Scavenger Hunt – Day 6 of Resurrection Crafts

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Scavenger Hunt Eggs

This is the sixth day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day six from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Matthew 26:34, and is represented by a feather.

I created my own printable, based off of this blog post from the Dating Divas, for an Easter egg hunt for the hubby. John3-16 & egg scavenger huntWe have a dog, and the 2nd clue mentions the dogs bed.  You may need to change that if you don’t have one.

The list of things I used was:items needed - Page 001

  • 6-large plastic eggs
  • one bag of bunny shaped chocolates
  • one bag of coin shaped chocolates
  • one bag of chocolate Easter eggs (gold)
  • one box of Cadbury eggs
  • one box of marshmallow Peeps
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  • A big prize, namely a bubble gum dispensing chicken

I did this scavenger hunt based off of trying to match the clue with the candy given.  The last prize was a chicken that “pooped out” gumballs – a big hit with my three kids – and subsequently, it’s a gift that includes a bird with feathers.  (A stretch, I know, but that’s what I went with today!)

My 8-year old is the only one who can read at this point, and I could see that made the 4-year old sad.  The three-year old followed the older two everywhere, but the hunt wasn’t the fun part for him – he stopped and opened up a piece of candy every moment he could get.

The scavenger hunt looked something like this:

found Day 6 egg in the basket and read the noteMy oldest found the Day 6 egg in the big basket and read the first clue.

The second egg  at the dog bedThe second egg was at the dog bed in plain view and he read the next clue.

the third clue with the pots & pansThe third clue was hidden with the pots and pans, and that one they had to find in a pot.

what my son was doing the entire timeThis is what my youngest son was doing the entire time.  This is in front of the TV, where they found the next clue.  He was just happy to get chocolate!

Found the prize!The last clue to the kids to the bathroom near their shampoo.

opening up the prizeThis hunt took me at least 30-minutes to prep, with the printing, not including going to Walgreens and buying the candy, and then placing all the candy with the respective eggs.  The hiding was only 5-minutes of my day, and I had to send my kids outside to do it.

It was fun for them, and it made me realize that they didn’t do scavenger hunts very often, so it was a big deal that they even had to follow directions and look for things.  Hmmm….

It looks like I will be doing stuff like this in the future.



Making Stick Crosses – Day 5 of Resurrection Crafts

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Resurrection Garden with CrossesThis is the fifth day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day five from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Matthew 27:2, and is represented by rope.

For this craft, we tied the stick crosses together for our Empty Tomb Garden.

We found the sticks outside. found our sticks outsideWe used beading twine (similar to this: )to tie the sticks into crosses. beading twine and sticks

I first broke the sticks into smaller pieces to make the cross. broken sticks

My oldest child understood how to hold the sticks together so that we could tie them, but the 4-year old and 3-year old did not know how to do this.  Thankfully, I was able to tie them together myself.

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img_0737After wrapping the twine around the sticks about fifteen to twenty times total in the various directions, we tied a double knot to close it up.

finished crossI had my kiddos place the crosses where they wanted to in our little garden.  The whole project took less than fifteen minutes.

As always, I hope you’re having fun!

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Shaving Cream Dyed Easter Eggs

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Shaving Cream Dyed Easter EggsThis was such a fun way to dye Easter eggs!

Materials we used to dye Easter eggs with shaving cream: materials

  • hard-boiled eggs
  • foam shaving cream (the gel type will not work)
  • food coloring
  • glass pans
  • wooden skewers (toothpicks or plastic knives would also work)
  • old egg carton (or paper plates with paper towels on top to “set” the wet eggs on)
  • paper towels

We did this craft outside for easy clean up with the water hose and so I wouldn’t have shaving cream everywhere inside.  I also had all the kids wear shirts they could get food coloring on, just in case.

 I sprayed the shaving cream in each glass pan, and let the kids play with that by itself for a few minutes.  This activity in itself was exciting and fun as shaving cream is so soft and yet squishy all at the same time. spray cream & playAfter the shaving cream play, I scraped as much shaving cream off their hands as I could (to not waste) and the kids rinsed their hands under the water hose.scrape off the shaving cream to not waste

rinse hands with the hoseThe kids tried to “flatten” the shaving cream in the glass pan on the bottom as best as possible.  I did have to help my three year old with this, and also sprayed a little more shaving cream on top as needed.

