Wednesday, March 20, 2013

DIY Easter Mountain: A Fun and Practical Way To Help the Kiddos Think About Christ at Easter

When we started changing up our Easter traditions around here, I wasn't quite sure where to start.
I knew nothing of Pinterest {not sure it even existed then!}.
When I googled "religious Easter crafts", I didn't really find what I was looking for.
Somehow I stumbled upon a a little book online. I didn't have any idea who the author was, and not all the ideas were for us, but there were some keepers.
One of our favorites is the Easter Mountain.
My kiddos look forward to this one every year. 
All you need is flour, water, salt, oil, sticks, a rock, and some paint, if you wish.

Easter Mountain

4 c. flour
1 1/2 c. water
1 1/2 c. salt
1 Tbsp. oil

Knead ingredients together in a large bowl.
Add small amounts of water as needed until the texture is Play-Dough like.
Place onto a cookie sheet and shape the whole lump of dough into a mountain. The size will be determined by the volume of your dough.
Leave an opening on one side of the mountain that will represent the tomb, using a can to hold the
space open.
Using one of your sticks, poke a deep hole into the top of the mountain, making it a bit larger than the actual circumference of the stick, because the hole will get smaller as the mountain bakes.
Twist toothpicks or fork tines into the dough randomly around the hill to make places for flowers, trees, or Chenille stick people.
Press the rock  that will cover the tomb against the opening to shape it and make a better fit for placing the rock in front of it when Jesus is put in the tomb.
Bake at 250 degrees for 3-4 hours.
When cool, color as desired with paint.
Make a simple cross out of sticks, and place in appropriate hole.
Make simple people out of Chenille sticks (as we did when the kiddos were really small), or skip the people and decorate with flowers and such so that it is more like a garden (which my kiddos prefer now).

Let your kiddos play with the mountain and act out the story as much as they wish before Easter.
On Easter Eve, we put something to represent Jesus into the tomb {a Chenille stick person or a clay figure, either one wrapped in a bit of cloth}. On Easter morning, they will find the stone rolled away, and the tomb empty!

1 comment:

  1. That is a great idea! We'll have to try it out some time! I bet my boys could even figure out how to make something out of Legos...We shall see. :) Thanks for the idea! Love ya!