Resurrection eggs are a wonderful tool to teach the Easter story to children! They can be used with a Sunday school class, with your family, or with neighborhood children to share the Gospel!
You've probably seen Resurrection Eggs in the stores, but you can also make your own. I've seen many options and different ways of making these. The following is what I used with my second grade class at a Christian school.
I asked everyone to bring an empty egg carton in which to place their Resurrection Eggs. I printed a simple Word document onto cardstock which said "Resurrectin Eggs" for them to color and glue to the top of their egg cartons.
I then handed out twelve different colored plastic eggs to each student. They wrote the numbers one through twelve on each egg and also in each space in their egg carton. Numbered stickers could also be used for this.
Next I passed out the items to be placed in each of the Resurrection Eggs along with a Scripture verse for each. They were as follows:
(1) a small plastic branch or leaf
Mark 11:8-10 “Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
(2) a dime
Matthew 26:14-15 “Then one of the Twelve--the one called Judas Iscariot--went to the chief priests and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.”
(3) small bite size saltines sealed with shalaque or something similar
Matthew 26:17-19 “On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?" He replied, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.' So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.”
(4) a small piece of wash cloth
John 13:4-5 “so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”
(5) a small plastic communion cup or let children form small cups from clay
Matthew 26:39 “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this b>cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
(6) a small strip of leather like they use to make bracelets
Matthew 27: 2, 26 “They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.” (26) “Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.”
(7) a small thorn or piece of a small rose bush stem
Matthew 27:29 “and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said.”
(8) hot glue two small twigs together to make a cross that will fit into the egg
John 17:18-19 “Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others--one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
(9) a die (can be purchased in boxes of six by decks of cards at most stores)
Matthew 27:35 “When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”
(10) a small piece of linen cloth or gauze
Matthew 27:59 “Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.”
(11) a stone (you can purchase pretty ones in bags in the craft section of stores)
Matthew 27:66 “So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.”
(12) leave this egg empty
Matthew 28:5-6 “The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
If you don't have time to find real objects for your eggs, try these free printable pictures to put into your eggs!
Resurrection Eggs are a lot of fun to make is an Easter tradition that can help pass along the TRUE story of Easter.
Before Resurrection Eggs ever came out, my family used one large plastic egg (the kind stockings used to come in!). We placed a small cross, a stone and a piece of white cloth inside. Then we wrapped colorful rainbow ribbon around the egg to remind us of God's promises.
This Resurrection Egg was hidden along with all the others for our Easter egg hunt. The one who found this one got a special prize and also got to share the Easter story using the objects held inside: the cross to tell of Christ's crucifixion, the stone to tell of His burial, and the cloth to tell of His resurrection.
Another great idea is to use Resurrection eggs as a meaningful countdown to Easter! Number your eggs 1-12 and then find one each day leading up to Easter with the final egg being the empty one and have an Easter Sunday celebration - "He is risen!" This helps kids (and us!) begin early building our anticipation as we look for our Blessed Hope, and points us to continue to watch for His second coming!
If you don't have time or just want to purchase a set of Resurrection Eggs, Christianbook.com is a great place...here's the link:
|Resurrection Eggs, Updated Edition
Crack open the glorious story of Jesus' resurrection! Stored in a plastic carton, a dozen rainbow-hued eggs are filled with surprises. Pop them open and find miniature symbols of Easter inside! An updated companion booklet in English and Spanish features Bible stories explaining the significance of each object. Includes 12 stickers corresponding to the eggs. Ages 5 and up.