He is Risen! The resurrection is WHY we are Christians and it's a true joy to pass on the lesson to our children. Use these DIY Easter Resurrection Miniatures to create a Montessori-Inspired lesson for your homeschool and church preschool.
DIY Easter Resurrection Miniatures
I'm so excited to share with you a very hands on way to share the story of The Passion and Easter with your little ones. After you collect and create your miniatures, use them in your 12 Days of Silver Boxes (more on how to make your boxes at the bottom of this post) as a way to remember the resurrection with your children.
This is a great activity to bring to your church preschool. There are plenty of materials for all your students and the boxes can be reused again each year!
DIY Easter Resurrection Miniatures Materials
- Shrinky Dinks Paper
- Black Magic Marker
- Colored Pencils or Crayons
- Baby Farm Animal Safari Toob or Good Luck Minis or Mind Crafts
- Schleich Rooster (optional)
- Perfume Bottle (optional)
- Silver Dollar or Silver Coins
- Miniature Glass Bottles
- Miniature Bowl or Bucket (optional)
- Miniature Cup (optional)
- Red Food Coloring
- Small Twigs
- Wire for the Cross
- Rose Bush Thorns and Wire for the Crown
- Little Sponge (cut from a dish sponge)
- Three Nails
- White and Purple Cloth
- Safari Toob Flowers (optional)
- Silver Boxes or Plastic Eggs
This is a great time to get creative with what you have at home and what you would like to purchase. Make sure to take a look inside your home before purchasing. You may find many of these miniature objects in your homeschool or craft supplies.
DIY Easter Resurrection Miniatures Instructions:
I used several miniature objects that I already had in my Montessori language materials. The miniature objects I used were:
- farm animals (donkey, rooster, and sheep/lamb)
- a flower
These miniature objects can be collected from Safari TOOBs or small plastic farm figurines (see examples above.)
Or some of these items can be found around the house. If you do not own these miniature objects, then you can always create them using Shrinky Dinks or purchase them with the links provided in the materials list.
I created the following objects using Shrinky Dinks paper:
- palm leaves
- glass of wine
- praying hands
- the angel
I Googled outlines of these objects and then traced them onto the Shrinky Dinks paper. I made the original shape 3x bigger. It shrinks down about 2/3 the original size. I traced the outlines of the objects with pencil first so that I could erase a mistake if needed. Then I copied over the pencil drawing with magic marker.
Next, I colored in the object with crayons or colored pencil. This is something you can have the kids help you do.
Then I cut the object out, put it into the toaster oven, at the recommended heat on the instructions that come with the Skrinky Dinks paper.
A few other objects that I crafted were:
- the crown
- purple robe
- white strips of linen.
I crafted the crown of thorns with a thorny rose bush stem. I carefully shaped it into a circle and then secured it with craft wire. I used craft wire that is thin enough to be clipped with scissors.
I created the cross by finding a twig and breaking it into two pieces. I used the craft wire to mold the two pieces together to create the cross shape.
Next, I cut out a purple square cloth with little short sleeve arms and a neck hole for the purple robe.
Lastly, I cut some white material into long strips for the grave clothes.
I also ordered tiny glass bottles (1 ml) and the perfume bottle from Amazon. I filled four glass bottles with water and added red food coloring to three of them to represent the blood of Jesus. One I left with just water for the washing of the feet. One bottle I filled with spices (cloves.) And the last bottle I filled with vinegar for the sour wine that was given to Jesus with sponge on the cross.
Easter Resurrection Miniatures
1. Triumphal Entry (Donkey and Hosanna Palm Leaves) - Matthew 21:7-8
2. The Anointing (Perfume Bottle) - John 12:2-3
3. Betrayal Money (Silver Dollar) - Matthew 27:3-4
4. Washing the Feet at the Last Supper (Water, Bucket, Feet) - John 13:14-17
5. The Last Supper in the Upper Room (Lamb, Wine, Bread) - Luke 22:17-19
6. Jesus Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane (Praying Hands, Blood, Cup) - Luke 22:41-44
7. Betrayed with a Kiss and Cut Off Ear (Lips, Sword, Ear) - Luke 22:48-51
8. The Trial of Jesus (Crown of Thorns, Purple Robe, Blood) - Mark 15:16-20
9. The Rooster Crows (Rooster) - Luke 22:60-62
10. Jesus on the Cross (Cross, Vinegar, Sponge, Nails, Blood) - John 19:28-30
11. The Tomb (Rock, Linen Grave Cloth, Spices) - John 19:40-42
12. Jesus is Risen (Flower, Angel) - Matthew 28:5-8
12 Days of Silver Boxes (Similar to Resurrection Eggs)
These beautiful silver boxes can be opened for each day during the passion week. The mini objects and written out verses that match, can be placed into each box for your child to open and discover the story within.
DIY Easter Resurrection Miniatures Benefits:
Use your set of resurrection miniatures and boxes to remind children each year of the story of The Passion.
These miniatures align right along with the Montessori philosophy to make materials inviting and child size. I suggest keeping a list of the materials you have on hand for this activity and pull it out each year to help celebrate Easter with your children each year.
I hope you enjoy the creation process and find ways to have your children lend a hand in creating their DIY Easter Resurrection Miniatures!
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