“He himself bore our sins, in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
Our children hear a lot about the cross Christ carried on the way to His death and about His resurrection three days later, but may not always understand its significance.
The cross of Christ is the ultimate symbol of hope. Helping children make a cross with their own hands could make its symbolism more meaningful to them. In this precious sunday school craft, we create a cross painting on canvas, using tape and tempura paint or watercolors.
Cross Canvas Painting (Sunday School Craft)
– Canvas for painting
– Masking tape
– Paints (red, orange, green, purple, blue)
1. Apply tape onto the canvas in the shape of a cross, making sure to push down edges to create a good edge seal.
2. Allow children to apply paint with their fingers or a brush – whichever they (or you prefer). They can create swirls, rainbows or anything else they want! Let them be creative!
3. Allow the pain to dry, and then peel off the tape to reveal a white cross.
Explain to kids that Jesus died on the cross and was then resurrected. Ask them how they feel about the sacrifice he made and his rebirth.
Discuss the meaning for each of the colors that were used in their painting:
Red = God’s sacrifice, mercy and life
Orange = character (the fruit of our lives)
Green = growth, renewal, fertility, freshness
Purple = royalty. “God is the King of Kings”
Blue = peace, calmness and serenity
Also explain the colors white and black:
White = symbolizes righteousness and black symbolizes sin, evil, and the absence of the light of God.
We can use the symbolism of white and black in our lives. Think of good thoughts and deeds as shining in our Lord’s light and think of dark thoughts and deeds as being “in the absence of God’s Light.” Jesus rose from His tomb after three days and came back to life so we could live with Him in heaven forever. Let us strive to live in His light every day.
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