FRIENDLY FISH! A NOTE FROM MS. ERIN & A SPECIAL CRAFT FOR YOU

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FOR ALL OUR FRIENDLY FISHES . . . LET'S GET READY FOR EASTER!

Helllooooo Friendly Fish Parents!

I hope all of you are staying virus-free and maintaining at least a reasonable level of sanity in your quaran-time.  I am so looking forward to teaching your toddlers this Sunday on our most special Sunday of the year - Easter! Maybe even more so than past years, I find myself trying to really tap into Holy Week and hoping the Truth and Hope of it resonates with my kids.  I am praying the same for your kiddos.  

I wanted to reach out to give you our lesson craft (attached) in advance so you can work on it with your kids.  It’s a fairly simple print, color, cut craft, but I would love for you to engage in it with your kids on Good Friday (if you can) or Saturday.  Below are some simple instructions for making your “Empty Tomb”, and I also attached a picture of my completed example. If you don’t have time, don’t worry!  I will talk about it in my video, but I promise to not make anyone feel like they missed out. Reach out to me with any questions or if there are specific ways I can pray for you this week!  

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Directions:

  1. On Good Friday, print out the pdf & have your child(ren) color the tomb, stone and Jesus.
  2. Cut out the pieces.  There is also a strip to make a stand if you would like (I did).  If you use the stand, also cut a small slit at the base of the tomb opening so Jesus can stand up inside (I realize this is nonsense as Jesus was not standing in the tomb but perhaps less traumatic for your toddlers).
  3. Using a brad (if you have one), poke a hole in the stone where the black circle is and attach the stone to the tomb front so it can “roll away”. If you don’t have a brad, just glue a small portion of the stone to the tomb front so it can swing open like a door.
  4. Talk to your kids about the crucifixion.  Tell your child(ren) that after Jesus died on the cross, they laid him in the tomb.
  5. Before Easter morning, remove Jesus from the tomb.  During our lesson time, I will use my example to talk to the kids about his friends finding the tomb empty.  He is risen!  

- Ms. Erin (also known as "Everett and Maya's Mom")