I say this is an Easter cross craft for Sunday school classrooms, but really this can be done anywhere with any child. It’s sometimes hard to know what the toddlers and preschool age can do to bring in Easter in a meaningful way. They are young and may not be able to do many of the projects in my 20+ Christ-centered Easter ideas, although they may be perfectly capable of doing the cross paper mosaic craft. The craft I’m presenting today is probably the easiest thing to do in Sunday school classrooms on Easter, and I am giving two different ideas for using the free cross printable I am providing.
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This craft was made for a reader who reached out saying she didn’t know what to do for her 0-3 year olds. She wanted to do something and was planning to send them home with this cute Play-doh idea, but she was hoping for more she could do with them. I think 2-3 year olds can do this with your help. Even babies can have you stamp their fingers for them. Just wash everyone’s hands well so they don’t put ink in their mouths.
This craft was adapted from a cross fingerprint craft I had created for AWANA.
Materials Needed to Make the Easter Cross Craft for Sunday School Classrooms
- Free Easter Cross Printable
- Stamp Pads (option 1)
- Photo of Child (about 2″ x 2″)
- Glue Stick (option 1)
- Crayons (option 2)
- Sharpie (option 2)
Lsushine Craft Ink Pad Stamps Partner Diy Color,15 Color Craft Ink Pad for Stamps, Paper, Wood Fabric (pack of 15)Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera – Ice BlueElmer’s Glue Stick (E4062) (7 sticks)The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
How to Make the Easter Cross Craft for Sunday School Classrooms – Version 1
- Take pictures of your kids and size them to 2″ x 2″. How do you do this? You can upload the photos to your computer and insert photos into Word, cropping each one to 2″ x 2″, print and cut. You could also upload them individually into a free online photo editing site like PicMonkey. Another option is to have an inexpensive polaroid camera, which is all the rage right now. Do a couple samples so you know how far back you should stand from the kids.
- Print out the free Easter cross printable.
- Have kids put their fingerprints on the cross. I would encourage them to use one color at a time, starting with the lightest first. Continue until the cross is full of their fingerprints. The smallest kids might need you to help get their fingerprints in the cross.
- Using a glue stick, glue their picture in place.
Having the pictures creates a beautiful keepsake for the parents.
How to Make the Easter Cross Craft for Sunday School Classrooms – Version 2
If you don’t have the resources to create version 1, I wanted to provide an alternative way to use the printable. Simply write out the child’s name in Sharpie across the horizontal part of the Easter cross. Kids can then color the cross however they wish. This can be done for any age child. Older kids could come up with some beautiful versions.
I really hope this helps equip you to teach kids about Christ’s death and resurrection this Easter. He has risen!