He is Risen! Celebrate Jesus’s Resurrection with this fun, easy Empty Tomb Craft for Kids!
How do you teach young children the Easter story in a way they can understand? (That won’t scar them for life?)
It’s a good question, and unfortunately, there isn’t one easy answer.
Even within a single Sunday School class, toddlers, preschoolers and young children can vary widely in terms of what they know already and can understand about the Easter Resurrection story once you explain it to them.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.
In fact, it’d be quite a shame not to.
With Easter eggs, bunnies, candy, TV specials and toys everywhere you look, it’s easy for kids to get the mistaken impression that Easter is all about candy — not the real story of Jesus’s resurrection.
And that means it’s up to us — as Christian parents, grandparents or Sunday School teachers — to share the REAL meaning of Easter with our little ones.
And today, I’m sharing with you one easy and fun way you can do just that — with this “He is Risen!” Empty Tomb Craft…
Looking for more Christian Easter ideas for kids? Be sure to also check out these posts as well:
- 10 Christian Easter Crafts for Sunday School and Home
- Resurrection Rolls Story and Recipe (With printable Bible verses!)
- DIY Resurrection Eggs Lesson (with free printable!)
He is Risen! Empty Tomb Craft for Kids
If you’re looking for a great way to share the Gospel message with young children, this “He is Risen!” Empty Tomb Craft for Kids is just the thing!
Not only will it help you share the REAL meaning of Easter in a way your kids can understand (He is Risen!), but it’s also quick and easy to do! You don’t need to do any prep ahead of time, it doesn’t make a huge mess, and you probably have all (or at least almost all) of the materials you need already on hand.
And for those materials you don’t already have on hand — they’re super cheap and you can find them easily. No weird pieces you have to order and wait days for them to come in.
Whether you’re looking for something to keep the kids busy on a rainy afternoon or you’re looking for the perfect preschool Sunday School activity for your little ones — this “He is Risen!” Empty Tomb Craft definitely fits the bill!
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- One 18” x 9” Piece of Cardboard (per child – I used the flap from a packing box)
- 1 Paper Plate (per 2 children)
- 5 Paper Straws (per child)
- Quick-drying Craft Glue
1. Cut the paper plate in half. (Each child will only need one half.) Cut a half-oval shape in the center of the plate about 2” x 2”. Set the half-oval you cut out aside for later.
2. Cut an end off the cardboard that is 3 ½” wide. (You will use the small piece for cutting out shapes in a minute. The larger piece will remain intact.)
3. Fold the larger, remaining piece of cardboard so that the fold is 6” from one end and 8” from the other.
4. From the smaller piece of cardboard, cut a triangle that is 3 ½ inches at the base and 5 ½ inches tall.
5. Also cut a half-oval that is 3 ½” at the base and 3” tall from the same piece of cardboard.
6. Cut 2 of the paper straws in half.
7. Glue the paper plate half onto the short side of the large piece of cardboard.
8. Glue the triangle to the back of the large piece of folded cardboard as a sort of “kickstand” to help your Empty Tomb Craft stand up.
9. Glue the shorter pieces of straws to the regular straws to make crosses.
10. Glue the crosses to the back of the cardboard with the bottoms tucked below the ridge of the paper plate.
11. Have the child write the Bible verse Matthew 28:6 on the back of the half oval piece of cardboard you cut out in step five. This will be the stone that was rolled away. Glue it next to the tomb opening so you don’t lose it, or leave it unattached for dramatic play.
“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
12. Have the child draw a picture of Jesus on the back of the paper plate cut-out from step one. Glue the picture of Jesus inside the opening of the tomb, or leave it unattached for dramatic play.
13. Let your child decorate their Empty Tomb Craft as they wish!
14. Using the completed Empty Tomb Craft, tell the Easter Resurrection Story!
You can read of Jesus’s Resurrection straight from the Bible (and risk it being too long and way over the children’s heads) or tell it from memory (and risk missing important details), but I’d recommend reading it from a Children’s Bible or a Bible storybook so it’s in language little ones can understand.
“The Beginner’s Bible” is a great Bible to have on hand for little ones. The stories are short and engaging with lots of colorful pictures to hold the attention of little ones. We own this Bible and love it.
“The Adventure Bible for Young Readers” is a great one for kids ages 6-10 or so. We own this one too and love it.
It is a bit older (published in 2000), but that just means you can find it really cheap on Amazon. It’s not like the information gets outdated! 🙂
Are you planning on doing any Christian Easter Crafts with your kids to celebrate Jesus’s Resurrection this Spring? What do you have planned?
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