Less than three weeks until Easter! I don't know about you, but Easter is one of my very favorite holidays. So much opportunity to talk about Jesus and the work He did on the cross. And so many fun things to do!
This week my little three year old has really latched on to the cross and the story in his children's Bible about Jesus dying on the cross. He is captivated by the one illustration in particular of Jesus' bruised and bleeding body hanging on the cross. My son is saddened by it but, for the first time, he realizes how much Jesus went through and understands the pain (as much as a three year old - or any of us! - can) and suffering He endured to take our sins and give us new hearts. What joy to see my little guy start to grasp such a big truth!
To keep our focus on the cross, we did a few cross-themed crafts this week that I wanted to share with you. I hope the little guys in your life enjoy them as much as we did!
Egg Carton Crosses
For these, I just cut a strip of egg carton that was five sections long as well as two individual sections of egg carton. I had my little ones paint them in the color of their choice then we glued them onto a piece of paper. Super simple but fun to make and since they are such good size, we hung ours up where it will keep our eyes on the cross every day!
This project challenged my little guys to work on their fine motor skills and keep those dots on the line. I simply drew a cross outline shape on a sheet of paper for each kiddo and gave them each a bingo dot marker. Great practice!
Cross Bird Feeder (or snack!)
This craft was definitely the big hit of the day with my kiddos! We strung cereal onto a couple of pipe cleaners (great fine motor practice) and then twisted part of one pipe cleaner into a loop and twisted them together in the middle to make a cross shape. It was far from perfectly proportioned or straight, but my kiddos were super excited to hang it on our bare little tree and watch for birds who might be needing a snack. Although I will say, one of my littles was definitely more interested in taking the cereal back off of the pipe cleaner and eating it so it totally could have been a fun snack as well!
Definitely my favorite thing about the toddler/preschool age is how thrilled they are with the simplest things. It doesn't have to be fancy, expensive, or labor intensive for them to thoroughly enjoy themselves.
Whatever you do with your little ones this month as you share the story of Jesus' death and resurrection with them, I pray you have all the fun possible and take every opportunity to turn their eyes (and your own!) to the cross. What a precious privilege it is to tell our kiddos about Jesus!