Making beautiful Easter crosses

I got the idea for this simple, easy, beautiful Easter cross painting from Apples and ABCs.  We made these yesterday while my sister was visiting.

I have to tell you about my new favorite moment of all time: My son pointed to the freshly hung paintings on the window and yelled, “Jesus died on the cross for our sins! And he rose from the dead!”  And that. is what’s it’s all about.  

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I used paint tape to put a cross on white paper.

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Wrote “He is Risen!” on them and they went to sponge painting!

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They had different ideas of what artistic avenues they wanted to take.  John just wanted to make brown!

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We peeled off the tape after they were dry and put in the window to let the sun shine through : )

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Fun, easy, quick.  And Christ-centered.
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Sharing the Easter Story with Resurrection Eggs

In my babysitting days, I remember when one of my sweet girls came home with an egg carton telling the Easter Story.  She shared the whole story with those little eggs.  I want my children to know the Most Wonderful Story too, using this simple and thoughtful method, so I researched for ideas and made our own carton of Resurrection Eggs.  I found many wonderful resources around — I listed them below — but I decided to make my own printable to go along with the objects and Scriptures that I felt were the most important.

Making your own Resurrection eggs is easy!  All you need is an empty (and clean) egg carton and 12 plastic eggs (these are the only thing that I actually bought — for $1!)  Now fill the eggs with the below items from around your house!

Fill an egg carton with plastic eggs. Number the eggs 1 – 12:

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Click here for the printable that I made for the Resurrection eggs:

(At first I cut these in strips and put them in the eggs, but that seemed to distract from the objects inside the eggs, so I laminated this and keep it with the eggs.)

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Now fill the eggs with the following items:

1: Donkey & Palm Branch

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon [a donkey].” Zechariah 9:9

Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David;
 Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!”Matthew 21:8-9

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2: Bread

While they were eating Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples. ‘Take and eat it,’ He said, ‘This is My body.’” Matthew 26:26

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3: 3 dimes

Then one of the twelve disciples, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and asked, ‘What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?’ They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him.” Matthew 26: 14-15


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4: Small string

Pilate wanted to please the crowd, so he set Barabbas free for them. Then he had Jesus whipped and handed Him over to be crucified” Mark 15:15

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5: Purple cloth and crown of thorns

They stripped Jesus’ clothes and put a scarlet robe on him. Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on His head, and put a stick on His right hand; then they knelt before Him and made fun of Him. “Long live the King, of the Jews,” They said.” Matthew 27:28-29

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6: Cross

He went out, carrying His cross, and came to Golgotha, that is ‘The Place of the Skull.’ There they crucified Him.” John 19: 17-18

He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

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7: 3 small nails

They nailed Jesus to a cross and gambled to see who would get his clothes.” Mark 15:24

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:20 

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8: Sign reading King of the Jews

Above Him were written these words: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” Luke 23:38

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9: Sponge and spear

One of them ran up at once, took a sponge. He filled it with vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.” Matthew 27:48

“One of the soldiers plunged his spear into Jesus’ side, and at once blood and water poured out. John 19:34

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10: White cloth and spices

Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.” John 19:40

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11: Rock

Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and placed it in his own new tomb, which he had just recently dug out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb and went away.” Matthew 27:59-60

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12: Empty

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7

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I was creative in a lot of them, but I think it all works : )

I used a bay leaf for my palm branch, I know that’s a horse and not a donkey, but my son can’t tell,

a gluten-free roll for my bread (my son can’t touch gluten),

a piece of string,

a cut purple felt shirt and a little branch I shaped into a crown of thorns,

a popsicle stick broken and colored with red marker and a cut up sponge,

and a cut white t-shirt for the linens and spices from home – cinnamon and dried chives.

My son absolutely loves this and keeps wanting to “play Easter eggs” every time I bring it out.  He is slowly learning about the crucifixion and how Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  He gets a sad, sweet look on his face when we talk about the nails and I think he is really grasping some of it, in his innocent little mind.  I am so thankful for this hand-on tool!

I resourced this idea from Play Eat GrowWomen Living Well, and ICC Religious Education.

The Resurrection Eggs can be bought at any Christian Book store or right over line on Family Life website or you can make them yourself, I found these on Pinterest.

I hope this blesses you and your family!
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St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin

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Having fun with a St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin.  I bought some green tinsel, gold coins, some glittery shamrocks, some “drinking game” green dice, with some cut up foam from our basement square foam mats, and of course, our homemade leprechaun.

