Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Resurrection Eggs!

Many years ago, as a young Christian Mom, I learned of the Resurrection Eggs as an alternative to the secular hunting of "Easter Eggs." You can purchase these as a set of twelve in most Christian Book Stores or online, but, more recently, as I was teaching these stories for 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School class, this was the perfect opportunity to create an "egg" for many of the stories we had studied and what a great review for Easter Sunday! If you have young ones you are teaching at home, what a perfect way to learn these stories from the Bible and be creative with items you find for each story. Make them as you read the stories, hide them, hunt them and let the little ones retell the story as they have learned them as they open them and reveal something inside. Even the smallest will remember them with great excitement! I brought my Resurrection Eggs to Farmer's Daughter M's house on Sunday. We hid the eggs for the two granddaughters, and 4 yr. old Raegan, who knew many of the stories already, could recite them all back to me after only seeing them and hearing my version 1 time!

Here is my version.

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I number each egg and write down corresponding Scripture to be read as each egg is opened.

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1. Donkey and "Palm" branches (mine is a bit of fern frond and a plastic "farm" animal)Triumphal Entry
Matt 21:1-11
Mark 11:1-10
Luke 19:29-38
John 12:12-15

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2. Perfume bottle
Mary anoints Jesus for Burial
Matt. 26:7-13
Mark 14:3-9
John 12:2-8

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3. Little wooden bucket and cloth (symbolic)
Jesus cleanses the temple
Matt. 21:12-17
Mark 11:15-17
Luke 19:45 & 46

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4. Two copper coins (pennies)
The two widows mites
Mark 12:38-44
Luke 21:1-4

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5. Thirty pieces of silver (3 dimes)
Judas agrees to betray Jesus
Matt 26:14-16
Mark 14:10&11
Luke 22:3-6

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6. Communion cup and wafer (Last Supper)
The Passover prepared
Matt. 26:17-29
Mark 14:12-25
Luke 22: 7-23

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7. Rooster
Peter's Denial
Matt. 26:30-35
Mark 14:26-31
Luke 22: 34, 39
John 13:37&38

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8. Gavel (I made mine from a small wooden spool and a piece of dowel)
Jesus arrest and trial
Matt 26:47-27:2
Mark 14:43-15:14
Luke 22:47-23:25
John 18:1-40

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9. Thorns
Jesus scourged and mocked
Matt. 27:26-29
Mark 15:15-17
John 19:1&2

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10. Rope
Judas repents
Matt. 27:3-5

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11. Small wooden cross and three nails
Jesus is crucified
Matt. 27:34-44
Mark 15:24-41
Luke 23:33-43
John 19: 17-37

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12. Soldier with spear (mine is from lego's)
Jesus side is pierced
John 19:32-34

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13. Heavy black cloth
Temple veil torn
Matt 27:51
Luke 23:44&45

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14. White cloth and spices
Jesus burial
Mark 15:42-47
Luke 23:50-56
John 19:38-42

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15. Rock
The Rock is rolled away
Matt. 28:1 & 2
Mark 16:1-4
Luke 24:1&2

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16. Empty
He is not here, for He is Risen!
Matt. 28:1-6
Mark 16:1-6
Luke 24:6

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12 comments:

Marqueta said...

What a great idea! I love the "donkey".

Love,

Marqueta

ivoryspring said...

What a great post. I am copying this down for future use. Thanks for sharing.

Michele said...

It was so much fun! Even "big girls" can enjoy the little reminders...=)

Technonana said...

Love this!! I too am copying this to use with my grandchildren!!
Thanks!
Sharon

cheri said...

I made a homemade set too, to use when my boys were younger.

I still have it and look forward to using it with Joshua (and subsequent grandchildren as the Lord allows...).

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

What a wonderful idea, how blessed to be able to share with your grandchildren and your children in Sunday school!! I am going to share with my daughter in Texas about this.. Thank you for sharing.
And thank you for visiting and for always leaving me such encouraging words.
Let me wish you and your family a very blessed, and happy Resurrection Sunday!
Blessings,
Sue

lady m's lavender cottage said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I never knew that these eggs existed. My sons are a bit big for the eggs but not for the verses.

Thank you also for stopping by and leaving me such nice comments.

blessings,

Lady M

Noel said...

What a great idea and a good way to teach the true meaning of Easter!

TJ said...

I love this idea! If we weren't so busy in my Sunday School class next week, I'd definitely use this.

I'm going to be so tired after the sunrise service and breakfast, that I'm glad for some of the more independent activities my class will be doing.

Perhaps my co-teacher and I can use this for next year, though.

Jennifer said...

How wonderful - to make them yourself! You did a wonderful job..I pray the Lord will bless each time you get out your eggs to teach of His resurrection!

Miss Jen said...

What a great post, Lady Farmer! :)
I enjoyed it immensely!!
Hope you are having a blessed day!!!

Love in Christ,
Miss Jen

Emily said...

What a wonderful idea! I hope to use this ~ thank you for sharing! Have a beautiful day!!