Easter is coming! Here's a super family project:
A Dozen Days to Easter -
Making Resurrection Eggs with Children
You can share the Easter story with your children, using this fun family idea! Make the kit together, or purchase it online.
Purchase a package of plastic refillable Easter eggs, if you don't already have a boxful from previous years. Gather the following items, and look up the corresponding Bible verses together. Print the verses out, and cut them apart into strips. (The following verses are taken from the New International Version. Use whatever Bible version you prefer.)
Constructing the Kit:
Number the eggs (1-12) with a Sharpie permanent marker or numbered stickers. Fill the eggs with the following items and Scriptures (printed on strips of paper):
1. BREAD (Use a toy loaf of bread, a crouton, or even a cracker.)
Matthew 26:26 - While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."
2. COINS (Use real money, toy coins, or foil-wrapped chocolate ones.)
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. PURPLE CLOTH (Use a felt square, a purple handkerchief, or a fabric remnant.)
Mark 15:16-17 - The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.
4. THORNS (Use a sharp branch, grapevines, a spiky pine cone, or real dried thorns.)
Matthew 27:28-29 - They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 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.
5. WHIP (Use a small length of rope, dental floss, or strong string.)
Mark 15:15 - Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
6. CROSS (Use a plastic or jewelry cross, or make one from toothpicks.)
John 19:16b-18 - So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 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.
7. NAILS (Use 3-4 small nails or tacks.)
John 20:24-25 - Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."
8. SIGN (Use an index card or small sheet of paper.)
Luke 23:38 - There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
9. SPONGE (Cut a small piece of kitchen sponge or use a cotton ball.)
Matthew 27:48 - Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.
10. SPEAR (Use a plastic cocktail spear or a toothpick.)
John 19:34 - Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.
11. ROCK (Use a small stone.)
Matthew 27:59-60 - 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.
12. EMPTY (Leave this egg empty - without contents.)
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.
Sharing the Story
Twelve days before Easter, gather as a family and open the first egg. Pass the enclosed object around, as one family member reads the Scripture. Discuss what each item means and how it fits into the Easter story.
Each day, until Easter Sunday, open one more egg together. Children may take turns reading the verses together.
Happy Easter! The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed!
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