I wanted to come up with an Easter craft that speaks to the true meaning of Easter. This Mosaic Cross Craft for Easter was the result, and it is perfect for kids of all ages. 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.
Mosaic Cross Craft for Easter
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.
Thanks for your sweet comment on google+. I just had to pop by here and visit your blog, and I’m SO glad I did. This mosaic cross craft is so great…I’m going to have to share it with my Mom who is the c.e. director at my home church in New York. She is always looking for activities that can point the kids to the cross!
Pinning it to my Kiddos Board for that one day in the future when I hope to have kids of my own. Thanks, Jodi!
Thank you so much for coming by here, Lauren. I’m glad you found me too. I really appreciate you showing the love and passing it on! Blessings on you!
This is a sweet craft and pre ions children learning while they craft. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful Easter.
Thanks you so much for commenting, Linda. It was a lot of fun for us to do but gives such an important message.
this is a such a lovely craft! the ladies group in my church is going to spend a morning at a home for dementia patients and we are looking for a simple yet beautiful craft to do with them. thank you for sharing your lovely kids and the beautiful yet simple craft with us. god bless you.
This comment makes me really happy. Thank you so much for caring for these dementia patients and putting your heart to finding meaningful activities that they’ll be capable of doing. I love this, and it really did make my day!
Love this! I work at a nursing home and i’m always looking for easy yet meaningful crafts. This will be perfect for them. Thanks for sharing!
I had another woman comment that she was going to do this with the elderly in her care. I love that. Thanks so much for commenting! I hope it is truly meaningful for them. It can be such a forgotten people group, and I am so glad you take the time to work with them. Thank you for that!
Thank you so much for this craft!! I found it by accident when we had to stay home Palm Sunday and the kids were really missing Children’s Church. We used tissue paper and I diluted my glue with water. They turned out beautifully!! Thank you so much for the idea and the template! The girls loved it!
I’m so glad you had fun and used it as an option for Palm Sunday. Using tissue paper is a great alternative. Blessings on your Easter!
Lovely craft, I’m going to use it for Holy Cross today. One little correction:
bowl = a small dish used for holding food
bowel = common word for the intestine
Hahaha! What a funny typo. I’m glad they’re not collecting paper in their bowels. Have fun with the project!
Looking forward to engage my CCD class in making the cross mosaic. I enjoy your website & your instructions are so helpful. Have a Blessed Easter.
Thank you so much! I hope you have a wonderful Easter also!