By: Hearts Alive Writer: Sara Buffington
Year C Spring Week 1
Craft Activity: The Talking Card
- White lightweight cardstock or construction paper, 1 per child
- Light colored cardstock or construction paper, 1 per child
- Markers, assorted colors
To Prepare: If you plan to do this activity with very young children, you may wish to fold the white cardstock in advance.
The Talking Card
Say: The apostle Paul reminds us of what the prophet Joel said–that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. We’re going to make a talking card that proclaims those words, “Jesus is Lord!” Give every child a white piece of cardstock, a colored piece of cardstock, scissors, markers, and a glue stick.
To Make a Talking Card:
- The child should fold the 8.5 x 11” white paper in half (like a book). This will make a rectangular card 8.5 x 6.5”.
- Along the fold, the child cuts a straight line about 2 inches toward the middle of the card. When the child unfolds the paper, they will have a slit that is 4 inches in length in the center of the paper. For now, they should keep the paper folded.
- The child should fold down a triangle along one side of the cut. Repeat for the other side. This creates the appearance of collar to a shirt.
- Now the child may open the white paper card. There should be a diamond outlined by the folds in the center of the paper. The child needs to reverse those folds so they open out instead of in. That way, when the card is opened, the diamond will pop open, like a beak or a mouth.
- Once the “mouth” is working, the child can color the inside of the card like a face. The diamond is, of course, the mouth.
- The child should now fold the colored cardstock in half like a card.
- Using the glue stick, the child should glue the colored cardstock to the outside of the white cardstock. The colored cardstock is the “cover” of the card.
- On the front of the card, write “Hear me say…” in marker.
- Open the card. Inside the mouth, write, “Jesus is Lord!” The child can open and close his card slightly to make the mouth move like it is really saying the words!
Year C Spring Week 3
Craft: Dotty-Spotty Fruit
- Printable: Fruit Cut Outs
- Q-tips, at least 5 per child
- Paper plates, 2 per child
- Craft paint in assorted colors
- Red construction paper, 1 piece per child
- Stapler or tape
- Optional: If you want to avoid using paint, try stamp markers or Do A Dot paint markers instead.
- Optional: hair dryer (to speed the paint drying)
To Prepare: Make copies of the printable, 1 per child. If you have white cardstock, make the copies on that. If you are doing this project with younger child, you may want to assemble the heart pockets for them.
Say: All people sin and need to repent. We should turn from our wrong behaviors. Then we will produce good fruit that shows others that Jesus lives in us. We are going to decorate some fruit. These are real fruits, like strawberries, apples, and pineapples, but remember that the kind of fruit Jesus is talking about is fruit from the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. When people see those fruits in our lives, they will know that Jesus lives in us.
If you are using paint (instead of markers), give every child one paper plate. Pour a nickel-sized blob of paint in each color on each child’s plate (to give them a painter’s palette). Hold up a Q-tip and explain to the children that they will cover the fruits in dots of color. They will use the Q-tips like stamps, not paintbrushes. Use one Q-tip per color and dab very lightly (so the paint is thin and will dry). Encourage older children to add different color dots to create light and shade.
Distribute the printable. Have the children cut out the fruit with scissors. Give each child another paper plate. They can lay the fruit on this paper plate and then start painting/stamping.
While the paint is drying, make the heart envelope. Fold the red construction paper in half. Cut a whole heart out of the paper, so you get two identical hearts. Staple or tape the edges of the heart but leave the top open. This creates a pocket for the fruits. When the fruits are dry, add them to the pocket.
Year C Spring Week 5
Craft: Scented Presents
- Printable: Present cube
- Cotton balls, 1 per child
- Essential oil (like lavender, citrus, or peppermint) or perfume or cologne–one kind or more than one
- Ribbon, about 12” per child
- Coloring supplies
To Prepare: Cut the ribbon in lengths. On cardstock, make a copy of the printable, 1 per child.
Say: Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume. We, too, should honor God with the best that we have. We don’t have to buy expensive perfume like Mary did, but we can offer God our money and our time by serving him and his people. Let’s make a craft to remind us to give of our best to God.
Hand out the printables and coloring supplies. The child may color their present. Then cut out the cross of squares. Fold each line 90 degrees toward you to create a cube. Tape the sides of the cube, but leave the top open.
Give every child a cotton ball. Let each child smells the essential oils or perfumes you brought in. If they like, they make put a drop on their cotton ball. (Some children are sensitive to odors and may not want to do this.) Once they have a scented cotton ball (or not), place the ball inside the cube. Secure the top with tape.
Give each child a ribbon to gently tie around their cube. Assist in this step if necessary. Say: This present reminds us to give of our best to God. Smell it–it reminds us of Mary’s beautiful gift of washing Jesus’ feet.
Year C Spring Week 6
Scripture Drama: Resurrection
- Four chairs
- Large flat sheet
- Optional: Assorted costume materials such as belts, scarves, wings (for the angels), pipe cleaners (to form angel halos)
You will need the following assigned characters: two (or more) women, two angels (male or female), and Peter. Everyone else can be the apostles and those with them (male or female). If you have costumes or props, distribute them now to those who would like them.
Set up the tomb: Place two chairs side by side. Place the other two chair a little bit away from them, but in a symmetrical position. Drape the sheet overtop the chairs to create a tomb (it should be large enough for a child can crawl inside).
Say: We are going to act out the most surprising, amazing, wonderful day–the first Easter! Emphasize the words in italics to help cue the action. Some actions have been added to the story to make it more exciting to act out.
The women went for a walk in the early morning. Walking, walking, walking, around and around and around. They were carrying spices to bring to the tomb of Jesus. When they got there, they gasped! The stone that had covered the tomb had been rolled away.
The women went inside the tomb. Where was Jesus? His body was not there. Then two angels appeared. They were bright as lightning. The women went over to the angels. The women were scared! Their knees were shaking. They fell face-down on the ground.
The angels said, “Why do you look here for Jesus? This is a place for dead people. Jesus is alive!” The angels smiled at the women. They helped them up.
The women were so happy! They clapped their hands! They hugged each other! They ran, ran, ran, around and around and around, to get back to their friends. Their friends all stood together, far from the tomb.
They told their friends, the ones who had known Jesus. But the friends shook their heads no. They scratched their heads, but they could not understand. They turned their backs to the women.
But one of the friends, named Peter, jumped up and down. He had to know if this was true. Was the tomb empty? He ran, ran, ran, around and around and around, to get to the tomb. When he got there, he went inside the tomb. Sure enough, Jesus was not there. Peter came out of the tomb. He walked around slowly, scratching his head. He was walking, walking, walking–walking and wondering. What could this mean?
I know what this means, and so do you. It is just as the angels said. Jesus is risen. He is risen indeed!