Religious Easter Craft for Kids — Make a Resurrection Set! {It’s Printable!}

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I’ve been working on something that I’ve had in my head since last Easter, and I’m very excited to reveal it to you today- my new Printable Resurrection Set!

We all put nativity sets out at Christmas time, and I’m not sure why resurrection sets aren’t more popular. So I made a printable version that’s the counterpart to my printable nativity set.

What you need to make your own resurrection set:

  • 10 cardboard tissue tubes (or about 4 paper towel tubes, or like 1 wrapping paper tube)
  • 1 empty (square) tissue box
  • Glue or a stapler
  • Something to color them with (optional)
  • Resurrection Set Printables
  • Scissors

All you do is print the pages provided from this post, color them, cut them out, and glue them around toilet paper tubes.  The cutting is very easy… if you want it to be. For the most part, just cut around the outside lines. If you want something to stick out from the sides (like Jesus’ arms or the angels’ wings) you can cut them out around the edges and let them flap free from the sides of the tubes.

The tomb is cut out and glued to the top of a tissue box. This part could actually stand alone as an empty tomb craft for Easter. The rock and tomb print on the same page. I used a brad to attach our rock so that we can swing it open or closed. I found brads in the scrapbooking section of our craft store. Cut the hole out of the middle of the tomb and glue it over the open hole in your tissue box, and turn it on it’s side. This makes a tomb you can actually place Jesus in.

The cross definitely needs to be cut free, so on that one I provided dotted lines to cut on.

On the cross page, I also provide a Jesus that can go on the cross. The way you use this is to have your children tape Jesus onto the cross on Good Friday at noon. Then at 3, take Him down, place his body in the tomb, and close the stone. On Easter morning, replace Jesus’ body with the empty linen cloths.

The linen cloths can just be folded to stand up and placed inside the tissue box.

I wanted my Resurrection Set to hold up a little longer than our nativity set did, so I painted them with watercolor paints, laminated them from the top with contact paper, and then cut them out. I didn’t laminate them on the backs because they just glued around the cardboard tubes anyway. It would have been easier to attach them in the back with a stapler, but I couldn’t find mine, so I used glue and held them in place with clothes pins until they dried. Now, here are the printables so you can make your own resurrection set!

Free Printable Resurrection Set 

in Black and White

My printable resurrection set includes Risen Jesus, St. Mary Magdalen, Mary the mother of John, St. Peter, 2 Angels, a Tomb with a rock, Linen cloths, 2 Roman soldiers, a Cross, and Crucified Jesus.

 

Use this set to teach your kids about the Resurrection
You can use this set as an interactive way to teach your kids the story of the Resurrection! If you’d like to use this as a religious Montessori activity for kids, I made a printable resurrection story for kids that you can use. Read the story aloud to your kids while you act it out with the pieces. I have included all the pieces you need for this biblical story. When you’re done teaching with it, use it as a religious Easter mantle display! ;-)

You can also print this Resurrection set for free in Color!

 I painted this Resurrection sets with watercolors, and scanned them again so I could offer them to all of you already in color as well! (It’s pretty cute to have your kids color them, but sometimes it’s nice to have this option as well.)

 

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  1. Kristina says

    I love this. I will probably end up making it tonight. I have been looking to make something like this for th last couple of weeks. Thank you for making it so easy.

  2. Jennifer Gregory Miller says

    This is wonderful, as usual, Lacy! We have a set in Fontanini, but this would be wonderful for each boy to have his own. And for my next year's retreat I'm already bookmarking! Perfect!!!!!! Thank you!!!!

  3. Stacy @ Catholic Moms Helper says

    I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! You did such a fantastic job and I can't wait to make this with my kids!

  4. Katie says

    Lacy, you've wowed me again! Thank you so very much for ministering to all of us moms in such a great and meaningful way! We will DEFINITELY be making this.

  5. Lee says

    You amaze me. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing; I know what we are crafting during Holy Week! I can't wait to share this… I am such a Catholic Icing junkie.

