Faith Based Easter Craft For Kids- Make An Empty Tomb

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We made an Easter craft that celebrates the true meaning of Easter- empty tombs! He is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Empty tomb craft for Easter- fun and easy!

This is so easy to make, and mostly involves supplies you have around your house at Easter time anyway! To make this craft, you are going to make your own air dry clay, but it’s really not hard to do- trust me. :-)

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Easter Grass
  • White Glue
  • Green Paper
  • Small Paper Plates (or something else to mount them on, such as a piece of cardboard)
  • Wooden Skewers (or popsicle sticks to hot glue into crosses)
  • Ingredients For Air Dry Clay (baking soda, corn starch, water)

First, you want to go ahead and cook your air dry clay. We used a recipe that my mom has been making for me since I was a little girl. :-)

Recipe For Air Dry Crafting Clay:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 3/4 cups water

Start by mixing the baking soda and water in a pot. Then add the water.

how to make air dry clay from baking soda and corn starch at home

Stir over medium heat.

how to make air dry clay- baking soda and corn starch recipe

If you want it to be the color of rocks (and for this craft, you do) this is where you’ll want to add a squirt of black tempera paint.

how to make air dry clay at home

Stir it in.

diy air dry clay

You stir constantly while it’s over the heat. Stir and stir for several minutes until it’s the consistency of mashed potatoes, then remove from heat.

how to color diy air dry clay

Allow to cool before working with the clay. You can cover the pot with a wet rag to keep it from drying out while it cools. Kneed it together, and store in a ziplock bag. It can really be stored in a bag for weeks as long as it’s well sealed, so definitely make your clay the night before so it’s not too hot to work with. ;-)

homemade air dry clay to look like rocks

Now comes the fun part! Take a handful of the clay, and stick your egg in the middle of it, working the edges around the edge of the egg. Your egg will become the inside of the tomb.

egg tomb craft

preschool easter craft- empty tomb

Glue a piece of green paper on top of your base (in this case, an upside down paper plate). Place the “tomb” on top and flatten the bottom so it sits well. Then, glue the Easter grass around the bottom.

empty tomb easter craft for kids

If desired, you can cut wooden skewers and glue them (I used hot glue) into crosses. I also did this ahead of time since I work with preschoolers. This way, each child can add a cross to the top of their empty tomb. Just stick it right in the clay!

empty tomb craft for easter

Here are all the colorful empty tomb crafts that my preschoolers made.

easter tomb craft for kids

They were so excited about these!

easy easter tomb craft for kids- Jesus is risen!

I love using air dry clay in a classroom environment because it doesn’t need to be baked. Look at the awesome rock-like texture the clay gets as it dries!

air dry clay that looks like rock- tomb craft

Anabelle loved hers! I have plans to make these with the rest of my kids as soon as Lent is over. :-) I made these with my preschool class when we covered the letter “E”. E is for Easter!!!

he is risen craft for kids- easy and fun!

Check out all of my faith-based Easter crafts for kids here! (including empty tomb snacks, resurrection rolls, Easter story cookies, a printable resurrection set craft, diy resurrection eggs, diy cross pops, fun cross crafts, meaningful Easter dinner idea, and more! :-) )

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Cross Craft Using Leftover Easter Egg Dye- With Pictures!

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This is one of my favorite crafts we’ve ever done, and is sure to become an Easter tradition in our home! You can make these simple crosses using leftover Easter egg dye. It’s a craft celebrating the true meaning of Easter, and it’s so much fun!

craft easter crosses with leftover egg dye

Supplies Needed:

  • Plain White Paper Towels- no patterns!
  • Leftover Easter Egg Dye (or some food color and vinegar)
  • Scissors

Yep, that’s it. :-) If you don’t have leftover egg dye, just put a little food color, water, and a few tablespoons of vinegar in a cup. It’s not rocket science.

