Eight thumbs up from my kiddos on this cool lesson. { PS: I am NOT a "crafty mom" (too messy and too many "my turn!!!" tantrums), so know that, if I survived this craft without a panic attack, you can too. } 

Ready? Here's to understanding Easter in a fun, two-minute experiment! Tell the shorties that you are going to explain what happened at the cross, with just a few household items: a small plate, a coin, a candle, matches or a lighter, water, food coloring, and a clear cup. 

 

Place the penny on the plate toward the side, and explain to the kiddos that the penny represents us. You, me, your sisters, our people.

Place a drop of any color food coloring { my tomboy nugget voted for blue } in a small glass of water, and stir. Explain that the colored water represents sin, then pour enough to cover the top of the coin, just as in life we are covered with sin. { You'll want to experiment with the amount of water and see how much to put on the plate for the experiment to work right. } Next take the candle - which represents Jesus - put it near the middle of the plate. 

Light the candle and explain to the nuggets that the flame represents the life of Christ. Tell the kiddos to watch as you take the glass and put it over the lighted candle.

Or a kiddo can assist, mom on stand-by.

The flame will slowly consume all the oxygen in the glass and go out. It will have created a vacuum, which draws the water up inside the glass (surrounding the candle) and leave the coin dry. 

See, on the cross Jesus gave up his life (the flame went out) so that he could take our sins on Himself and we could be free. We are free from sin because of Him. Jesus took the sin and left us clean. See?!

I love a good visual. Keely does too!!!

Let me know if you try it, and what your kiddos thought! Happy Easter, sweet friends!