  6. Debi says

    Thank you!! This is AWESOME!!! I admit sometimes your blog overwhelms me because I lack your organizational abilities, but your ideas are fabulous!!! You seriously should compile a book for Catholics!!

  7. Ashleigh says

    I can't draw for my life-you sharing your gift with me so that I can minister to my kids is only the start of the ripple effect. I am so glad to have found you because you make it easy and fun for me to share our faith with my kids and with others. I tell everyone about you!! Keep up your amazing ministry!!

  8. Alicia says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!! I am going to print this one off and get my boys to help me make it. They have been very interested in learning about the Ressurection this year!

  9. Monica @ Equipping Catholic Families says

    Wow, Lacy,
    This is a beautiful set. Thanks so much for sharing! I love the detail and the use of the rolls and the kleenex box. Great work!

  10. Anonymous says

    Is anyone having trouble printing this? I can pull it up but everytime I go to print I get an error?

    Thanks for any help!
    ~stacy

  11. The Cotter Family says

    LOVE IT! Thank you so much, I can't wait to do this with the kids during the Octave. (This will give me just enough time to save up some toilet paper rolls :). Blessings, Lisa

  12. Carpenters says

    These are wonderful! I agree with you that resurrection sets should be more popular. It's great to have something to kids (and adults) to see the story. Thank you so much for sharing.

  13. Joyfulmama says

    I LOVE this idea and mentioned it in an article on Holy Week celebrations on my blog. I linked back here, and also to your Last Supper craft. Would love it if you come say hello over at Joyful Mama's Place sometime!

  14. Xhonane Olivas says

    Beautiful!! Great tool for Easter Sunday Lacy!! I just post it about it in my blog!! Have a blessed Holy Week!

  15. PattyinCT says

    Ahh! Lacy!!! You have got to make the coolest stuff ever!!! Thank you so much for posting all of your time, talent, and treasure. We Catholic families are benefiting from your stewardship!
    God Bless and may you have a wonderful Holy Week!!!

  16. Mento says

    GRACIAS POR COMPARTIR.LOS NIÑOS DISFRUTAN MUCHO AL VER QUE HACEN COSAS COMO OTROS QUE COMPARTEN NUESTRA MISMA FE A MUCHOS KILOMETROS.ES UNA FORMA DE HERMANAR NUESTRAS FAMILIAS.

  17. Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans says

    I love this! I'm planning on doing the prep work and having the kids in our nursery rooms do this on Sunday. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us! :)

  18. KathiBee says

    I just completed this craft with our 8 & 5 year old — the 8-year-old was wanting to conduct one of the occasional "sacrifice classes" he conducts for the family & this was the perfect craft. Thank you also for the idea about clear contact paper. The set-up looks terrific. Especially in the watercolors.

  19. Karen says

    Thank you for this wonderful craft! I laminated the set for longevity and found that the plastic is sturdy enough to stand on its own without a paper roll – they also look lovely when the light shines through them.

  20. Lora says

    This is remarkable. What an adorable little project. I will be doing this tomorrow with my kindergardener. How sweet. It is so nice of you to make and offer this to all of us for free. What a blessing!

    Have a blessed Easter week!
    Lora

  21. M. T. says

    Thank you, thank you for sharing your talents and ideas with all of us, who just mooch off your awesomeness. :) Happy Triduum!

  22. Joanne says

    Once again, you've created a wonderful and beautiful tool. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. God has given you a great gift and I think that we are all blessed that you share so as to build up His Church.

  23. Anonymous says

    It's a rainy day here in NY, so we are coloring our eggs and these pages! Thank you so much, my 8, 5, and 2 year old are so excited for this!

  24. Anonymous says

    This is exactly what I was hoping to find to retell the Easter story and have it on display in the homes of the families of the children in our Faith Formation program.
    It is awesome and reinforces what we teach about Easter.
    Happy Easter season!
    Alleluia!!!

  25. Anonymous says

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful, God-given talents with the rest of us.
    God Bless.
    This is such a cool activity and a welcome addition to any Catholic (or Christian) home.

