Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Resurrection Eggs

When I was little my mom started a "Good News Club" for our neighborhood.  We met once a month and played games, did a craft and heard the Good News of what Jesus did to allow us to have a real relationship with God.  That Good News is the story of Easter!  One way my mom taught us the story was through this simple craft. 
Each one of these plastic eggs numbered 1-12 has a different object in it and it allows the speaker 12 different visuals to tell the Easter story to children.  Kids get to look at the enclosed object, learn about the message and read the corresponding scripture.  On the last day the egg is empty, just like Jesus' tomb!  

Egg Number 1

Message: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people waved palm branches.
Passage: Matthew 21:1-11.
Item: A small plastic leaf or a piece of a palm branch.

Egg Number 2

Message: Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus' feet.
Passage: John 12:2-8.
Item: Small perfume sample, a piece of cloth or a piece of cotton with perfume on it.

Egg Number 3

Message: Jesus ate the Last Supper with His disciples.
Passage: Matthew 26:17-19.
Item: A small piece of cracker to represent the passover bread.

Egg Number 4

Message: Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. 
Passage: Matthew 27:3.
Item: A dime or plastic “silver” money.

Egg Number 5

Message: Jesus carried His cross.
Passage: John 19:17.
Item: A Popsicle stick that is cut and glued in the form of a cross or a small plastic cross from a necklace.

Egg Number 6

Message: Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus' head.
Passage: John 19:2.
Item: A small thorny branch or a single large thorn.

Egg Number 7

Message: Soldiers parted Jesus' garments and cast lots for His coat.
Passage: John 19:23.
Item: Miniature dice.

Egg Number 8

Message: Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced in His side.
Passage: John 19:18,37 and John 20:25-29.
Item: A nail.

Egg Number 9

Message: They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink.
Passage: Matthew 27:34.
Item: A small piece of sponge.

Egg Number 10

Message: Spices to prepare Jesus for burial.
Passage: John 19:40.
Item: a few whole cloves or other whole spices.Egg Number 11

Message: The stone covering Jesus' tomb was rolled away.
Passage: John 20:1.
Item: A small rock.

Egg Number 12

Message: The tomb is empty. He has risen!
Passage: Luke 24:6.
Item: None.
These directions are adapted from Christian Homemaking.

15 comments:

mountainmoma said...

I am so glad to find this!! I did this years ago with preschool, and I have been wanting to do this for our little granddaughter. Now I will have the "recipe". Thank you!

mamamia said...

thanks for this great example of the eggs. I wrote about it in my blog along with my other Easter week ideas. thanks!

Norma said...

They turned out Sarah-gorgeous! Your projects are always so beautiful and filled with love.

Hilda Siemens said...

this is great! I don't think my guys will quite understand this year, but I definately want to give it a try next year. Thanks!

SkylarKD said...

This is great! I bought the "Benjamin's Box" book for my nephews a few days ago, but we didn't buy the eggs to go with it.

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Sandy Toes said...

Wow..so cute. My kids do this at school!
sandy toe

Sherri said...

Your blog is a "new to me" blog as of today...and I've already bookmarked several of your previous posts...thanks so much for all of the terrific ideas!

Robyn said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea! I can't wait to share with my sister! I adore your blog I hope you don't mind I added you to my favorites!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh these are some great ideas, I'll be linking to this.

Sarah said...

Thanks for all of the encouragement girls! I hope you and your family have a great Easter today!

PaisleyJade said...

Wow - thanks for that great idea!

The O'Donnells said...

I just stumbled on to your blog and I am so glad I did! What WONDERFUL ideas. I grew up going to the "Good News Club" in our neighborhood and I remember doing this craft. Thank you for jogging my memory! I don't have children yet, but I'm saving this recipe for when they're old enough to participate. I look forward to learning more creative ways to spread His Word!

Adam and Nat said...

Okay, I totally grew up with my mom hosting Good News Clubs and later me teaching the summer version called 5 day clubs. I love that you know what they are! They seem so foreign now!

katkeen said...

This is such a great idea!! And this year our big girls bday is on Easter!! What a great way to teach her about the Resurrection and to count down her birthday!! Thanks so much for the awesome ideas! :)