It always seems like such a waste to dump out the leftover Easter egg dye. Likewise, the more kids you have, the less and less eggs they each get to dye. I mean, how many boiled eggs can we be expected to eat for goodness sakes?! So what to do with them when you’re out of eggs and everyone is still in a crafty mood? This, of course! ;-)

First, you need to learn how to make make easy fold-and-snip-crosses out of paper towels. The kind of paper towel you get is important. You need plain white paper towels, and it’s better to get the kind that tear off into smaller rectangles rather than the giant squares. If all you can find are the square kind, you can cut them into rectangles before beginning.

how to make a cross from a paper towel

First, bring the bottom right corner up, line up the left edges, and fold.

fold and snip cross

Next, bring up the bottom left corner up, line up the diagonal line, and fold.

magic cross craft

Then, bring the whole bottom triangle up, and fold.

how to fold and cut a cross

Now take your entire paper towel and fold it in half vertically.

cut and fold a cross

All you have left to do it make one snip on the right edge…

cutting a cross

That’s it. Unfold and…

cutting a magic cross

Voila! You have a cross!

cross from paper towel- cross craft for kids

Now, here’s the fun part! Before you unfold your cross, dip the different corners into your egg dye to “tie dye” your crosses.

crafting with leftover easter egg dye

crafting with easter egg dye- make crosses

Once it’s been dipped, unfold to reveal a beautiful “tie dyed” cross!

This one unfolds to become…

tie dying crosses

This beautiful cross!!!

easy easter craft- true meaning of easter

The kids had a blast making these! My 7 and 5 year old were able to do this on their own, my 3 year old needed help folding and cutting before she started to dip. They had so much fun I was running out of space for the crosses to dry- lol!

craft tie dyed crosses from leftover easter egg dye

You can make more intricate patterns by folding them in half again before you start dipping. I loved some of the designs we were so easily able to create!

tie dyed cross craft

tie dye a cross for easter

Allow them to dry flat. Look at this lovely stack of ours once they are all dry!

tie dye with paper towels- leftover easter egg dye

Once they’re dry, you can hang  them in  your window with little pieces of clear tape. The sun shines through them like stained glass- they really are beautiful!

easter cross craft from leftover egg dye- tie dyed stained glass look

stained glass paper towel cross craft

 Don’t forget to check out my Easter resource page! It’s full of ideas for kids that celebrate the true meaning of Easter. :-)

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Rainbow Bible Craft- God Keeps His Promises

Still chugging along with our  Christian ABC crafts, and this week we were on the letter R. Guess what R is for? Rainbow!

rainbow dancer scripture craft- I set my bow in the clouds

This is basically a simple ribbon dancer craft with a cloud attached to the top with scripture on it. The scripture is about the rainbow. The Bible verse craft part at the top (the cloud) is available for all of you to print for free!

Supplies Needed For Each Ribbon Dancer:

  • Ribbon (about 3 feet each of each color)
  • Shower curtain ring
  • Clear tape
  • Printed Bible verse cloud (download available at bottom of post)
  • White glue
  • Cotton balls
  • Glitter (optional)

First, cut all of your ribbon into 3 foot long strips. You’ll need one piece of each color for each ribbon dancer.

rainbow ribbons

Next, tie loops in the top of all of the ribbon pieces. If the children you’re crafting with are older, they may be able to do this on their own. If they’re too little, you will want to tie the loops ahead of time.

rainbow ribbons together

You want the loops at the top to be big enough to thread the shower curtain loops through.

Print the clouds with the rainbow scripture onto white card stock and cut them out. For extra fun, glue cotton balls around the edge to make the cloud fluffy, and for extra extra fun, glitter the cotton balls! This kinda looks like rain. ;-) Make glittering the cotton balls easy by dipping a cotton ball in a paper plate of glue, and then a paper plate of glitter. Then flip over and glue around edge of cloud. We put a circle of glue around the preschooler’s clouds for them, but let them do all the dipping.

glittering cotton balls for rainbow craft

Here’s my completed cloud (I didn’t use glitter on mine). The scripture verse is Genesis 9:13 “I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”

rainbow bible craft- God keeps his promises

Set your clouds to the side to dry, and then have the kids string their ribbons onto the shower curtain rings. Here are ours all strung up!

