If you want to find ways to celebrate the resurrection with your kids, these gingerbread tombs for Easter are so much fun to create. Without the empty tomb, there would be no reason to celebrate. But we have an empty grave! Praise God!
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Gingerbread Tombs for Easter
Christmas sometimes gets all the glory when it comes to Christian holidays. I 100% love the Christmas season. So much hope, joy, and love is celebrated during that time. We find so many fun ways to honor Christ’s birth with our kids.
Easter, however, brings equal celebration. We wouldn’t celebrate Christmas if it weren’t for Easter. If Jesus had not been resurrected, we wouldn’t have a man who proved himself as the Messiah.
As a skeptic, I have found faith partly in the proofs of the resurrection. I shared an article in that link, but if you are wanting to dive deeper to grow your own faith, Lee Strobel’s book, “A Case for Easter,” might be just what you are looking for. (affiliate link)
While it might feel a little weird to be decorating a tomb, I think these gingerbread tombs for Easter provide a fun way for kids to celebrate that Jesus is alive. Why not bring fun, cheery Easter crafts and activities that point to the empty tomb? This twist on a favorite Christmas activity is a perfect way to enjoy Easter with your children.
Materials Needed to Make Gingerbread Tombs for this Easter Activity
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- Gingerbread – I used the recipe found here, and it worked great! If baking isn’t your thing, or if making homemade gingerbread seems too involved, I’m sure you could design some great gingerbread tombs using graham crackers. Just make a rectangular box and use a gingersnap cookie for the door.
- Royal Icing Perfect for Gingerbread Houses – This is the best recipe! No collapsing gingerbread tombs here.
- Template for Gingerbread Tomb (I made a template for the gingerbread tomb in the first photo)
- Easter Candies – We used Jelly Beans, Easter M&M’s, Easter Sprinkle Set (found at Michael’s – link to an alternative), Easter Candy Corns, Chocolate Rocks (found at Michael’s – link to an alternative), Junior Mint Eggs – While I have linked to Amazon for your convenience, I did all of my purchasing at Michael’s and the Dollar Tree
- Angel Cookie Cutter
- Cut Cardboard Box for Base
- Knife and/or Pizza Cutter
How to Make Gingerbread Tombs
Kids of all ages will enjoy making gingerbread tombs. It’s the perfect Easter activity.
I had so much fun decorating my own. My son had a friend over, and they were looking for an idea of what to do. This Easter activity had been in my imagination, and I decided to make it come to life.
The first time they were together, I asked them to design some tomb templates. We all created our own ideas. We then made and baked the gingerbread. The next time this friend came over, we were able to decorate our tombs.
All you need to do is print out the tomb templates provided in the materials list above or create your own. If you use my template, simply cut out all the pieces, lay pieces on rolled-out gingerbread, and cut pieces with a knife and/or pizza cutter. With my template, there are a back wall and two front walls, layered for texture and depth. The small squares are the side of the tomb. One of the rectangles is for the roof. Finally, you have a round stone and an angel.
Alternatively, make your own tombs out of graham crackers and ginger cookies.
My kids loved designing their own templates.
To design your own template, simply make a 3D model out of paper first. Then, lay the paper on the gingerbread to cut out the individual pieces. We used an angel cookie cutter, but kids can always draw their own angels. Don’t forget a circle piece to represent the stone that was rolled away.
Once the gingerbread pieces are cut, baked, and cooled, kids can begin constructing their homes. At the beginning of the build, it is helpful to have two sets of hands to help create stability.
Don’t worry, with the royal icing recipe I linked to, you will not have to hold the pieces together long. Just construct the four walls, adding royal icing to the bottom of the walls to attach the tomb to the cardboard base. Then, add the roof. Since the roof of the tomb wasn’t slanted like a traditional house, it was very easy to make it stable.
Once you have a solid structure, simply decorate to your heart’s desire. Of course, kids want to pile on as much candy as possible. It makes it all that much more festive.
I pray you enjoy this activity with your children. Anything that points them to God’s love, grace, and provision for us is a beautiful thing.