Lent may not be the most exciting time of year, but it is one of my favorites to teach about in my kindergarten classroom. I teach in a Catholic School and we spend a significant amount of time learning about the Stations of the Cross and “the sad story of what happened to Jesus” as I describe it for my students. No matter what sad part of the story we are discussing, I always remind my children of the happy ending when Jesus was able to rise from the dead!
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We remember Jesus during Lent in several ways. The children are working to do good deeds at school as well as at home. We are studying each Station of the Cross and listening to the story of each one during Lent. Tomorrow I am going to introduce Resurrection Eggs to the students and then there are the crafts. This simple stained glass cross window decoration is my favorite Lenten craft to create in the classroom. By now, my students are stained glass experts (they require very few instructions from me) and these beautiful crosses look stunning when they hang in my classroom windows. I'm thrilled to share a tutorial for this simple craft with you today.
- Two, 9×14″ sheets of clear contact paper per child
- one cross frame cut out of black construction paper per child
- various colors of 1″ tissue paper squares (make your own or buy pre-cut squares here)
To begin, peel and set one piece of clear contact paper sticky-side-up on each child's desk. Carefully place the cross frame onto each child's piece of contact paper (I usually do this task while the class is away from their seats – either playing with toys or while they are at a special). Place a small basket of multicolored tissue paper squares within easy reach of each child.
When the students are ready, they can begin to fill their black cross frames with the tissue paper squares. For best results, students should do this part carefully and place only one tissue paper square onto the contact paper at a time.
Once the crosses are completely filled with tissue paper squares, peel a second piece of clear contact paper and place it sticky side down on top of the cross. This “seals in” all of the tissue paper squares and prevents any fly away pieces.
Each child can trim the excess plastic from around their crosses to complete the project.
Every child's completed cross project is completely unique and oh-so-brightly colored!
Hang the completed crosses in a window with a piece of scotch tape. It's the perfect Lenten and Easter craft that also doubles as a springtime decoration.
I love how these crosses look hanging in the windows of my kindergarten classroom.
More Stained Glass Window Decorations
These posts feature other stained glass window decoration projects. Be sure to check them out for more fun ideas that will bring a festive touch to your windows!