Of all the crafts and activities we have done over the years, this is still one of my favorites.
Resurrection Garden Sensory Play
If you want to create a similar sensory activity with your kids, here is what you will need:
- A container for your garden (we used a cake pan)
- Potting soil or dirt from your yard
- A small pot
- Small rocks or pebbles
- Grass or flowers
- Larger rock (big enough to cover your pot opening)
- Popsicle sticks
Step 1: Build Your Base
Fill your container with dirt and bury your pot half-way in the dirt so it looks more like a tomb. Add a rock path (rocks are completely optional, we just had a bunch lying around so we used them!).
Step 2: Fill in with Greenery
Add your grass, flowers, and stones. We actually put the stones in before the grass, but then we had to take them out and put them back in again because the dirt covered them. We stole the grass from a flower bed that needed weeding. 🙂
Step 3: Embellish
Make your Popsicle crosses by breaking a stick into two pieces about 1/3 of the way down the stick. File the cut edge of the short stick into a rounded shape to match the other edges. Glue the two pieces together into a cross shape. Color the crosses with markers. We chose to make two brown for the two robbers and gave Jesus’ a red cross. It was Monkey’s idea. She thought it was more symbolic that way.
Place the stone in front of the tomb.
Step 4: Sensory Play
Allow the children to play in the garden for a bit, then place the stone in front of the tomb to represent Jesus’ death. On Easter morning, move the stone aside to show he is risen!
Here’s the tomb before Easter:
And after Easter!
Monkey and I really loved putting this resurrection garden together/playing in it.
Have you ever made a Resurrection garden?
More Creative Easter Activities for Kids
We’re joining in the monthly blog hop from Bare Feet on the Dashboard for fun creative Easter activities for kids. Check out the other awesome Easter activities!
DIY Resurrection Eggs for Toddlers & Preschoolers from Bare Feet on the Dashboard
10 Ways to Decorate Eggs from Betsy’s Photography
Spring Tot Trays from Something 2 Offer
Washi Tape Easter Eggs by Teach me Mommy
An invitation to decorate Easter Cards from Multicraftingmummy
PEEPS Candy Science from Schooling a Monkey
PEEPS Engineering Activities from Schooling a Monkey
Messy Play: Dyeing Easter Eggs from Schooling a Monkey
Easter Tuff Spot Play from Adventures of Adam
Bunny Books and Sight Word Games from My Bright Firefly
Natural Materials Easter Craft for Kids from Fun With A Message