  26. happymomonline says

    Thank you!!! We prepared a set of "characters" as part of our Good Friday activities. We made a tomb last year out of chicken wire and paper mache (wow, was that an undertaking!) and this was the perfect project to compliment that. It would be great if you could add more people for next year. The kids like acting out the whole story. You could go nuts – Mary the Mother of God, Pilate, Caiaphas and the missing apostles would be excellent. Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

    We also made the resurrection rolls and had the napkin holders at breakfast – you really were the icing on our Catholic cake! :-)

  27. zisun06 says

    this is just the perfect activity for my third grade kids :)
    im plaaning to make a 3D poster with the cut outs during our class!

    Thank you!!

  28. Marianne says

    OH my GOSH!! This toilet paper roll resurrection scene is sooo cute! I’ll definitely be making this for easter. Thought I’d even make Jesus using the bigger type of paper roll (the kitchen one) and perhaps put a few led lights behind the tomb opening to boost the effect of it all.
    Thank you so much for your heavenly ideas. I’ll most definitely be catholicicing very soon.

  29. Janine says

    Lacy, just wanted to say “well done”!! My five year old son has to complete an Easter Craft project and present it to the class. I googled “Easter craft for kids” and let him look through all the images that came up to pick his project……. I was knocked for a six, when he chose your Resurrection Scene, based upon the image of Jesus on the Cross!! It is a beautiful project for him to complete and I have printed the story for his teacher to read to the children as well. I am really proud of him for choosing something with the true Easter meaning! It is 1.30pm on a Saturday and he is in the kitchen colouring in his “people” – thank you Lacy, I will be passing your website details onto his teacher.

    Janine

  30. Flora Eman says

    Hi, I tried to download the colored templates, but when I click the subscribe button, it directed to page error. Could you please help me. Thanks a lot, I can’t wait to print this out for my students.

  31. Ellen Bitler says

    Found you via pintrest and just love this project! Thank you so much for sharing your time and your talent!!

  32. Veronique says

    Thank you so much for sharing! Just finished preparing them and looking forward to do the display in class.

  33. says

    Yes thank you! Had the best time talking about the empty tomb with 4 year-olds this morning as we colored and assembled # 8 here in Florida.

  34. Wendy says

    Dear Lacy: Thanks soooo much for the Resurrection Set! I love it…especially the painted one…the colours are soft and gentle. What a good idea! why not have a Resurrection Set just as we have nativity Sets. I am an Anglican priest and plan to use this on Easter Morning to tell the children the story. Then they can make their own! Thanks for this and for all your wonderful creative, easy and fun ideas! it makes me smile!

  35. Wendy says

    Thank you so much for this … the exact thing I was looking for!!! My Yr 3/4 catechist class will love it when I produce this coloured set and tell them the story with it : ) You’re a very talented artist!

  36. Rache'l says

    Lacy, this is marvelous as always!! Thank you so much for this wonderful Resurrection Set. I especially appreciate the color version. Since my kids don’t love coloring, like I thought all kids did, that is frequently where our crafts get stalled. I recommend your crafts to EVERYONE, Catholic or not.

  37. Mel B says

    Thankful that God has led me to such an awesome idea! It is hard to find a good Easter activity to do with my AWANA group that is based on the real reason for the season and not the bunny stuff! Thanks sister in Christ!

  38. Robyn Goudge says

    Dear Lacy,
    Thanks so much for this resource. I am a Methodist minister in New Zealand, and plan to use this to speak with the children in my church on Easter Sunday. We also have a daycare centre for pre-school children, and I have used a Christmas nativity set with them before, so I know they will love this Resurrection set. It is so helpful to have something tangible to help the children understand and also remember what Easter is really about.

  39. Cherie says

    I love this set you’ve created and am so thankful to have it as a visual for my 4 year old! But, I need help with page 7 …… I don’t know what to do with the cloth with the imprinted face nor how to make the cement slab/bench stand up like you show in your picture.

