The miracle of Easter can be difficult for young children to understand. Last year I came across a wonderful children’s Lent activity which helps kids better understand the events of Holy Week. It’s called a Resurrection Garden.
To create our Resurrection Garden I filled a shallow 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. You could easily use a small paper cup for the tomb.
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.
On Good Friday, we 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.
What a wonderful chance to talk about why Jesus chose to die on the cross and what it means for us!
On Saturday I would like the garden to reflect the somber mood. 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.
If you are looking for a way to make the events leading up to Easter more tangible for your children, create your very own Resurrection Garden together this year.
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