But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Help your child to cut and place the painters tape on the canvas. It might bubble up a bit, just press firmly on to the canvas. If paint bleeds a little, you can retouch or go over first with white paint to seal tape.
Have your child decided on their colors and squirt onto a paper paint and then use 1 sponge brush per paint color. Apply 1 coat and allow to dry, come back and do additional coats and decorate as desired.
If you need to save your sponge brushes, place in a sealable ziploc bag and store in the fridge until the next use. We hung the canvases with these command strips in the kids' bedrooms.
Biblical Connection -- As you are completing the craft, you can talk about why Jesus died on the cross. You can read Romans 5:8 and discuss how Jesus laid down His life for us by dying on the cross. He did that for all people, you and me included. Talk about what sin is and what Jesus' death on the cross means for us.
But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it.
Allow the kids to cultivate the soil by hand, mixing it and getting rid of any big clumps! Then have them fill as many cups as you would like 2/3 full of dirt and place in the pan.
Next place the seeds on a paper towel and them stick their index finger into the soil to the first knuckle. Based on the seed packet instruction, sow the amount listed. We did 2-3 sunflower and cucumber seeds per cup and a sprinkle of the basil seeds (they are tiny!).
Then have the kids fill in the hole gently with dirt and carefully water each cup. Add the labeled clips to each row. Then place in an area that receives sunlight. Water every 2-3 days. Keep caring for them until they are ready to plant in the garden or the weather permits!
Biblical Connection -- As you sow seeds, talk about how God works in our life. We are the soil and He gives us faith. If we are good soil, our faith grows with the living water he gives us. You can talk about the parable of the 4 soils in Luke 8:4-21 and also talk about how Jesus is the vine and we are the branches in John 15:1-7. Ask your kids what kind of soil they want to be?
"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here...
Have your kids unroll the crescent rolls onto the cutting mat. Then add 1 marshmallow to each crescent roll and roll back up, covering the marshmallow completely. It should look like a dough ball. Don't pinch too tightly or they won't be able to see inside when baked!
Then have them brush on the melted butter (2 T.) and then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture (1/2 T cinnamon to 1/4 C. sugar). They can place in a greased muffin pan. Bake per crescent roll directions. It should be about 9-11 minutes at 350.
They are really good, so we suggest doubling the batch. You should have enough sugar mixture and butter to accommodate the 2nd batch!
Biblical Connection -- While making the crescent rolls, share how Jesus died on the cross and they placed him in a tomb, then 3 days later they came back and he was not there. The tomb was empty. The marshmallow loosely represents Jesus ;) and when they bake, He is gone. The tomb is empty! His death and resurrections means eternal life for us when we trust in Him. (Read John 19-20)
Growing New Vegetables from the Old
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Cor. 5:17
Supplies Needed: Celery stalk base (3-4 inches), lettuce base, small bowl of water and sun.
Place the base of the celery stalk and lettuce into the water and place in a window. Observe over the next several days how the vegetables begin to grow. Add fresh water every 2-3 days.
For additional fun -- you could add food coloring to the water to see how the water travels through the plant. Simply place a few drops of blue or red food coloring in the water and watch the water travel up the plant to the leaves over the course of a few days.
Biblical Connection -- Talk with your kids about how Jesus is our living water (John 4:14 -- but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.") You can read the full story of the woman at the well in John 4 and Jesus' promise of living water in John 7.
When we ask Him into our hearts, He helps us to grow and become new. Just like the plant needs water and sun to live. We need the SON and living water to live well. If you add the food coloring, you can also show your kids how God is within us, just like the food coloring. He gifts us with the Holy Spirit upon salvation.
These are a great way to walk your kids through the final days of Jesus' life. Each day you open an egg as a family that has a symbol/prop that illustrates what was going on. You also read a devotion and accompanying scripture. There are questions you can discuss as a family as you remember the great sacrifice Jesus made for each of us.
Before you go...
If you ever wonder how we might incorporate the Easter Bunny into our festivities, here is a post
all about our opinion on the matter, if that matters to you ;).
In case you want to know my favorites for Easter Baskets, check out this post
If you have any questions about Easter and Jesus' death and resurrection, email me. I would also encourage you to read my testimony here.
Jesus changed everything for me and I want you to experience the greatest gift available in salvation. How do you teach the gospel to your kids? I would love to hear!
Linking up for Friday favorites with these girls
Until next time keep on smiling and keep on, keeping on!
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