I wanted to come up with an Easter craft that speaks to the true meaning of Easter. I am not opposed to bunnies, eggs, candy and Easter egg hunts. However, I do want the meaning of Easter to shine through more than that. A part of that is making it an every day thing. We need to teach our kids that we celebrate Christ’s resurrection every day. Easter is set apart as a special day to commemorate it, but it should let it transform our lives daily. What I love about the cross mosaic idea is that Christ was broken for us. The shreds of paper can represent how Christ was stripped of life. However, that’s not the end of the story. The pieces were put together and Christianity thrives today because after time in the grave, he rose on the third day. Without that truth, we would have nothing to celebrate. I think of the prophecies in Isaiah 53. I encourage you to read the whole thing with the knowledge that this scripture was predicting the Jewish messiah and written about 700 years before Christ. I am so glad there are prophecies that helped us identify Jesus as the messiah, and his fulfillment of those is part of our celebration this Easter. I found a great YouTube video that shows shows some of the prophecies found in Isaiah 53.
Now onto our cross mosaic Easter craft.
I made a simple cross printable for you. I hope that is helpful in executing this craft.
The first thing to do is to pick out your paper and tear it up. I asked the kids what color they wanted. Kenzie chose pink, and Corban chose yellow. I chose a contrasting color for the outside. I gather paper with different shades of their chosen color. Some paper even had a slight pattern to it. The kids spent some time ripping it all into bits.
We had all our paper torn up, and we kept it in little bowls to make the process easier for them.
Part of the process is the glue. I found it easiest to put a glob of glue on a paper plate. I also had a sponge brush for the application process. I had them do the cross part first. They would paint on the glue in little sections at a time.
Each time they would add glue to a section, they would layer papers in a mosaic-like fashion. Corban is 2 and Kenzie is almost 4, and both could do this project well. I helped Corban out a bit, but Kenzie was pretty capable on her own. This is the perfect craft for preschool kids and older.
The process is just to keep adding glue and paper until your entire paper is filled up. This fun craft will help you really celebrate Easter the right way.