Whenever we have the chance to teach our little ones about Jesus, that’s a good day. As Easter approaches, what better time to talk about the birth, life and death of Jesus as it builds to God’s ultimate promise in Jesus’ resurrection. THIS is our foundation of faith in God and this Easter Garden is the perfect centerpiece for your table!!
It’s really not that hard. Here’s what you’ll need:
-a short basin (I used the bottom tray of a plastic planter)
-a small clay planter
-small bag of soil
-small rocks (can be found in your yard most likely)
-one large flat rock (again, search the yard!)
-grass seed or moss
-some sticks, glue and string (to form three crosses)
-PLUS some gardening gloves to keep the mess to a minimum and a small tool to scoop the soil into you garden.
Fill your basin with soil. Once you have a thin layer of soil in the bottom, place your small planter inside and fill in around it.
Here you can see we filled up the whole basin and all around/over the small planter (you want it to look like a cave.) We wet the soil a little to help pack it all around the small planter.
Then we had scavenged the yard for all kinds of smaller rocks and found one larger flat rock. Place the small rocks in front of your “cave” and the larger rock to the side (for the stone that was rolled away from the grave when Christ arose from the dead.)
Now at this point you can plant grass seeds all over the hill and down the sides. Wheat grass seeds are the best as they germinate and sprout in days (I think about 10 days). But I couldn’t find any wheat grass seeds in any local stores. BUT I spotted a hill of moss on the side of our house so we just carefully skimmed some of that off the ground and laid it on top of our hill. Using little pieces here and there and filling in all the spots.
Then we found some sticks and broke them to the right size and glued them together to form 3 crosses. And our garden was done!
“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him and by His wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
“As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'” Mark 16: 5-7
This was such a beautiful idea, we had to make one for ourselves, see the video here: Resurrection Garden