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.
These directions are adapted from Christian Homemaking.