Ingredients for the playdough
4 c. of flour
1.5 c. salt
1.5 c. water
1 Tbs. oil
mix and knead together
mix and knead together
Other supplies you may need
empty can, washed and dried
craft stick (or some other way to symbolize Jesus).
large baking pan
pipe cleaner (or sticks or something else) to make a cross
Steven did the playdough making this morning while I was out grocery shopping (love him) which made me adore this craft even more. I mean I really do love hands on stuff but with a 3 year old and a 2 year old things can go from good to cray cray in a matter of seconds.
Also, my kids do get dressed. Promise. But they are also on a pajama kick lately so even though they put real clothes on they change into their pajamas exactly 3 minutes later. Especially Harper. I've been trying to wash his Spiderman pajamas for over a week. Each time he acts like his life is over as he knows it. Last night I thought I had succeeded only to wake up to him on my bed....in the Spiderman pajamas...that he pulled out of the dirty clothes basket. Pick your battles right?
Shape the dough around the can leaving enough to make a large stone to cover the tomb. While the dough is soft, form a hole in the dough (for the cross that goes on top). Bake on 350 for about 2 hours. Once the tomb has cooled off, it's fun to paint it. We didn't really have "tomb colored" paint but whatevs. That doesn't take away from the story, ya know? Once the painting is done, place your cross in the hole on top.
Next, make a craft stick Jesus, or use something you already have to symbolize Jesus. Wrap him in fine linen aka Kleenex. Put Jesus in the tomb and cover the opening with your stone. When the kids check the tomb on Easter Sunday Jesus will be gone as he has already ascended into heaven!
We followed up the activity by reading the corresponding chapter in the Jesus Storybook Bible. I highly recommend this Bible for the littles in your life. It is inexpensive and the writing is brilliant. My kiddos are still young to completely comprehend some of it, but they soak in enough and can grow into it. I keep the Bible put away, so they don't destroy it with their toddler hands, and pull it out when we do Bible stories some mornings.
Because the grave is empty, this life feels incredibly full. Of light. Hope. Forgiveness. Grace. And love.