Ascension of Jesus Crafts for Kids

Ascension Thursday is coming up fast! Last year, I posted cute food ideas for celebrating the ascension. My suggestion for this year? Use a craft as a learning tool for teaching your kids what the ascension is all about! Luckily I have several crafts on display for you to choose from:

Exhibit A: Adorable Ascension craft from Oriental Trading!

Ok, how cute is this ascension craft? You pull the string, and Jesus disappears into the blue paper cup "sky". What a great idea! Ya, you could order the kits from Oriental Trading company... if I had posted this in enough time for you to do so. Ahem. BUT, I'm quite sure that Catholic Icing readers are crafty enough to figure out how to buy their own blue paper cups and cotton balls. I think you could use my printable Risen Jesus for this craft as long as you got big cups (like the plastic solo cups, which totally come in blue).

Exhibit B: Easy Ascension Thursday Centerpiece

In last year's Ascension post, I featured an adorable centerpiece idea. This year I'm planning a simpler verions of it myself. I'm going to fill a wine glass with cotton ball "clouds" and turn it upside down, setting the Risen Jesus from my Printable Resurrection set on top. Ta-da- Ascending Jesus!

Exhibit C: An Ascension Craft from 10 Kids and a Dog.

Not only does this look like a fun craft, but it certainly makes for a striking visual when it's all strung up above your dinner table! Find directions for making this ascension craft here.

If you're looking for a simpler way to celebrate Ascension Thursday with your family this year, try printing a beautiful Ascension coloring page from St. John's for free!

Also, be sure to check out the Catholic Toolbox for lesson plans with tons of ideas and links for the Ascension of Jesus! (Have I ever told ya'll how much I love The Catholic Toolbox? Well, let me tell ya- I LOVE The Catholic Toolbox!) 

I had a rockin' idea for an ascension craft, but our stomach bug has really slowed me down around here. Oh, well- maybe next year! Happy (almost) Ascension Thursday!

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  1. I'm using that Ascension craft with our parish's VBS this year.  When I taught my religious education class about the Ascension, I made my own version of this (I'll have to blog about it when I'm feeling better).  You can take a clear plastic cup, paint it blue and sponge on white puffy clouds and make this.  I used a picture of an Ascending Jesus for my version of the craft, and a foam cloud sticker to pull the string.  It was a total hit with my third graders.

  2. Amazing_Grace102010May 30, 2011 at 9:01 AM

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  3. I love these crafts. thanks for sharing Lacy.

  4. I really like the cup and string one! What a great craft!

  5. I know! Lydia actually made one in preschool, but I accidentally threw it
    away before I took a picture. Whoops! ;-)

  6. Hello Lacy, I really enjoy your website.  I just gave birth to our first son, Nathanael three months ago and being homebound has forced me to reach out to friends through online resources.  I can't wait to be able to do crafts like this with him but I am enjoying every stage and every minute with him now (except tummy time, it hasn't grown on him yet).  Take care and God Bless!

  7. Thanks for the great idea, Lacey!  I made our own version of the craft today and posted some pics on my blog-  Thanks so much for all of your wonderful ideas and faith!  You are an inspiration!  God bless!

  8. Thanks for this great idea.  I made this with my 4 & 7 year old kids today, they loved it.

  9. We made the craft with the cup.  It's such a great idea, and so easy to make on your own.  I'm not a crafty person at all.

  10. Thanks for these great ideas!  My boys made the cute ascension cup craft similar to the one you posted from oriental trading.  We used solo cups and pipe cleaners--they came out great! (I posted pictures of ours on my blog if you're interested in seeing how they look!) Thanks again for all of your wonderful ideas--I really enjoy your site!

  11. Thanks for featuring the Ascension coloring page from St. John's! :)

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