March 25, 2012

Homemade Resurrection Eggs {Printable}

With Easter almost upon us, this is a wonderful opportunity to share with our children what the Bible says about the death and resurrection of Jesus. In our home we use the Bible, picture books, and resurrection eggs to help the children learn and understand the story of Jesus. (We might try resurrection cookies or bread this year, too!  Anyone have a preference or a favorite recipe?)

I made resurrection eggs for the first time when Big Sis was 3 1/2.  It was NOT too early to help her understand about the death and resurrection of Jesus.  This year I made some little changes to what we had done the previous two years, and thought I would share.  I also made a simple homemade resurrection eggs printable in case you are interested in using it.
Resurrection eggs can be purchased, but you can also make your own using items around your home. (Some families really like Benjamin's Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs, but I have not personally read it.)

To make your own resurrection eggs, you will need an ordinary egg carton and a dozen plastic eggs, a Bible, and the items listed below.



Consider decorating the outside of egg carton and labeling the eggs with numbers 1-12. If your children are preschool age, you might want to prepare the resurrection eggs in advance; older children might appreciate creating the set as a family activity or even making their own set

After your initial preparations, collect the items listed below. Improvise as needed. For example, our purple cloth is actually a purple piece of ribbon, and the cross is a foam sticker. Place the items in the appropriate egg. Read through the verses to make sure you understand the application of each verse. (Only the related verse is included in the chart.)  Some people share an egg a day leading up to Easter Sunday, while others tell the story with the eggs all at once.  Use whatever style is your preference.
Share about Jesus using one egg at a time. Explain in your own words (and ask your children) what each item symbolizes and read the verses from the Bible.  (The older the child, the more you may want to read.)  Eventually, even young children can tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection with the help of the symbols found in the eggs.

Egg #1 Oyster cracker (or bread) Matthew 26:26 
Egg #2 Silver coins Matthew 26:14-16 
Egg #3 Purple cloth Matthew 27:28 
Egg #4 Thorns Matthew 27:29 
Egg #5 Rope Mark 15:15 
Egg #6 Cross John 19:16-17 
Egg #7 Nail John 19:18 
Egg #8 Sign that says, “This is the king of the Jews.” Luke 23:38 
Egg #9 Sponge (with vinegar) Matthew 27:48 
Egg #10 Cloves or spices Luke 24:1 
Egg #11 Rock Matthew 27:59-60 
Egg #12 EMPTY! Matthew 28:5-6
If you would like to use the resurrection eggs printable, you can cut the chart into strips and place a verse in each egg, use only the smaller chart with your own Bible, or keep the printable intact to use as a reference.

Would you like a chart to include with your resurrection eggs?  I made two!  One includes the symbols and actual Bible verses, and the other just includes the symbols and verse references.
Download Resurrection Egg Printable
Have fun sharing with your children about the death and resurrection of Jesus through the resurrection eggs!

If you are looking for a printable of egg shapes and drawings, check this one out!

Like this children's activity for Easter?  Here are our resurrection rolls, a super easy and tasty object lesson for the whole family!

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12 comments:

  1. This is great, Annette! I might have my kids make their own when they grow older and give to friends as a witnessing tool.

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  3. I remember seeing these a long time ago, or something similar. Such great lessons to teach the kids. Thanks for linking it up to my link party.

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  4. My thanks to you for sharing your work.

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  5. My thanks to you for sharing your work. It is helping me prepare for Easter this year.

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  6. thank you for this printable! I am involved with a ministry for single moms - my girls and I go each month for coffee and donuts and a devotion on a Saturday - in April, we are going to color Easter eggs with the kiddos - and now we are going to help them make resurrection eggs for their family! So much fun!! thank you!
    Luain in Amarillo, TX

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  7. Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your work. I had some eggs I had made previously but lost them so I'm having to remake them this year. I did want to let you know that egg #10 has the incorrect verse. On your printables it's listed as Luke 23:5-6 when it's Luke 23:55-56. I wish you a blessed Easter!

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  8. Thank you so much for having this available for us to utilize! I have been searching all over for the 2 sets i had previously lost but to no avail so I'm remaking them today. While working on it my son and I were reading the scriptures that go with each egg and noticed the verse is incorrect for egg #10. On the printable it's listed as Luke 23:5-6 and the correct verse is Luke 23:55-56. Again thank you for your work! Have a blessed Easter!

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  9. LOVE this!!
    Also wanted to point out, for egg #12, the verse is Matthew 28:5-6
    Happy Easter!!!

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  10. Thank you so much for providing the printable! I'm so excited to do this with my preschool Sunday school class Easter morning! God Bless and Happy Resurrection Sunday to you!

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