As parents of little ones we know our children tend to be more engaged when they can use their hands. Resurrection eggs enable children to listen to the Easter story while opening each egg and discovering a part of the Easter story inside of it.
Items needed to make your own set of Resurrection eggs:
- 12 different colored plastic eggs
- An egg carton
- Small props to put in the eggs
Now to fill the eggs:
Egg 1. For this egg use a donkey or a palm branch. In Jesus’ day it was common to walk everywhere. Sometimes kings rode on donkeys or horses. So on the day that Jesus rode into their city, the crowds believed He was their new king and greeted him by laying down palm branches.
Matthew 21:2, 6-8
Egg 2. For this egg use a couple of silver coins. These coins represent the money Judas was paid to betray Jesus.
Egg 3. For this egg use a cup. This represents the last supper Jesus had with his disciples and the special promise he made during it.
Egg 4. For this egg use hands or a prayer symbol. This represents when Jesus spent some time praying in the garden to talk to God alone.
Egg 5. For this egg use a small piece of leather. This represents what they used to whip Jesus when they took him prisoner.
Egg 6. For this egg use a crown. This represents what the soldiers laid on his head.
Egg 7. For this egg use nails or a cross. This represents what the soldiers used to hang Jesus to the cross.
Egg 8. For this egg use a die from a game. This represents playing a game, one like the soldiers played when deciding who would take His clothes.
Egg 9. For this egg use a spear. This represents the spear they stabbed in Jesus’ side to make sure He was dead.
Egg 10. For this egg use a piece of cloth. This represents the cloth they buried Jesus in.
Egg 11. For this egg use a stone or rock. This represents the stone they rolled in front of His tomb.
Egg 12. Leave this egg empty. This represents how the tomb was empty and Jesus rose again!
If you can’t find the specific prop that goes with the egg just use something you can find around your house that aligns with the representation of the egg. Another idea could be to print images of these items to put in the egg. Not only can you teach the Easter Story to Your Children while making the eggs, but then you can use them for years to come. We have three children and each of them has their own set. We pull them out when Lent starts and it’s a great thing they can play with while we read the Easter Story over the weeks leading up to Easter.
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