Next I showed my children how to drop one drop of food coloring throughout the pan, trying not to concentrate all of the drops in one spot, but ensuring they were dropped throughout.

I had the kids pick three colors each to drop in their dish, to not get crazy with too many colors and end up with brown eggs.

food coloringI gave my children a wooden skewer (but a plastic knife would have worked just as well) to move around the shaving cream.  The results were a beautiful work of art that was going to get ruined.  (This is where I remind you to take lots of pictures for posterity and great memories!) move colors slightly to mix

beautiful art to run the egg throughThe next step is to roll the egg around in the dyed shaving cream.  My daughter and I made a 30-second video of this, as well as took photos.

 rolling the eggBoth my boys mixed the colors on the eggs, rather than rolling, and you can see the result of their mixing was a more even colored egg.  They still came out beautiful, but the rolling effect as on my daughters eggs allowed for the different colors to stick out on the egg individually. mixed colors on the eggs

mixed colors on the eggsThen, we waited.

waiting to dryI had my children wash their hands again.  washed handsWe waited about 10-minutes and I suggest waiting longer to get a deeper hue for the colors. Ours turned out pastel and I think if we have waited ten more minutes, the colors would have been more vibrant.  After they spent time outside, it was time to clean off the shaving cream to reveal the colors.

wiping eggs

wiping eggsThe results were beautiful!  I was surprised.  There’s just no other way to describe it but beautiful (or interesting, I guess.)  The colors swirl around on the shell and the coloring has a certain artistic look to it (in my opinion of course!) shaving cream dyed egg completeOn another “mommy note” – I have let my kids eat the vinegar/food coloring dyed eggs before, but I made it very clear that they could not eat these eggs due to the shaving cream. 0Shaving Cream Eggs - Page 003

0Shaving Cream Eggs - Page 004What a great non-craft day!

If you haven’t been following, we have been celebrating Easter with 12-days of Resurrection Crafts, and this was one our “No Craft” days.  That just means we took a break from coordinating the lesson of Resurrection Eggs with the craft done for the day.

I hope you can try coloring the Easter eggs this way!  I don’t know if we’ll ever going back to regular food-coloring dyed-type again.


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Praying Hands – Day 3 of Resurrection Crafts

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Praying Hands CraftThis is the third day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day three from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Mark 14:32, and is represented by praying hands.

A relatively simple craft, we started out with different colors of paper, some cardstock and some just colored printer paper.  It was folded in half, pressed down well, and I placed the pinky side of my child’s hands along the fold. fold & traceI then traced around the closed hand (verses an open-fingered hand) and cut along the traced lines. cutting the hand out

Open the hands to write, stick a typed up prayer, or just to keep as a reminder to pray.opened hands to place your prayerAs I have three children in various stages of their own Christian walk, and technical savvy, my oldest wanted his prayer typed out, cut and glued onto the inside of his praying hands.  typed up prayer request

glue down the typed up requestglueing the prayer request down

My middle (4-years old) first wanted to “write” her own prayer (hence the scribbles) but made a second set of her hands so I could hand-write her actual prayer request. scribbling a prayer request

hand written prayer requestAnyway you do it, even if it’s like the three-year old who didn’t want anything written in his praying hands, the little hands are a great reminder to pray, just as Jesus did in the Garden. different prayers for different kidsYou bet these little hands will go into the saved paperwork for this mommy…. =)


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Making Bread – Day 2 of Resurrection Crafts

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Make Bread - Day 2 of Resurrection CraftsThis is the second day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day two from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Matthew 26:26, and is represented by bread.

We have a Breadman Ultimate bread maker, a perfect machine for the occasional bread/pretzel dough/jam making family that we are.  (The link takes you to Amazon showing a newer version of our bread maker.)  It’s worked well and is over 8-years old and still runs great.

We used the recipe book to make the bread, and we had all the ingredients for the basic white bread recipe, including yeast, bread flour, oil, sugar, and salt.

The bread maker has a setting that allows for all the ingredients to be placed into the bread maker insert directly.adding salt to the dough

adding yeast to the mix
According to the directions, the ingredients have to be added in a particular order, and more yeast is needed if the bread maker is set for a rapid setting.

We set the bread for the 1-pound rapid setting, so it was done in two-and-a-half (2-1/2) hours. watching the dough getting mixed

It was a little dry, and my husband thinks that was because we didn’t eat it straight from the pan when it was done.  bread is doneThe kids still enjoyed it with butter on top, and we got to enjoy the time together.

