Heather McCoy wanted to find an activity for "the littles" while adults and older children folded palms and filled Easter eggs - a pre-Easter tradition at Ascension Lutheran Church in East Lansing, Michigan, where her husband serves as pastor. She chose four Easter-themed Sally Beck images from the Visual Faith® Ministry website, with the idea for children to paint them to be displayed as decorations in the gym for their upcoming Easter brunch.
In preparation for the activity, the images needed to be poster size. They were sent to Office Max and printed on 36x24 55 lb paper.
It was decided to mark off sections on each picture with painter's tape. "This was behavior management," Heather says, "to make sure that all the children had their own spot to paint." She credits her daughter Kaitlyn with the idea to criss cross the tape to create a stained glass pattern.
Heather posted about her idea on the Visual Faith® Minsitry Facebook page, explaining her idea and asking for advice on painting supplies. Her plan was to use watered down tempera paint (because they had some!) and provide sponge brushes to apply it. Within several hours she had received six replies and some very useful advice!