth, much like they covered the parents’ painting in the movie Frozen after they died.  I love that idea!

On Sunday I plan on removing the cloth and taking away the rock from the front of the tomb.  I’m going to add lots of real and artificial flowers to the scene to reflect the joy of the day and to show new life.

 

Come back to see the pictures as the Holy week progresses!

 

 

Easy Easter Sun Catcher

 

 

Every time someone in our family gets a present that is in a gift bag, I keep the tissue paper.  The variety of colors is great when it comes to crafting, and tissue paper is essential when it comes to quick and easy sun catchers!

This week the kindergartner got some of the tissue paper out to make these cute Easter sun catchers!

Easy Easter sun catcher craft

 

To start the craft I cut out 2 identical eggs from construction paper and then cut out the centers to make an egg-shaped “frame” for the sun catcher.

Then I placed the paper egg onto clear contact paper.  (If you don’t have contact paper, clear packing tape will work in a pinch!)

The preschooler cut pieces of colored tissue paper out and stuck them onto the contact paper.  Once she finished, we used a glue stick to put the identical paper egg on top.

Then they were ready to hang up!

Easter Sun Catcher craft

 

 

Happy crafting!

 

(Need more Easter craft ideas?  Check out these 25 fun Easter craft for kids!)

 

Preschooler Easter Craft: Tissue Paper Collage

 

 

We’ve been blessed with several days of beautiful spring weather, but spring wouldn’t be spring without a few showers. The rain today made it perfect for this quick to set up tissue paper craft!

tissue paper collage Easter craft via There's Just One Mommy

 

(I have to give credit to the 4 year-old for this one.  It seems they did something similar in church preschool, only he ran out of time and didn’t get to start his.)

We started off with a variety of colored tissue paper, cut up in squares.  (He informed me that they were cut in circles at school, but squares are much easier to cut!)

I chose to put my colored tissue paper onto the paper first, and then add the black paper cross.

The preschooler started off with his cross on the paper, and then he applied his glue stick very liberally, all over his paper, and sprinkled his tissue paper pieces onto the glue because he doesn’t like to touch the sticky tissue paper pieces.

tissue paper Easter craft

 

 

This simple craft is a wonderful way to start a discussion about the reason behind Easter.

 

Looking for other great Easter craft ideas?

Check out these 25 Kids Easter Crafts or visit my Easter Pinterest board!