We prayed before we enjoyed it, to get the full effect of the time Christ prayed before breaking bread with his disciples.  That’s what it’s all about anyway!


Empty Tomb Garden – Day 1 of Resurrection Crafts

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Empty Tomb GardenThis is the first day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day one from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Matthew 21:8, and is represented by a palm leaf. Day 1 - Resurrection Egg

My family and I made our first Empty Tomb Garden this year, and we broke up the making of the garden vs. the addition of the crosses into two separate days.  You may note that the above photo does not have the crosses, as I included making the crosses on the Rope-Day, or Day 5.

I had left-over moss from a cub scout project involving making terrariums that we used instead of grass seeds. (Go ahead and ask “Who has left-over moss?”  Yep, that’s me.)  It was great because we were able to have an instant garden, rather than waiting for any grass to grow.

We also had the 9-inch planter, the soil, and the decorative rocks, as well as the tomb stone.  The only thing I needed to buy was the 2-inch sized pot (for the tomb itself) and that cost $1.

An overall easy project, we completed it in about 30-minutes start to finish.  The 8-year old helped every step of the way, but the 4-year old and 3-year old were disinterested after the dirt was added.

Materials we used: Materials

  • 9-inch circular planter
  • soil
  • moss (can use grass seed) and spray bottle of water
  • 2-inch pot (for tomb)
  • 2-inch minimum rock
  • optional decorative rock for approach to tomb Decorative Rock

After wiping up the outside of the pot, we place soil in the bottom about half-way up and added water to it. My kids then patted the soil down to squeeze the air pockets out of the loose soil.

1 Add SoilWe then continued adding soil to about 1/2-inch from the rim of the planter.

soil almost to the rimNext we placed the tomb (or the 2-inch pot) and placed soil over the top of it. img_0540My oldest son used his spray bottle (that he got with his terrarium) to spray both the top of the soil and the moss. spraying the soilspraying the moss

We then began placing the moss, over the pot and around the side of the tomb opening.Add moss

moss added

We completed the garden by placing the large rock (the stone that was rolled away) by the opening of the pot, and finally placing the decorative rock on top of the exposed soil.

optional rockI mentioned earlier that I had purchased the moss for a separate reason.  It was purchased off of Etsy.

It’s easy to care for, and all my kids enjoy using the water bottle to spray the moss to water it.

We will be adding our crosses on Day 5.

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12 Days of Resurrection Crafts

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Twelve days of Resurrection Crafts

One of the things I wanted to do with the Resurrection Eggs was do a craft associated with each day (if that was possible.)  This helps the little ones remember an activity, because they can’t read and don’t usually listen to (or understand) the verse anyway.

I got realistic though, because that’s what I do, and made a list of the things I wanted to do with my kids first, and then associated them with a day, trying my best to make them match up with the daily lesson.

Here is the list for you:

Day 1: Palm LeavesMake an Empty Tomb Garden  Empty Tomb Garden

Day 2: BreadMake Bread

Day 3: Praying in the GardenPraying Hands Craft

Day 4: Coin – No Craft Day planned, but we are going to color Easter eggs

Day 5: Rope – Make Stick Crosses (Tying Knots) and placing them in the Empty Tomb Garden

Day 6: Rooster/Feather – Scavenger Hunt (last prize is a jelly-bean pooping chicken) [They’re kids remember!]

Day 7: Crown of Thorns – Make Cookies with “Thorns”

Day 8: Purple Robe – Make purple planting paper (based off of this Instructable)

Day 9: Cross – Clay and bead cross-shaped pendents

Day 10: Tomb – Marshmallow (Food) Empty Tomb

Day 11: Fish – No Craft Day (Read an Easter book)

Day 12: Cloud Craft – Printable Cloud Craft with Rainbow “Thanks”

Ambitious, yes, I know.  It’s how I roll.  If I don’t get one done, then we can tackle it on the ‘No Craft Days.’

Easter is so important.  I want the kids to know why and to remember many things about it from their childhood experiences.

How I did it:

I created and printed the following cards, cut them out and placed them in numbered eggs.

daily large egg insert

Craft EggsAll of the eggs were put in one basket and the kids open the corresponding craft in the large egg, after the opening of the resurrection egg. opening up Easter eggs is so fun

It’s always fun to open up Easter eggs to see what’s inside!

I will update this post with the links as soon as I write them.


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