  40. Holly says

    Okay I need help, please ma’am. :) I subscribed last year, but can’t find how to print these in color. I tried to resubscribe and it wouldn’t let me. Can you help me? I’m sure I am just missing something…

    • says

      If you’re subscribed by email, every email you get with a new post has a link at the bottom to the subscriber bonus page.

  41. Christine says

    Having so much fun with the stations of the cross and the resurrection cut outs! Your reward in heaven will be great for helping to teach little ones about God!
    Thank you,
    Christine

  42. Candi says

    I subscribed and have the link for the colored Resurrection set, but it just says error every time. Is there anyway you can send me the links. I would love to do them with my kids. They loved doing the nativity on at Christmas. Great ideas!!!!!!

    Thanks,

    Candi

  43. Rosemary says

    Hello!

    Thank you very, very much for your wonderful crafts. I started to make the resurrection set yesterday to take to church but ran out of time so will be taking it today. Thank you so very, very much for sharing your wonderful things.

    Rosemary.

  44. Amy says

    You have such great ideas. I happen to be new to your site. I just printed out the Easter Ressurection Set earlier in the week and put it together last night. Through reading scripture from Mark’s gospel I saw in Mary 15:25 that Jesus was crucifed in the third hour. And if you look a little further Mark 15:33 it states “At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour” So, based on scripture, Jesus was cruicified at 9:00 AM and was taken down from the cross at 3:00. I bring this up because I think its vital that we teach our children what is based in the Bible. Also I noted that you have 2 female angles in your set, however in the bible it clearly states in Mark 16:5 ” As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side and they were not alaramed.” Adding a male angle to your set would be a great addition. I just wanted to point these two things out to you in hopes that you may consider these things in future posts. God bless

    In Christ’s love
    Amy

    • says

      It is very traditional for Catholics to be somber from the hours of noon to 3 on Good Friday. You can read about it here: http://www.fisheaters.com/customslent14.html Hours weren’t as established back then as they are now, but observing these hours of Jesus suffering on the cross is certainly a beautiful thing to do with your family. Certainly feel free to observe whichever hours you like. Also, it is harder to paint a “masculine” angel than you might think. Trust me when I say I’m doing my best! :-)

  45. Erin Wang says

    I have also wondered why we have nativity play sets for kids, Noah’s Ark sets & such, and nothing for Easter!!!!! I was wanting to make my own set for the past years, but did manage to buy one for cheap to display only…… But watching how my son is so involved in PLAYING with our wooden nativity set, I just was overjoyed when I found your printable one! I used your printable nativity for my sunday school class too– kids from unchurched, single-parent families who’ve never had nativity sets available to them. Just a priceless resource!!!!!!!!!! An answer to my prayers. I’ve wanted to have my son be able to “relive” Holy Week and this will make it possible! (Now all I need…… is a TRAVELING Mary & Joseph since I have them travel the house & arrive at the manger scene Christmas Eve (my son waking up in the morning to discover Jesus is born!!!. Also need a “Triumphant Entry” Jesus on a donkey/colt too…. maybe you have one I didn’t see yet…..). THANK YOU & THANKS BE TO GOD!!!

  46. Erin Wang says

    Oh– one other comment, maybe already made here before… I didn’t do the work to put these on toilet paper rolls– I found it MUCH easier to just print these on CARD STOCK paper!!!

  47. Sharon says

    What a WONDERFUL idea – a Resurrection set! I’m going to tell my friends about this and about your website! I’m so glad I clicked on the bloggerhood link on Webkinz News/Parenthood Club. Thank you!! Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday!

  48. Tiana L says

    My 4YO LDS (Mormon) Primary class really liked this. I pre-cut the figures, then asked the class to color them. I stapled them into the tube-like figures, and used them to tell the events of the first Easter. The children were excited for the puppet show with the puppets they helped create.
    Thank you for sharing this!

