Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Resurrection Eggs

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!)

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 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

Matt 21:1-11

Mark 11:1-10

Luke 19:29-38

John 12:12-15
2. Perfume bottle

Mary anoints Jesus for Burial

Matt. 26:7-13

Mark 14:3-9

John 12:2-8
3. Little wooden bucket and cloth (symbolic)

Jesus cleanses the temple

Matt. 21:12-17

Mark 11:15-17

Luke 19:45 & 46
4. Two copper coins (pennies)

The two widows mites

Mark 12:38-44

Luke 21:1-4
5. Thirty pieces of silver (3 dimes)

Judas agrees to betray Jesus

Matt 26:14-16

Mark 14:10&11

Luke 22:3-6
6. Communion cup and wafer (Last Supper)

The Passover prepared

Matt. 26:17-29

Mark 14:12-25

Luke 22: 7-23

7. Rooster

Peter's Denial

Matt. 26:30-35

Mark 14:26-31

Luke 22: 34, 39

John 13:37&38
8. Gavel (I made mine from a small wooden spool and a piece of dowel)

Jesus's arrest and trial

Matt 26:47-27:2

Mark 14:43-15:14

Luke 22:47-23:25

John 18:1-40
9. Thorns

Jesus scourged and mocked

Matt. 27:26-29

Mark 15:15-17

John 19:1&2
10. Rope

Judas repents

Matt. 27:3-5
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
12. Soldier with spear (mine is from lego's)

Jesus's side is pierced

John 19:32-34


13. Heavy black cloth

Temple veil torn

Matt 27:51

Luke 23:44&45

14. White cloth and spices

Jesus's burial

Mark 15:42-47

Luke 23:50-56

John 19:38-42
15. Rock

The Rock is rolled away

Matt. 28:1 & 2

Mark 16:1-4

Luke 24:1&2

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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Little Susie Home Maker said...

What a beautiful idea! I thank you for this inspirational post. That sounds like so much fun.

Anonymous said...

I love this! I am going to have to bookmark it and maybe the grandbaby will be old enough next year to at least gather the eggs! :)

Heather said...

I love those!! such a great way to share the Resurrection with children :) ~Love Heather

Gla said...

Wonderful way to share the Resurrection with children. I used to use this idea when I taught 2nd grade in a Christian school. I am retired now but use it to tell my grandchildren.