Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Resurrection Eggs

Resurrection Eggs

Resurrection eggs are a simple and beautiful way  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!

 I've seen many options and different ways of making these and thought this would be a great idea to do with my kids and their friends from the neighborhood.  I asked each of the parents to provide 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. ThenI paired up some of the younger kids with some of the older ones. This was great for some of the younger ones, who got to do the coloring and pasting while the older ones did the writing for both cartons.

I then handed out twelve different colored plastic eggs to each of the kids, which was pretty easy since we have bags of them from previous egg hunts:)  They wrote the numbers one through twelve on each egg and also in each space in their egg carton.
Next I passed out the items to be placed in each of the Resurrection Eggs along with a Scripture verse for each. On the top of the egg carton they wote the number, item and corresponding verse (ex: #1, branch, Mark 11:8-10), just in case they lost their scriptures I printed for them. They were as follows:

Items you will need:

(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 or nickel
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
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-we had a mini china set that some of the kids used too.
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 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 or a nail
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- or little plastic cross you can buy at mardell
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) or go outside and gather them together as a group
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. Sure we all love going out and hunting for candy filled eggs, and we still do that, but I also make sure my kids know that Easter is about Christ and what He has done for us.

I got this next idea off Pintrest and I am sorry I dont remeber whose site it was on, but it is not mine and I wish I could give credit, but its still a fabuloous idea: 

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!

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