  49. Sara says

    Lacy,
    Can’t seem to get safari to let me print. I can get the b&w to view but when I try to print it yells at me! Any one else have this problem? Hoping to do a mass week with LO this week.
    Thanks,
    Sara

  50. Kim Barnes says

    I am trying to print the crucifix Jesus for my Catholic ABCs craft; every time I click the link it sends me to a Google documents sign in page. I don’t remember having to sign in there when I printed it last Easter. Do I have to sign up with Google documents to get the print outs?

  51. Paws says

    I love this and have been waiting eagerly (and rather impatiently) for a new post so I can get the link to print the beautiful colored version. Thanks so much for this!

  52. Deb says

    Just love this. I was wondering how you place the bed in the tomb and what to do with the face on the same page?

  53. Darleen Dufour says

    I cannot thank you enough for all of the wonderful printables! I spent last night printing everything needed for the Resurrection Story and your ebook of Saints. My students are so excited too!!! I am so happy to have found your blog. You are so creative and generous for sharing everything. I placed your button on my blog so I will always have easy access. Thank you again!!!!!!!
    Darleen
    Third Grade Love

  54. Lori says

    This is so cool! I am going to use this with my class this Easter. Thank you for sharing your creativity that God gave you! My class will absolutely love it! Thank you again and have a Blessed Easter!

  55. Chyrel says

    You have made my Easter season. This handout it adorable and a wonderful reminder of the greatest thing that happened on this year. You are most generous to share this. I will be using this in my 6-7 year old class on Sunday and it has been displayed for two weeks on my mantelpiece. Everyone who comes in comments on how sweet it is. You are touching the lives of many. Again, thanks.

  56. Beth says

    Found this on pinterest a few days ago. Just printed it out and hope to have time to get it colored and ready for my kids for Easter and to use with the 5 year olds I teach on Sundays. So wonderful to see something non-bunny for Easter! I may try mounting them on cardstock or something as well since I don’t know if we’ll go through enough TP this coming week :) Thanks for sharing these for all of us who are trying to keep the focus of Easter where it belongs – on Christ :)

  57. Alison says

    Fabulous resource! My kids loved the story and colouring project! God bless you and thanks for sharing your gifts! :)

  58. says

    Thank you for this fun printable. I love your Nativity set as well, but I could’t save enough toilet paper rolls in time :) My 5 year old loved doing this, and now we will keep it on display in our living room.
    You can see how she colored them here: torresfamilyadventures.blogspot.com/2013/04/easter.html
    They are the first and last pictures in my Easter post.

  59. Centro de Catequesis de San Bartolomé says

    Muchas gracias desde México. Nosotros somos un centro de catecismo, y buscando algo para que a los niños y niñas se les haga más fácil comprender el tema de la Resurrección, encontramos esto, que hasta a nosotros nos llamó gratamente la atención. Muchas felicidades a la persona o personas que lo realizaron, Dios les ha bendecido con una gran habilidad, ingenio e inteligencia; es maravilloso que los pongan al servicio de los hermanos. El Señor Resucitado les siga bendiciendo día con día.

  60. T Church says

    Since I am a terrible planner and had no tubing or empty tissue boxes I used card stock to make all of these and it worked wonderfully. God bless you for all you do!

  61. Glory says

    I love this. Always wished you could get an Easter Nativity. I downloaded it to work on this week with my kids but page number 5 with the soldiers was blank. No picture. I would love to have them and thought you might like to now.

  62. Cathy says

    I am going to make the clay tomb with my kindergarten
    Sunday school and use the Jesus and angel figure to go with it.
    Thank you for these great ideas.

  63. Julie says

    3 years later and it’s still sought after! :) This is such a wonderful thing to add to our Easter weekend. We will start today on Good Friday by having the kids cut and color, then we’ll laminate. I am going to add a little twist by having them take a branch off of our thorny bush outside, so we can make a crown, and we will use actual fabric pieces for the tomb.
    Thank you so very much for sharing your talents and creating such a great craft for Jesus’ death and resurrection!

    Wishing you a blessed Easter,
    From,
    Not a Catholic, but a Christian follower of Christ

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