Tessa is a creative mother to three little kids and a Mommy Convos reader. When we saw her Instagram picture of the most adorable and unique Easter Resurrection Garden we got in contact. The Mommy Convos team asked Tessa to share with you, our readers, how Tessa is making this Easter holiday have depth and meaning with her little kids.
Resurrection Garden by Tessa Rosales
If you ask my children what gifts they received for Christmas, they wouldn’t be able to tell you- that’s how far down in the toy box they are. Now, ask them to tell you stories of Jesus and they will happily do so. Choosing to focus our holiday celebrations on Jesus Christ has brought into our home beauty and joy unmatched!
After having such a meaningful Christmas, I was eager to begin preparing for Easter this year. A few weeks ago I started reading the book: Jesus the Christ, by James E. Talmage, specifically the final chapters about Christ’s life. I chose to read a few pages of this novel at a time.
Pausing to savor and reflect on Talmage’s words, I felt inspired to teach my children what Easter is really about. Eggs and baskets have their place and we plan to do those, but I also wanted to incorporate a special project we could do together. One of the first ideas I came across was a Resurrection Garden. After seeing how beautiful they could be, I knew my children and I would want to put one together.
How to make your own Resurrection Garden and Lesson:
1. Look at your timeline. How many days or weeks in advance of Easter do you have? If you want a full grown garden by Easter morning then getting started a month in advance is best. If you aren’t fussy and just want some green popping through the dirt then give yourself at least ten days. Being excited about the project, we planted six weeks before Easter. If you are 2+ weeks out, pick up a small bag of quick sprout grass seed and any flower seeds you’d like.
*If you don’t have enough time, I have a quick and alternate planting version just for you- hang tight!
- Gather your supplies.
-large flower pot or pot saucer
-small flower pot
-round rock (large enough to cover the opening of the small pot)
-twigs and twine
To make your crosses, take one long twig and one short twig and make a “t”, using the twine to wrap around and secure them. Reinforce with hot glue if needed.
Those are the basics, but encourage your children to get creative. We painted our pot and added sand and small rocks. Part of the fun is the process, initiating conversations with your child as you go.
- Time to sow! Fill your flower pot with soil until you are about 2-3″ from the top. Place the small flower pot on its side and press it down into the soil so about 1/4 of the pot is underneath. Add more soil until the small pot is completely covered and a hill is formed. Sprinkle your grass seed liberally where you want grass growing. Press the seed into the soil gently. For ours, we only placed the seeds on the hill so nothing would cover the opening of our tomb. Add another layer of soil to cover your seeds and using a spray bottle, water your soil until moist, but not flooded. Add your crosses and tombstone and any other additions.
- Watch and care. Place your garden in partial to full sun indoors or outdoors. For best results, keep the soil moist and never let it fully dry out. Our marigold flower seeds were sprouting after just one week. Our grass followed a few days later.
- Easter Lesson. On Easter Sunday, discuss with your children how in the beginning, the world was nothing. Just like we formed this garden, God created the earth. Because of the fall of Adam, sin entered the earth and we needed a Savior. Talk about how Christ was born. He taught the people and performed many miracles. When Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem, the people scattered palm branches in his path- just like we scattered grass seed all over our garden.
When we water our garden, we are reminded that Jesus wept because of His love for each of us. But because He proclaimed to be the Son of God, there were people who hated Him and wanted Him killed. Talk about Christ being crucified and how He was hung on the cross.
Roll your rock over the opening of the pot and explain: when Christ’s body was taken down, He was placed inside a sepulcher and a tombstone was used to close it. Share with them that even though we make mistakes, we can be forgiven because Jesus died for us.
Now, roll the rock away and retell how after three days the tomb was empty because Jesus’ spirit reunited with his body. Explain that the Resurrection is like the grass and flowers we planted. They grew and sprung forth as new life just like the Savior did. Because the Savior lived again, so can we.
*For an alternate version that doesn’t require as much time in advance (or patience):
Prepare your garden as directed above without planting seeds. Talk to your children about how sad it must have been for the friends and family of Jesus to know He was killed.
Then, grab potted flowers, moss, and other greenery to plant the night before Easter morning. Your children will wake up to find a beautiful Resurrection Garden that now represents new life because of our Savior’s sacrifice.
My kids gladly took on the responsibility of watering our Resurrection Garden anytime they noticed the soil getting dry. The pure excitement they showed when our first seedlings emerged in our Resurrection Garden was almost like Christmas morning!
Our Resurrection Garden has become a conversation piece for both our family and visitors. I love that it’s not only a beautiful decoration, but a hands-on teaching aide for my little ones to know and understand the meaning of Easter. Building and growing a Resurrection Garden will continue to be a tradition we look forward to each year! What are your Easter family traditions? Share with us in the comments below!
Tessa is a God-fearing, birth-loving, military spouse and doula transplanted from the red rocks of southern Utah to the Red River of northern Texas. She stays home with her three little loves playing, teaching, reading, writing and indulging in donuts on the regular.