There are a lot of brilliant kid friendly projects out there, especially on Pinterest land. While I was searching for some fun things to do for Good Friday, I found two great hands-on activities. Both are unique ways of explaining the events of Good Friday!
The first one that we found awe-inspiring is a simple “experiment” to show the littles what happened when Jesus died on the cross. You will need:
- a glass plate
- a shiny penny
- some colored water (we used water tinted with a tad of soy sauce)
- a candle
- matches or a lighter
- a glass cup
Place the penny on the plate and explain that the penny represents all of us. Then slowly pour the colored water over the penny until there is enough that covers the penny. Explain that the colored water represents sin and that we were all covered in it.
Next, put the candle on the plate with the water surrounding it and light the candle. Explain that the candle represents Jesus and the lit flame is his life.
After the candle has warmed the air around enough (about 5 seconds), cover the lit candle with the glass cup explaining that the glass represents the crucifixion. Doing this will cause the flame to go out and create a vacuum sucking up the water around the candle. Explain that once Jesus died, all of our sins were taken away.
The kids LOVED this one and they kept taking turns putting the glass over the candle to see the water get sucked up!
The second project we did today was a watercolor resistant painting of the cross. You will need:
- White paper
- White Crayons
- Watercolor paint
- Paint brushes
Before the kids get started painting, take each paper and draw a cross with white crayon. Press pretty hard otherwise it doesn’t show up well after painting it.
After you are done with drawing the crosses, let the kids come to the table. I didn’t tell my kiddos what the mystery drawing was so that they had to uncover it! You should have the paper (with the crosses already drawn), paint, brushes and water set up for them.
Let them sit down and paint their paper to discover the secret message! It is a fun way to discuss Good Friday even further.
Hope you enjoy your day and if you celebrate, Happy Easter! If not, happy weekend!