Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Our Easter Garden (Tutorial)

     This picture has been floating around cyberspace in the past few days. I fell in love with it at first sight. I mean, how often do you see hands-on visuals for teaching the story of Christ’s death and resurrection? I took the kids to the garden shop the other day and we picked out the items we needed to re-create this lovely Easter garden. 

The kids kept running from shelf to shelf trying to decide which pot was the best….which size, which colour.  Yep, they’ve inherited their mother’s indecisiveness when it comes to colours! Smile


We left the shop with a 10 inch blueish-brown ceramic plant tray, a small clay pot, a package of cat grass seed (because it has a 5-10 day germination time, and because the cat would like a snack!), and a bag of potting soil.  We spent about $10.


Once home, we went up to our sun deck and began the project. I enjoyed so much talking to them about Jesus’ death and resurrection while we worked. Here’s how we did it:
We filled the tray with potting soil, and sprinkled grass seeds all around the back and sides of the clay pot.


I didn’t like the orange pot “sticking out” so much, so I mixed some potting soil with water and made a paste, kind of like pitch.  I pressed it all over the outside and inside of the pot. Amazingly, it stayed!  After a few hours, it had dried hard, and remains that way. I was pleasantly surprised at how hard it got- perfect to make the pot look like a cave!


Here is a side view (sorry about the lighting in these pics- we were enjoying the sun so much that lighting was, well, the last thing on my mind).


I sent the kids down to collect some small rocks for the pathway in front of the tomb.


Caleb was thrilled (and so was I) to find this big flat rock- PERFECT for the stone door!


I mixed some more soil with water, and pushed it in around the tomb, making the “hilly” look. Then the kids put some more grass seed on top of that, and then a sprinkling of dry soil. We pressed the little rocks into the soil to make a stone pathway.


Here is the front view of the garden.


Here’s another shot with the stone rolling away.


Caleb insisted that there be soldiers in front to guard the tomb, “just like in the Bible,” he said. Smile Yes, those soldiers have metal detectors….the only other ones he had were carrying guns….We decided that these look more authentic. Smile


And the next morning when I went to open the curtains, I peeked inside our tomb, only to discover another addition.  Caleb had gone to bed worried that there was no Jesus in there (we plan to take him out and roll the stone away on Easter morning).  I guess he found a solution! lol

As soon as our snow is gone, we will get twigs and make the crosses. For now, we’re waiting on the grass seeds to germinate…the kids are checking for evidence several times a day. Smile

Do you have a special visual that you use to teach the Resurrection? Have you ever made an Easter garden?


Amanda Cunningham said...

I love this! Can't wait to do it with Darius when he's older. =)

Leah@HomeandHeartstrings said...

It would be a neat thing to do with a Sunday School class too....would have to start probably a month before Easter. :)

Holly said...

What an amazing object lesson! Filing this idea away, for sure. :)

Leah@HomeandHeartstrings said...

Yes, I know! I'd like to do one every year now- maybe try different sizes.

Laine said...

This is so neat! And I love the soldiers...my Caleb would definitely have done that, lol. =) Great job! Hoping I can do this with my kiddos. Thanks for the inspiration!

Leah@HomeandHeartstrings said...

Hehe....boys will be boys, eh? :)

Christina said...

Love this, Leah Love the big rock to cover the door, the soldiers, and baby Jesus :)

Plan on doing it this week with my nieces :)

Leah@HomeandHeartstrings said...

They will love it!

Paula said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

Leah@HomeandHeartstrings said...

Glad you enjoyed it :) We are loving watching the grass grow.

Rosa B. said...

I've seen this project and would love to try it! Yours looks great! Love the story about Caleb getting involved with it! :)

Leah@HomeandHeartstrings said...

I've been so thankful about how excited our children get about Easter....you'd think it was Christmas or something. :) They have loved watching the garden grow!