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We have been reading a cute, nonsense book about St. Patty’s Day and a tricky (non-creepy) leprechaun, based on The Night Before Christmas, which I thought was cute; and it’s $2 at Amazon:stpatricksdaynightbeforeJohn loved the beaded necklaces.DSC01548-001As you can see — he put them all on, but then let me have one.DSC01551-001He is still struggling with throwing all the contents of our sensory bins after he gets bored.  He did little sorting — I had planned for him to sort the different colored green foam.  But he had fun.DSC01553-001

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How to make a felt leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

I have always thought, from when I was little, that leprechauns are a little creepy. But we have had a lot of fun with various St. Patrick’s Day free, awesome printables at our house, and I wanted to make a cute leprechaun for John for him to enjoy and remember the holiday more distinctly**.

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So I thought I’d try to mimic my felting/hot-glue-gun skills from my Snowy Day Peter. I found a super cute leprechaun, a non-creepy one, from SweetClipArt.  And I got to work.  This one has a few more details, so it took a little longer, but overall it is a 15 minute project if you know how to handle a hot glue gun, which is a talent I have.

Here is a copy of the Leprechaun Template that I started with.

I assembled my materials:

  • Template
  • Felt: green, black, cream, red
  • Cotton balls
  • Makers: red and black
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

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I began cutting the template apart.  First the hat, then the head, then the jacket, then the pants.  I made two felt pieces of each.

I also cut a black strip for the hat, a little red hair, a black bow tie, two little hands, and two little feet.

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Then I glued each section together with a small bit of cotton ball between the two pieces of felt.  I cut some green eyes for him too.   I messed up some parts, and ended up making a bigger jacket and pants, which I recommend.

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John was there with me when I made it, so it wasn’t a surprise this time, but he loves it!

**We have talked a little about the difference between Protestant and Catholic, and that we really don’t “celebrate” the holiday, (though some of our family is Catholic, so that is certainly fine, too :) ). But we actually should be wearing orange on the holiday — oh well, it is just fun to have an excuse to celebrate the color green, shamrocks, gold coins, drinking good beer (for Mom and Dad), and leprechauns.

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Tot School – Valentine’s Day

We put our Letter Tot School on hold this week, so that we could celebrate Valentine’s Day.  We have done so many fun activities this week and I’d love to share them with you.

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I made six Valentine tot trays this week.  John loved them and we played each of them at least 3 or 4 times!

Heart Match – Up.  This was very simple to make and I thought it would be too hard, but he impressed me by doing it by himself the second time around!

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John loves foam stickers, so we made a lot of Valentines this week.

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Valentine Shapes.  I got a cute Valentine Tot Pack from 2TeachingMommies, and we matched shapes that we already had with the shapes on the cut-outs.
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And another printable from 2TeachingMommies.  We put our Unifix cubes on top of the numbers.  He loved this.

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Bible verses of the week:

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Found at Homeschool Creations and Totally Tots.

Mini book of the week:

A cute Heart book from 2TeachingMommies. We colored every page and he likes walking around with his little book.

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I was bummed that I couldn’t make it to Michael’s to make a “GLITTERY/SHINY” Valentine’s sensory bin, so I opted for red kidney beans as a base and just put in any red and pink things I had around the house.  John ended up absolutely loving the beans, so it was a success : )

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We made a cute tissue paper heart.  John wasn’t really excited about this, so I did most of it.  He was very excited to give it to dad, though : )

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We also….

Frosted and decorated heart-shaped cookies at a friend’s house (for John it was a rice cake, since they weren’t gluten free, but he doesn’t mind, he is such a little trooper).

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And we made some sweet, simple Valentines out of foam paper and foam heart-shaped stickers.  John tries so hard to get the little sticky off, and he is really doing better with it!

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For the Kids Friday

Celebrating Groundhog’s Day!

My friend just told me about this fun children’s site; here is a screenshot of the Starfall’s website’s Groundhog Day fun : )

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And we made this adorable Groundhog Puppet!  I got the template from All Kids Network.  I printed his front on brown paper and just cut out a back with the front. I stuffed it with some tissue paper and stapled it together.  I had planned on gluing a popsicle stick to the bottom, but John didn’t want it.

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We watched the video of the little ‘Punxsutawney Phil’ the groundhog who did not see his shadow!  Early Spring?

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And Twisty Noodle has personalized handwriting sheets!


Some Abeka Thanksgiving Crafts

We made some simple thanksgiving crafts, thanks to our A Beka craft books.

The Native American Headband is found in the Nursery Arts and Crafts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Give Thanks Turkey is from Arts and Crafts with Button Bear 2s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Our other Fall and Thanksgiving crafts are in my Craft Links for 2 year olds.**