Posted by: Louise | April 14, 2011

An Easter activity for children – Resurrection Eggs

I’ve been looking for a meaningful and age appropriate way to help focus our children on the story and meaning of Easter. At Christmas time we really enjoy counting down to Christmas day and reading a small part of the story each day in December. I was talking to a friend who has older children and was asking her what type of Easter traditions she did with her kids when they were younger. She mentioned that she used “Resurrection Eggs”. I’d never heard of them before and after looking them up online, I’ve discovered I really like the concept. I’ve also found out since that conversation that I’m practically the only one of my friends that didn’t know about them!!

But, incase you are like me, and don’t have a clue what “Resurrection Eggs” are, here’s a summary. You have 12 plastic eggs. In each egg is a small object that correlates with a scripture reading from Holy Week. So far we have had a donkey for Palm Sunday (or Palm Tree Sunday as Ewan keeps calling it) and 30 pieces of silver for Judas betraying Jesus. Others include a sponge with vinegar, thrones, nails, a stone…. I think you can buy a set of ready made eggs, but I just got empty plastic eggs at the shop and filled them myself. We are going to do one every morning till Easter Sunday, but it could also be fun to make it into a scavenger hunt and then sit down and open them and read the story all in one sitting.

Below is my list of what objects and scriptures we are using. I got ideas from a few different site (see the end for links). There’s also a good video here on how to set up your eggs and videos here on what to say for each egg, if you need ideas.

Egg Number 1
Message: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people waved palm branches.
Passage: Matthew 21:1-11.
Item: A small plastic leaf or a piece of a palm branch and a small plastic donkey
Egg Number 2
Message: Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
Passage: Matthew 27:3.
Item: A dime or plastic “silver” money.
Egg Number 3
Message: Jesus ate the Last Supper with His disciples.
Passage: Matthew 26:17-19.
Item: A small piece of cracker to represent the passover bread.
Egg Number 4
Message: Jesus prayed and even though it was hard, wanted to do what God wanted most.
Passage: Matthew 26:36-46
Item: Praying hands picture
Egg Number 5
Message: One of the disciples drew a sword to try to defend Jesus.
Passage: Matthew 26:47-56
Item: Sword picture
Egg Number 6
Message: Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head.
Passage: John 19:2.
Item: A small thorny branch or a single large thorn.
Egg Number 7
Message: Jesus carried His cross.
Passage: John 19:17.
Item: A Popsicle stick that is cut and glued in the form of a cross or a small plastic cross from a necklace.
Egg Number 8
Message: Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced in His side.
Passage: John 19:18,37 and John 20:25-29.
Item: A nail.
Egg Number 9
Message: They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink.
Passage: Matthew 27:34.
Item: A small piece of sponge.
Egg Number 10
Message: Spices to prepare Jesus for burial.
Passage: John 19:40.
Item: a few whole cloves or other whole spices and bit of cloth
Egg Number 11
Message: The stone covering Jesus’ tomb was rolled away.
Passage: John 20:1.
Item: A small rock.
Egg Number 12
Message: The tomb is empty. He has risen!
Passage: Luke 24:6.
Item: None.

I got the idea for this list from two sites: here and here.

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  1. […] been enjoying our Resurrection Eggs and the first one was about Palm Sunday. After opening the egg and reading the story from the Bible […]


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