We made an Easter craft that celebrates the true meaning of Easter- empty tombs! He is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!
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. 🙂
- 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.
Stir over medium heat.
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.
Stir it in.
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.
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. 😉
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.
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.
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!
Here are all the colorful empty tomb crafts that my preschoolers made.
They were so excited about these!
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!
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!!!
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! 🙂 )Pin It