The store shelves are loaded with brightly colored Easter candy; it’s not surprising that children start to think that the whole point of Easter is chocolate! If you’re a parent who wants to teach your youngsters about the real meaning of Easter, there are some great tools out there for you. One of my favorite activities to prepare kids for Easter is using a box of Resurrection Eggs.
A box of Resurrection eggs contains 12 eggs, each containing an item that will help the parent or adult tell the Easter story. Kids love to discover what each egg holds and how that fits into the story of Easter. This activity requires some assembly ahead of time but it’s easy and fast.
What you’ll need:
- 1 empty egg carton
- 12 plastic eggs
- 1 palm frond or a green leaf
- a perfume sample or a cotton ball or bit of cloth sprayed with perfume
- dimes or nickels
- A little cracker or an individual plastic communion cup
- a feather or a picture of a rooster
- a piece of purple cloth or a small stick from a thorn bush
- a cross made from two small sticks
- a little piece of sponge soaked with vinegar
- a scrap of white cloth
- a few whole cloves, cinnamon or other spices
- a small stone
If you don’t have the item on the list, you can substitute something that also reminds you of the verse associated with that particular egg. You can also switch out verses from the other Gospels. This particular set of verses does a great job of telling the story of the crucifixion and resurrection. (I got most of the ideas from the handout from AWANA clubs.)
Here are the Bible verses that correspond with the items in each egg:
1. Palm frond or other green leaf:
John 12:12-13 Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[e]
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
2. Perfume sample or cotton ball sprayed with perfume:
Matthew 26:6-7 Jesus Anointed at Bethany
6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
3. Dimes, nickels, or other silver coins:
Matt. 26:14-16 Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
4. Cracker or individual communion cup:
Matthew 26:26-28 Communion
26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[b] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Matthew 26:3-34 Peter’s Betrayal
33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”
34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”
6. Piece of purple cloth or small piece of thorny branch:
John 19:1-5 Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified
1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.
4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”
7. Cross (necklace or one made of small sticks):
John 19:16-18 The Crucifixion of Jesus
16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
8. Piece of sponge soaked in vinegar:
John 19:28-30 The Death of Jesus
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
9. Scrap of white cloth:
John 19:40-42 Jesus’ body wrapped for burial
40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
10. Cloves, cinnamon, or other spices:
Mark 16:1-2 Jesus Has Risen
1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb
11. Small stone:
Mark 16:3-4 Stone is rolled away
3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.
12. This egg will be empty to symbolize the empty tomb!
Mark 16:5-6 The tomb is empty!
As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
Hint: If you number the eggs with a sharpie, you won’t have to open every egg to find the particular egg you want to talk about.
You can buy sets of Resurrection eggs, all ready-made, online if you don’t have time to hunt down all the individual items. I imagine you can also pick up a carton of them from your local Christian bookstore. If you google “Resurrection Eggs” you’ll come up with a LOT of results. This year, my favorite version of Resurrection Eggs comes from AWANA clubs.
Barb, writing for My Sister’s Kitchen
PS: I’m coming back to add a link to another cool idea: Resurrection Cookies. Go read about them! It’s a great idea for teaching kids.
For a fun activity to decorate Easter Eggs with your kids, check out how I use old silk ties and scarves to make gorgeous eggs on My Sister’s Kitchen.