Sunday school Easter crafts don't have to be expensive. In fact, there are a number of crafts that won't require you to look any further than your own classroom for materials, if you stock common supplies such as construction paper, crayons, pipe cleaners and glue. Since your normal class size will likely be larger on Easter Sunday due to visiting children, it's wise to choose simpler crafts if you're on a budget.
Tell children the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem, including how people threw palm leaves on the ground and cried "hosanna." Explain that the original Hebrew meaning of hosanna is "save us," and how Jesus saves us from our sins. Take the children outside and let them each pick 10 leaves off trees and bushes. (Be sure to ask permission from the church groundskeeper first.) Back in the classroom, give each child a piece of construction paper. Write the words "hosanna" and "Jesus saves us" in the centre. Glue the leaves in a circle around the words.
Coffee Filter Lilies
Ask the church food coordinator to donate a pack of coffee filters for this craft. In class, explain why lilies are an Easter flower. Give each child one coffee filter and one green pipe cleaner. Instruct children to fold the coffee filters in half three times to form a triangle shape. Demonstrate how to grasp the tip of the triangle and fan out the petals of the lily. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the tip of the triangle to create a stem. Children can interlace their lilies to make a class wreath or lily crowns.
Explain how Jesus' disciples were very surprised to see him after he arose from the dead. Pair students together and give one child in each pair a piece of paper and a crayon. Tell the other child to make a surprised expression while his partner draws what he looks like. Let the children switch roles. When everyone has drawn a portrait, let children write the words "He is risen" at the top of the paper.
Masking Tape Crosses
Tell children to measure and cut two pieces of masking tape, one long and one short. Let children stick the tape to their clothing and then peel it off to partially remove the adhesive. Arrange the tape in the shape of a cross on a piece of construction paper. With crayons, markers or paint, let students make bright rays of light coming out of the cross. Afterward, peel the tape off to reveal the shape of the cross. Use this lesson to talk about the power of the resurrection.
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