Well, our Resurrection Day crafts have been a little different than I planned. My son has had a very high fever for the last 3 days. And my sister-in-law with her 3 kids are in town from Mexico. But we’ve still managed to squeeze some meaningful (and might I add fun?!) activities about Jesus’ resurrection!
The Lamb of God
We pulled out all the stops and made some recycled lamb crafts. I grabbed an old egg carton, cut out one little section and let Asa glue white puff balls on it. He LOVES puff balls.
We made Lydia’s a little more advanced. We tore pieces of coffee filters up and rolled them into balls. Then we added a puff ball head and four little pipe cleaner legs.
This activity actually led to a pretty good discussion about the “spotless” and “perfect” lamb of God. Especially considering Lydia got in so much trouble before we started that she had to stay in her room while Asa and I did his lamb. When you’re talking about how Jesus never disobeyed his mother right after being disciplined, it kinda hits home. I could see her little mind working.
I wanted to save these for Good Friday but Lydia’s cousins came over one night for dinner and this was the perfect all group activity. You can read step by step instructions from a previous tutorial Lydia and I did. But if you don’t know what it is, it’s basically a fun snack craft—Jesus (the marshmall0w) is rolled in fragrant oils (melted butter) and spices (sugar and cinnamon) then placed in the tomb (canned crescent roll). After being baked, you open up your tomb and SURPRISE Jesus is gone!
Just look at their faces when they discovered that their tomb was empty…
And when they explained it to their parents, they were so excited and amazed! Not to mention, a cinnamony-sugary-buttery marshmallow wrapped in a crescent roll tastes pretty darn good.
The Parable of the Lily
Today I read Lydia the The Parable of the Lilyby Liz Curtis Higgs. It’s the story of a little girl who gets a bulb as a gift. She is NOT excited and forgets about it. At the beginning of spring she finds it on the ground and throws it out into the yard. On Easter morning she is surprised to see a beautiful lily where the bulb had once been! It’s a beautiful and sweet story by itself.
But what makes it better is when you go back and read the scriptures underneath each picture. We read it straight through once, then read it again with the scriptures. Actually, we just kind of retold the story and used Jesus’ name in place of the bulb/lily. It is really a profound story–when Jesus came to earth he was despised and rejected. He had to fall to the ground and die in order to come back to life and bring new life to us. It’s a beautiful picture.
Lydia was quite serious while we read it and actually answered my questions pretty well. Then, we made a craft that two of YOU suggested to me: Handprint Lilies! And they turned out SO CUTE.
How To Talk To Your Child About Jesus’ Death
Today I read Lydia several of my favorite versions of Jesus’ death and resurrection. With each one Lydia was so serious, she asked questions, answered them and one time even said, “Oh, I get it!” And I know she doesn’t. Not exactly. But guess what? I don’t either. I can’t comprehend that GOD, the creator of the universe would send part of himself, his own Son to earth. And that that Son, Jesus would live a perfect life and CHOOSE to die on a cross in my stead. It’s beyond comprehension.
art by Dennis Jones. as seen in the See With Me Bible.
So, I don’t feel too pushed to make her understand what the resurrection means. I don’t feel pushed to make her see the pain and suffering that Jesus went through. She doesn’t know what a whip full of bone and glass can do to your back. She’s only scraped her knee and had a papercut. Her world is too small to understand the magnitude of Jesus’ gift.
BUT. BUT. BUT. Her heart is still open enough. It’s tender enough. She is a soft fertile ground that God’s Word can grow. She can understand love. She understands her disobedience. She understands that this Good Friday and the coming Easter Sunday is a day that reminds us of something special Jesus did for her.
Don’t shy away from telling your kids the whole story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. They won’t understand it all. That’s ok. But they will know and understand it on their level. And that’s all it takes. Faith like a child.
He is risen!
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