Because I never tire of telling The Old, Old Story, of Jesus and His Love! Enjoy this re-post for preparing for Easter. (For you and your little ones!)
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 to reveal something inside. Even the smallest child 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.
I number each egg and write down corresponding Scripture to be read as each egg is opened.
1. Donkey and "Palm" branches (mine is a bit of fern frond and a plastic "farm" animal)Triumphal Entry
2. Perfume bottle
Mary anoints Jesus for Burial
3. Little wooden bucket and cloth (symbolic)
Jesus cleanses the temple
Luke 19:45 & 46
4. Two copper coins (pennies)
The two widows mites
5. Thirty pieces of silver (3 dimes)
Judas agrees to betray Jesus
6. Communion cup and wafer (Last Supper)
The Passover prepared
Luke 22: 7-23
Luke 22: 34, 39
8. Gavel (I made mine from a small wooden spool and a piece of dowel)