Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Resurrection Eggs

Resurrection Eggs are a GREAT way to really bring home the meaning of Easter with kids - and help them understand everything that lead up to the resurrection.
You can summarize the story using the "article" in each egg as a prop as you go.
Or, you can also read a book and pause using the article in each egg as a prop as you read Benjamin’s Box by Melody Carlson. It is written so it can be used along with the Resurrection Eggs. You can buy the eggs all put together for you or make your own using colored plastic Easter eggs:

#1 – Bread or small cracker pieces – For the last meal Jesus ate with His friends (Passover) Mark 14:22 or Luke 22:14

#2 – Rooster (feather) – Jesus predicted that Peter would lie three different times and say he didn’t know Jesus by the time the rooster crowed. – Matthew 26:33

#3 – 3 silver dimes - Judas betrays Jesus for 30 pieces of silver money. Luke 22:3-5, Luke 22:47-52

#4 – Thorns – People were mad that Jesus said He was the Son of God, so they made a crown of pointy thorns to put on His head – Matthew 27:29-31 and Mark 15:17

#5 – Nails – Jesus was nailed to a cross. They left Him hanging there until He died, even though He hadn’t done anything wrong. Matthew 27:31 and Luke 23:33 and Luke 23:40-41

#6 – The Cross - They placed His cross on a hill between two other men who were criminals.

#7 – Dice – When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and played a game to decide who would get his clothes – John 19:23-24

#8 – Spear – Use a toothpick to symbolize that one of the soldiers pierced Jesus side.

#9 – White cloth –(Use cheesecloth or other small scrap) After Jesus died, His friends wrapped Him up with cloth and lay Him in a special cave, a tomb. Luke 23:53 and Matthew 27:57-60

#10 – Cinnamon Sticks – Three women brought special spices to anoint Jesus body. Mark 16:1

#11 – Stone (small pebble) – The people who had kidded Jesus put a large rock over the mouth of the tomb, to make sure that no one could get Jesus out. Matthew 27: 62-65 and Matthew 28:66

#12 – Empty!! – Three days later, the huge rock was moved and Jesus was gone from the tomb. An angel said He was alive again! This day is what we celebrate on Easter Sunday because Jesus was raised to life again and lives today! Luke 24:3, 6 and Matthew 28:2-6


Rays Family said...

What a great idea Angela, thanks so much it's perfect for not only Joe but all of us.


Jena said...

I saved a box of resurrection eggs that I made when i was REALLY young and my mom gave them to me at Christmas time. Well, just yesterday we cracked them open and had some really gooood conversation. They are such a great way to teach your little ones the true meaning of Easter! I recommend these for all :)

Jenn said...

Thanks Angela, I am going to do this with the boys. Colby is on Spring Break so its awesome that we have some extra time to devote to this week.