Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!  This has been a truly blessed Easter Season for us.  We started our week with Sarah singing Palm Sunday at Church for the Choir.  Then we began working on our Passion Week poster board (see previous post for instructions) -where we read the Bible passages and discussed the things that took place each day of the final week of Jesus' life.  We then made a symbol/craft of some sort to communicate something about that week to help us remember and affixed it to the square under that day/information.  Good Friday we attended a Worship Service at a friend's Church at noon.  Then we went to another friend's Church for a gallery style depiction of the Passion Week.  You walked in and the Sanctuary was dark except for the small lights that hung over each picture depicting something from each day of the Passion Week.  The final thing you came to was a large wooden cross.  Beside the cross was sheets of paper, nails and some hammers.
We were the only people there at that moment so I snapped a quick picture!
You could write any care, worry, prayer, concern -whatever - and then nail it to the cross.  So creative and cool; cathartic for anyone hurting as well.  It culminated in a gigantic picture of Jesus coming out of the tomb and the Lord's Supper that you could take before leaving.  Finally, we went to a Passover Seder but this Seder was different.  It was led by a Messianic Jew who explained all the symbolism of the Messiah, Jesus, in each aspect of the Jewish Seder.  It was very interesting.  We thoroughly enjoyed it!  Then of course today was Resurrection Sunday!  After Church we had lunch and an Easter Egg Hunt with family at Grandma's house!  It was a truly blessed week focused on what really matters!

Here is our completed poster!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Passion Week Project

I wanted a way to help my daughter really understand what the Passion Week was and how Jesus spent his last week on Earth!  So I put this project together that helps her understand it.  She was doing it with her best friend.  It's not completed (we've only got 3 days done at this posting), but I thought I'd post it free to anyone who wants to use the idea/materials.


Poster Board, construction paper, scissors, glue sticks, glue gun, spare change/pennies, craft stix and raffia or ribbon.

Print out this Passion Week Project Document

Cut it to fit how you want to line up the days on your poster.  I did 3x3x2 but you could do it 3x2x3 or another way.  Be creative and just leave enough room to put the daily craft on.

Take the poster and choose color construction paper and make a cross, gluing it down once you've placed the paper where you want it.  I lined up not only my construction paper but also the cut out pieces of the Passion Week printout so I knew where place everything best before we started glueing anything down.  Like this....

Then we glued down our information....

The next thing we did once we had our information "base" was to discuss each square and picked one idea from the information for that day to base a craft on.  So for the first day with the Triumphant Entry -we decided to make palm branches with a donkey.  The second day we decided to make tables tipped over with change on them to symbolize his cleansing the temple.  The third day we used popsicle sticks and white paper glueing them to each end of the paper and making a scroll - this represented Jesus teaching in the Temple.  The girls wrote the Torah on it and inside the first 5 books of the Bible and used raffia to tie it shut.  I hot glued both the pennies and the "Torah" to the poster board because they are weighty.  Each day we will discuss the information and decide what "craft" will represent something from that day.  I will post when we've completed it.  

To finish our week we are going to attend a Passover Seder and then Sunrise Service!  

You can view my previous post if you'd like to make the salt dough tomb/stone/Jesus in the background.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Easter Eggs - The FUN way!!

So by now you all know I have many uses for shaving cream!  It's such a great sensory tool for kids to explore and they love it.  We made Easter Eggs with shaving cream and food coloring.  They're very simple and it's loads of fun for the kids to mess around in and the eggs come out pretty neat and each one is different.  Half of the fun is the big "reveal" the next day when they rinse them off and see what they ended up with from that big mess!

 Even Mason liked this activity...

They're very easy - just put shaving cream in a bowl or pot.  Add food colors, they can use multiple pots if they want to separate colors or they can swirl, tie-dye or whatever they're "vision" is for eggs/color.  Once the hard boiled eggs are covered with the shaving cream/color, they set them into an egg carton to set overnight.  The next day the just rinse them off and see what they get.  Very easy and very fun!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Easter Party - Resurrection Tomb Project

Today was our last official Wonderful Wednesday class!  We did an Easter Project and Party together to celebrate our completion of the CC year together!  It's been such a blessing to create this journey with these awesome women.  There has been much behind the scenes in the way of support, love extended, shared struggles and encouragement as a result of this group.  God has certainly used it to provide an enriched experience in homeschooling through our CC year.  I've watched the kids craft and create their way through tangible memory pegs with joy.  I know it has been a highlight to our weeks of school!  Truly a humbling and blessed experience.  I'm thankful to the women who jumped in on my idea and believed in me and the vision of Wonderful Wednesdays!

So onto the project!  I wanted to give the kids a hands on project for considering the burial and resurrection of Jesus.  First I thought of doing that cool pot with the three crosses that grows grass that I had seen on Pinterest several times.  It looked neat.  However, I decided it was much more cost effective and gave them more ownership in creating, to have the kids make their own "tombs" out of salt dough (using a tin can as the mold) and then bake them and paint them, adding some embellishments like moss and a cross on the back.  We also added the element of a "Jesus" using wide scoop craft sticks with our own "frankincense and myrrh" with old spices I had and gauze for the wrapping.  It was truly fun and the kids all had neat different versions to how they saw Jesus and his tomb.  I love when you give them enough information to then create something in their own style instead of just simply copying what they see.

So the recipe for the salt dough I used is:

4 Cups of Flour
1 Cup of Salt
1 1/2 Cups of Water
Mix all the ingredients kneading to a playdough type consistency, adding additional water if necessary to get right consistency for molding.

Take the tin can and form the dough around the can and out the side and back forming a "mound" of sorts (good cue to talk about the Mound Builders here!).  If you mold it so that the dough goes out gradually sloping from the can - then it will allow for you to remove the can after you bake it.  It's not necessary to remove the can but if you want to then you need to consider that as you mold the "tomb".  Form a boulder to cover the opening.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until appears to be dried/hardened slightly.  Then let it cool and paint and embellish as you see fit.

For Jesus - you can use the wooden craft sticks that remind me of the ice cream spoons you would get with those little round individual ice creams that you pop the stop off and eat.  They're wider at the top, short and more narrow at the bottom.  The kids took markers and colored pencils and drew Jesus face on them.  Then we took gauze and laid it out adding old sage and parsley spices I had with glue sticks to hold it in place.  Then the kids wrapped up their Jesus.  We cut a separate piece for the headdress as well.  :)

Even Mason enjoyed doing this project today!

We added our spices to our gauze with glue as we "prepared" our cloths to cover Jesus for burial.

Hot glued the crosses to the back of the "tomb"


Celebrated with some delicious fun foods!

AWESOME BUNNY By our very own ERIN!!