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!

 

 

Sight Word Pop!

 

 

I’ve been anxiously waiting for some of that big bubble wrap that Amazon sometimes uses as filler in its packages…  I just couldn’t wait to try this fun sight word activity I first saw over at Mamas Like Me!

This week we got to try it out for ourselves, and it was a total blast! fun sight word game via There's Just One Mommy

 

To prepare for the sight word game, I used a permanent marker and wrote one sight word per bubble.  I also carefully separated the bubbles so they were no longer connected to each other.

At this point the kindergartner could not wait.  She just knew she was going to get to pop those bubbles!

She had tons of fun finding the word I asked her to find and then squishing the bubbles in her hands until they popped.  I thought she’d try stomping on them, but she really preferred using her hands. kindergarten sight word game

 

I have to warn you, this activity goes fast!  (It was impossible to get a good picture!)

 

You can bet we will be doing this one again, as soon as we get more of those large bubbles!

 

Looking for more sight word fun?

Check out our Cat in the Hat Sight Word Game and our Sight Word Blast Off!

 

Sight Word Game: Blast Off!

 

 

Yesterday I shared with you some fun “R” Is for Rocket activities.

Today I’ve got one more rocket activity we did.  You can do it either as a letter recognition activity or sight word activity.

 

Sight Word Blast Off!  via There's Just One Mommy

 

 

Letter Recognition Activity

For the preschooler I used a marker and wrote out various lower-case letters all over his piece of construction paper.  I decorated the paper with some planets and stars and made a simple paper rocket to go with it.   preschool letter recognition activity

 

He had fun flying his rocket around and landing on the letters I asked him to find.  (You could use capital letters or numbers as well!)

 

Sight Word Activity

This is another activity that is easy to alter depending on the level of your child.  For the kindergartner I chose a bunch of her sight words and wrote them on the paper.

Again, I decorated it in a space motif and made a paper rocket for her to fly. sight word game with rocket

 

The first time we played I let her land on whichever word she wanted to, as long as she read the word first.  Then we tried a version where I told her which word to land on and she had to find it.

 

I can see this being done with addition/subtraction or multiplication/division facts as well!

 

Have you done any fun rocket activities with the kids?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

 

Kid’s Rocket Activities

 

 

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1–  Blast off!

Are you ready for some fun Rocket Activities to celebrate the letter “R”?

Preschool Activities with Rockets via There's Just One Mommy

 

We had a blast with our rocket activities!

After a quick review of writing the capital and lower-case letters (the preschooler insisted he write in red because it started with “R” — love that!), we started with a little craft.

Cardboard Tube Rocket

I had several paper towel tubes in the recycling.  The preschooler had fun decorating the body of his rocket, while I cut a few triangles out of some spare cardboard pieces to use as wings and made a construction paper cone for the nose of our rocket.  These were taped on with clear packing tape so we didn’t have to wait for glue to dry.   preschooler rocket craft

 

Then it was time to go on a race, searching for the letter “R”!

While the preschooler wasn’t looking, I hid a bunch of lower and upper-case “R’s” around the living room and down the hallway.  I also put out a few letters that weren’t the letter “R,” and wrote a few of the letters backwards to REALLY see if he was paying attention!

After counting down from 10 (just like rockets should), he raced off, searching for all the letters!

preschool letter R activity

 

 

We counted the letters he came back with, making sure they were all the letter “R,” and then I told him how many more he needed to find.

He loves hunting letters!

 

After that we moved on to working with some words that start with the letter “R.”

Rocket Word Puzzles

The night before I had made 5 rockets from construction paper.

I wrote one “R” word on each rocket, and then I cut the letters apart to turn them into puzzles.

The preschooler had fun putting the rockets back together and then trying to sound out the words.   paper rocket word puzzles

 

We put our rocket pieces in a zip-lock bag for future use.  He has already pulled them out and worked on them several times, all on his own.  That’s when you know it’s a win!  (You can find a similar activity over at The Imagination Tree.)

 

Finally, it was time for the activity I knew would be a blast for both the preschooler and the kindergartner.

 

Straw Rockets

After seeing numerous straw rocket variations online, we just had to try our own!

I found some simple rockets to color online and printed out 2 for each straw rocket we planned to make.   (I had to shrink the pictures down to be about 2 inches in length.)

Once the kids finished coloring both of the rockets, we used a glue stick to add a toothpick and tissue paper “flames” to one rocket.   (Keep about half the toothpick hanging off.) straw rocket

 

Then we added a bit more glue and stuck the second rocket on top.

After a few minutes of drying, it was time to launch!

straw rocket races

 

To launch the rocket, we stuck the toothpick end into a drinking straw and blew!  (A bendy straw is great for this!)

I taped a tape measure to the table and the kids had fun reading how far their rockets went.  (Good practice for both of them in reading numbers!)

This activity kept them busy for well over half an hour.

 

We had one more rocket activity…which I will be sharing tomorrow!

 

 

 

Meanwhile, here are a few of our other alphabet vehicle activities:

“D” Is for Dump Truck and Digger

“F” Is for Firetruck

“H” Is for Helicopter