For our family, Easter is so much more than bunnies and brightly colored eggs. It goes beyond baskets filled with candies and girls in fancy dresses. Easter is the cornerstone of my Christian faith, and I want my children to know and love the Easter story, as they begin to grow in their own faith.
Resurrection eggs are an easy and fun way to introduce your children to the Easter story. Each day, you’ll open one of the eggs, and learn another piece of this incredible story of God’s love and ultimate sacrifice for us.
First, collect a dozen plastic eggs. Number the eggs 1-12.
Next, print off this sheet containing the 12 verses you will need to create your eggs. Click HERE for the printable sheet of verses you will need!
Place the special object noted for each day, along with that day’s scripture inside the appropriate egg.
Open one egg each day, leading up to Easter Sunday, when you will open the final egg.
Bread – Use a small piece of bread or cracker
“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.”
Silver Coin – Use a nickel, dime, or quarter
Matthew 26: 14-15
“Then one of the twelve disciples, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and asked, “What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him.”
Purple Cloth – Use a small square of purple fabric
“They put a purple robe on Jesus.”
Thorns – Use a piece of a rose bush or stem
“Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on His head, and put a stick on His right hand; then they knelt before Him and made fun of Him. “Long live the King, of the Jews!” they said.”
Scourge – Piece of Rope or Twine (They used this to beat Jesus.)
“Pilate wanted to please the crowd, so he set Barabbas free for them. Then he had Jesus whipped and handed Him over to be crucified.”
Cross – Use a charm from a necklace or construct your own from sticks or toothpicks
“He went out, carrying His cross, and came to “The Place of the Skull,” as it is called. (In Hebrew it is called “Galgotha.”) There they crucified Him.”
Nails – Use a small nail
“Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the scars of the nails in His hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in His side, I will not believe.”
Sign – Simply write the words from the verse on a square of paper.
“Above Him were written these words: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
Sponge – Cut off a small piece of a household sponge
“One of them ran up at once, took a sponge, soaked it in cheap wine, put it on the end of a stick, and tried to make Him drink it.”
Spear – A toothpick works well
“One of the soldiers plunged his spear into Jesus’ side, and at once blood and water poured out.”
“Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and placed it in his own new tomb, which he had just recently dug out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb and went away.”
“He is not here. He has risen just as He said.”
You and your children can celebrate God’s love and the sacrifice He made for us this Easter season as you tell the story of Jesus’s death and resurrection….that happened just for them!! (And you!)
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