by Karen & Grace Morris
The empty tomb craft can double as an Easter card. It uses easy to find materials, so it is great to make in Sunday school.
For Christians, Easter is about Jesus, who died and rose again.
After Jesus and his disciples had a meal (the Passover) he went to a quiet place to pray. They arrested Jesus and brought him before the chief priest and the Sanhedrin. Finally, he was brought before the Roman leaders.
They sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion. He had to die on the cross.
After Jesus died, he was buried in a tomb. In those days, people were buried in caves. A big stone was in front of the entrance so no one could get in or out. Also, a Roman guard stood at the entrance of the tomb.
On Sunday Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to the tomb. What did they find? The rock had been rolled away. When they entered the tomb, there was not a dead man, but an angel. He said that Jesus was not here, but has risen. They were told to tell the other disciples. This is why Christians celebrate Easter.
You can read about Christ’s death and resurrection in the Bible. Find the story in Matthew 26:17- chapter 28, Mark 14:12- chapter 16, Luke 22:7- chapter 24, and John 18- chapter 20.
You will need;
Fold the brown paper in half. Make a tomb by rounding the corners.
Cut a black rectangle 1/2 by 6 inches and glue vertically to the front of the card. Also, cut a 1/2 by 4-inch rectangle and glue across the top to make a cross.
Fold the tan paper in half and round the top so that it looks like the brown paper.
Write 1 Corinthians 15:4 on the paper. 1 Corinthian 15:4 says “And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”(KJV)
Glue the tan paper to the inside of the brown paper.
Cut a black rectangle approximately 5 by 7 1/2 inches. Round the top so that it looks like the tan and brown pieces. Glue to the tan paper.
Your Sunday school class can put on a puppet show with the easy-to-make Empty Tomb Craft. Everything is provided in the PDF.
It comes in color for a quick craft. Or you can print the pages in black and white and have your students add their own details.
The PDF includes the tomb and finger puppets for;
There is also a paraphrase of the Bible story and easy to follow directions.
Happy Easter! I hope that you have enjoyed making the empty tomb craft. Send the card to friends and family and tell them how much you love them.