An Empty Tomb Craft

An Empty Tomb Craft

An Empty Tomb Craft

I am visiting the Hopi Rez and the kids are expecting to make Easter baskets this coming Sunday.  I have come up with 2 styles of “empty tomb” craft ideas to put the emphasis on the Resurrection…but they can also fit a piece of candy or two ! For instructions , see the blog at “”

Empty Tomb (part B)

Empty Tomb (part B)

empty tomb worksheet

empty tomb worksheet


Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath

Elijah has been living a “hidden” life for the past year or so. Now God has commanded him to go to Jezebel’s home town “where I have commanded a widow to feed you.”  This destitute mother had resigned herself  to the mournful fate of starvation when the prophet of the living God brought her His word of hope… would she have the faith to believe Elijah’s word and take the only sustenance at hand and give it away to the hungry stranger?  This is only the first part of the story as the widow’s son got sick and died.  Distraught, she confronted Elijah with her anguish. He took the young child and prayed to the LORD to restore his soul to his body. The LORD hearkened to the voice of His servant and the boy was restored to his mother. This Gentile widow had experienced supernatural provision for many months…but it took the resurrection of her son to cause her to to believe in Elijah’s God for herself.

Soon we will celebrate the resurrection of the Son of God.  Let us dedicate ourselves to following Eph.5:14-16      “Awake O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon you and give you light.  Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily…(not as unwise and witless, but as wise…) Making the most of the time (buying up every opportunity) because the days are evil.”  

Jesus made reference to the faith of the Gentile widow of Zarephath.  She is a good example of what just a little light can accomplish for the Kingdom.  If you are new to the blog…WELCOME! 

Widow of Z - with text

Widow of Z – with text

Widow of Z. - no text

Widow of Z. – no text

After coloring page, glue little twigs to the widow’s arms.Widow of Z

“We Shall all be Changed”

We shall all be changed

We shall all be changed

We have already emphasized  the importance of watching and waiting for the LORD’S return. (August 30, 2011 Blog) In 1 Corinthians, Paul is explaining what will happen to our mortal bodies at that time… we will put on immortality – this is our incorruptible spiritual body that will never perish.

Butterflies are fragile but they are a good example of transformation (metamorphosis)…what was once a fuzzy,earthbound, sluggish bug completely changes into a beautiful, soaring creature with 2 pairs of large wings covered with iridescent scales in overlapping rows.

Instructions: The flowers are 3 different size circles.  Cut petals , slightly bend them forward and stack.  The centers are pepper !   Find a butterfly you like and copy it, cut out the wings provided in the butterfly worksheet, or have the kids draw their own.  To make the caterpillar you need 1  (12 inch) color pipe cleaner (chenille stems) for threading the body which will end in the feelers, and  2 other colors .  Fold these 2 colors in half (6 in. each) and cut.  You need will need a total of 6 for the body, 3 of each color. Wrap each one around a pencil, and thread as shown.  You might also add these to the apple baskets in the previous blog…

Butterfly worksheet

If you decide to use the butterfly here…I suggest printing one to make sure the sizing is correct.

The large wing should measure about 2 & 1/4 inch.

threading first part of body

threading rest of body

add eyes and curl feelers (smile optional)


“Now after the Sabbath, near dawn of the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to take a look at the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled the boulder back and sat upon it.  His appearance was like lightning and his garments as white as snow.  And those keeping guard were so frightened at the sight of him that they trembled and became like dead men…” Matthew 28:1-4

Resurrection – angel/tomb

You will need a “jacob’s ladder” under the soldier.  For instructions go to you-tube and look up “how to make a jacob’s ladder” uploaded by rostichery.  Make sure the sky is colored or the wings will not show up very well. The kids will need to write out the verse from Romans…have them do it first so there is not a rush at the end of your time with them…it is an important verse! Optional: add a little “dazzle” with glitter.

“Lord,If You had Been Here…”

Lazarus, Come out

By the time Jesus arrived in Bethany at the summons of his dear friends Martha and Mary, their beloved brother Lazarus had been dead four days.  Both sisters had suffered not only the loss of a family member, but the gut-wrenching knowledge that their Lord had delayed in coming to be with them in their time of great need. “Lord, if (only) you had been here…” was their mournful cry.  But Jesus had a reason for the delay, and after giving them hope and sharing in their grief , He asked that the stone to the tomb be rolled away.   Our Savior then proved that He was the resurrection and the life by calling Lazarus forth from death’s tyrannical grip.  After this display of Christ’s undeniable power, the Jewish leadership determined to put Jesus to death.  They were unwilling to surrender to the truth .  The penalty for this rejection of truth is written in John 3:36,” He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.”Try to trace the stone in black so you can glue the risen Lazarus between it and the stone with the inscription.  A piece of magic tape rolled up and placed on the back of the figure of Lazarus will enable the children to move Lazarus as they act out the story.