Easter is just around the corner, and while it's great to celebrate with the Easter Bunny, chocolates and eggs, for Christians, Easter is so much more than that.
Of course, when you have really young kids, it's a difficult occasion to explain, but we do it slowly and simply. A great way to teach kids about tradition and belief is through arts and crafts.
Today, with an 18 month old and a 4 year old, we made stained glass crosses -- and it was a big success, too.
You'll need tissue paper in various pastel shades, cut into small squares, white glue, a foam brush, black or brown paper, scissors and a plastic sheet or contact paper.
Cover your plastic sheet in a thin layer of white glue using the foam brush, then have your kids go to town adding the tissue paper to the glue. No pattern is necessary. While they've doing that, cut out a the shape of a cross, and then cut out the inside of the cross so you're left with an outline. Cover one side of it in glue and adhere it to the tissue paper. Cover another plastic sheet in glue and lay it on top of the tissue paper. You can also add a black thread or ribbon to hang the cross. Allow the glue underneath to dry, and then trim around the cross.
Using a 3M hook or tape or whatever you have laying around the house, display your crosses in a bright window and be amazed how something so simple can be so beautiful.