Cross Resist art Painting for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Easter Cross Resist Art

Easter eggs and Easter bunnies are fun and kids have a blast playing with them and having Easter egg hunts, but let us not forget the true meaning of Easter, Jesus dying on the cross and rising 3 days later to save us from our sins. “For God so loved the world that he gave His only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. 

While reading and learning about Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice, I wanted the kids to have a fun project and visual to remember what Easter really means. We whipped up these fun resist art crosses. Both Little Miss 3 and Little Man 14 months completed this project, and while completed differently, both produced beautiful art pieces that are displayed proudly on our fridge.

Easter Cross Resist Art Painting For Kids

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To complete you will need:


-contact paper cut into a cross

-paint (we used washable finger paints)

-baby wipes-These are one of my must have painting with toddler necessities.)

First you will start out by cutting out a cross shape out of your contact paper. I had miscellanous scrap pieces from other projects and ended up created two different pieces, one horizontal and one vertical and create the crosses. I absolutely LOVE contact paper for resist art vs using painters tape because it is way easier to pull up with little tearing and doesn’t produce as many, if any at all, paint runs underneath it.

Attach the cross to some cardstock.

Cross Resist Art

This was Little Mans first time painting outside of a bag so I was watching him like a hawk. His hands only went to his mouth one time. I started out by giving him a squirt of green along the bottom of his paper. I added it directly to his paper for less mess and easier painting since it was his first time. He smeared it all around with his hands and fingers and when he had it all smeared around I added orange and yellow paint towards the top of the paper and he did the same thing.

Cross Resist Art

He absolutely loved painting and when he was done with his he decided he wanted to try to help sister, who was less than thrilled.

For Little Miss, I gave her the three different colors of paint on a paint tray and she used her fingerprints to created the grass and the sunset sky. I modeled for her what she needed to do and she got to work creating her painting. We used her finger and made a green line across to show the divide between the colors and she filled the bottom with green fingerprints and the top with yellow and orange.

Cross Resist Art

After the kids were done and cleaned up, we hung their paintings up for a few minutes and then I very carefully pulled back the contact paper to reveal the cross. I always like to pull back the contact paper before it is completely dry because it keeps the paint from hardening and ripping the paper as you pull it back.

Cross Resist Art

I absolutely love how they turned out, each one representing the same beautiful site, but complete different and unique.

Cross Resist Art

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. It may be Friday, Good Friday, but Sunday is coming!!! Thank you Jesus for dying for our sins.

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