I teach the elementary kiddos at our church and I wanted to try something different this year to share the Easter story. I've done the jelly bean and eggs thing so I wanted something else. I then remembered I had pinned this advent calendar punch box to my pinterest board which sparked the idea for a Punch Box Easter Story.
Now, the version I found seemed a bit too involved for the amount of time I had available (I was also planning our church's easter egg hunt). So I made my way to good ole Walmart and as I came across the kleenex isle I knew I had found my key material! Yes, kleenex boxes! First, they come in pretty patterns which meant I wouldn't have to decorate them with any additional materials. Second, It already had a whole cut out...one less extra step to my DIY. And third, they were only $1.
So here's what you'll need:
- 9 kleenex boxes (I got mine at Walmart, you can also get them cheap at the Dollar General)
- 1 Foam Board (I got mine at the Dollar General)
- 1 Sheet of Tissue Paper (any color you want-I used orange b/c I already had it and it went with the colors on the boxes)
- Glue to attach boxes to cardboard (I used gorilla glue)
- Glue stick to attach tissue paper to boxes
- White Paint Pen (if you are using a black foam board)
Here are the instructions:
I ended up making the circle bigger on the box because it made it easier to get all the kleenex out at once. Then, I measured the box so I could cut the tissue paper to the right size. I folded the tissue paper so I would only have to make one cut. Hey, gotta save time where you can. Also, make sure to place your item inside the box before you add the tissue square and keep track of which items put inside. :)
The picture on the left shows you the aftermath!
I wish I could have taken pictures of the kids as they were punching each box. They couldn't wait to do it and I had their full attention as I told them the story of Easter.
I spent a total of $10 dollars and it was worth it!
One thing I wanted to do but ran out of time was to have all 9 items of the easter story set up at different tables and then give each kid a small bag with a piece of paper explaining what each item meant. Then, as we punched each box, kids would head to the table that had that item and add it to their bag this way they could take it home and tell the story to their family. So maybe you can try that yourself!
Hope your kids love this DIY as much as our children did!