ribbon dancer craft- how to make

This is a great time to let the kids go ahead and have a great time with these while their clouds are drying. My preschool class loved these!

preschoolers with ribbon dancers

While they danced, we sang “Rise and Shine“, which is a little Bible song about the Noah and the flood. “God told Noah, there’s gunna be a floody floody- get those children (clap!) out of the muddy, muddy, children of the Lord!” My preschoolers loved it. :-)

Look at my little Anabelle go! I absolutely loved watching her with this!

preschoolers love ribbon dancers- see how to make them here

how to make ribbon dancers for preschoolers

So cute! Have them try to wave it above their head and make a rainbow with it!

make a rainbow with ribbon dancers

Here are some more pictures of the ribbon dancer in action!

rainbow ribbon dancer- how to make one yourself

When the clouds are all dry, tape them onto the shower curtain rings on the top of the back in the middle of the ribbons like so. This way the loop hangs off the top.

how to make a ribbon dancer

Once the cloud is on, it can still be used as a ribbon dancer, but it is a little more fragile. Eventually, my kids played with it enough that the cloud came back off, but not before they all memorized the Bible verse. :-)

rainbow bible craft- ribbon dancer

rainbow ribbon dancer craft for kids

You can download your clouds with the rainbow scripture here. They print 2 to a page. I recommend printing them on card stock.

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Printable Trinity Shamrock Craft- Perfect Craft For St. Patrick’s Day!

We crafted shamrocks and added this printable to turn them into Trinity shamrocks. You just print 2 sided, fold, and open! Check it out. printable trinity craft for St. Patrick's day that folds open Each time that you fold the printable out, it reveals a new person of the Holy Trinity with a symbol, and it also reveals a prayer to them at the same time. Watch this shot play of the printable unfolding step by step. (Click picture to enlarge)

printable trinity booklet for kids- st

This printable Trinity fold-able can be used separately with no crafting involved! The end result is just a circle. Each one prints on just one piece of paper (front and back).

Of course… you guys know me. I really wanted it to be a craft. ;-) I made these with my preschool class for the letter “T” (for Trinity). I pre-cut shamrock shapes from white cardstock, and gave them yellow and blue paint that could mix to make green. If you do this, there must be just a few drops of blue paint for a puddle of yellow.

painting shamrocks with preschoolers- yellow and blue make green

For painting, we used a clothes pin holding a cotton ball. These were handier for very young children than foam brushes because there was no particular way they had to be turned to work.

paint shamrocks with preschoolers by mixing your own green paint

They are also wearing the world’s most amazing crafting aprons for children, available from ikea. Love these! (They don’t pay me or anything, but truly, I love these.)

So once they paint their shamrock, they can color and cut their little Trinity booklets, and glue stick them (folded up) to the middle of their shamrock. We also glue-sticked the shamrocks onto their choice of colored construction paper. Here they are the with printable Trinity booklets closed:

shamrock craft for preschool- teach the trinity

And here they are with their Trinity booklets open!

trinity shamrock craft for preschool

shamrock trinity craft- printable

I love how this reveals a part of the prayer each time a part is folded back, and that it folds out into the shamrock shape. Mixing the yellow and blue to make green was really fun for my preschoolers as well!

Print your free Trinity booklets by clicking here. Remember to print them front/back! Cut them very carefully- do not cut the circles apart. You will have one single piece when you are done cutting. Fold the Holy Spirit dove over to the middle, then the cross, then the crown. If gluing it down, put glue on the back circle where it says “1 who + 1 who + 1 who = 1 what”. Let the other circles flap free.

printable trinity craft for kids

We also sang “The Trinity Song”, Tune of “Are You Sleeping”

(Can be sung in a round)

God the Father, God the Father.

God the Son, God the Son.

God the Holy Spirit, God the Holy Spirit.

Three in one, three in one.

My kids also love to sing the “Father I Adore You” song in a round, which is also a song about the Trinity. We really enjoy rounds in general I guess!

Hope you guys enjoy this super easy Trinity shamrock craft! Great craft for celebrating a Catholic St. Patrick’s day. ;-)

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