Today we have a simple DIY that can help illustrate the story of the resurrection to your children! It is a set of Easter eggs with items in each egg that help you tell what happened during Easter week. There are corresponding verses for each egg, and it gives you a fun, tangible way to talk about the true meaning and story of this special holiday. Involve older children in creating this play set or let them help in explaining the pieces of the story as your younger children hunt for the eggs. Follow the steps below to create your set:
-12 plastic eggs
-An egg carton
-number stickers to order the eggs
Egg 1 - a small leaf to represent a palm branch at Jesus’ triumphal entry on Palm Sunday
Egg 2 - 3 quarters to represent the 30 pieces of silver that Judas Iscariot received
Egg 3 - a thimble to represent a cup at the Last Supper
Egg 4 - a tiny piece of paper rolled into a scroll to represent Jesus’ prayer in the garden
Egg 5 - a piece of leather or thick string to represent the soldiers whipping Jesus
Egg 6 - a tiny crown made from grass or a flower stem to represent the crown of thorns
Egg 7 - 2 small nails to represent the nails and the cross
Egg 8 - a die to represent the soldier’s casting lots for Jesus’ clothes
Egg 9 - a toothpick with one end broken off to represent the spear piercing Jesus’ side
Egg 10 - a piece of cheesecloth or thin fabric to represent Jesus’ burial clothes
Egg 11 - a rock to represent the stone rolled in front of the tomb
Egg 12 - empty, to represent the empty tomb!
Hide the eggs and let your children hunt for them. After they find them, explain the story! Below are the verses to represent each of the points in the story. Pretty soon your children will be able to tell the whole story by themselves!
Verse to correspond with each egg:
1 - Palm Sunday - Matthew 21:9
2 - Judas’ Betrayal - Matthew 26:14-16
3 - Last Supper - Matthew 26:26-28
4 - Prayer in the Garden - Matthew 26:39
5 - Whipping - Mark 15:15
6 - Crown of Thorns - Matthew 27:29
7 - Nails - Matthew 27:31
8 - Casting Lots - Matthew 27:35
9 - Spear - John 19:34
10 - Burial Clothes - Matthew 27:59
11 - Stone - Matthew 27:66
12 - Empty Tomb - Matthew 28:25
This Resurrection Eggs DIY can be found on several different sites online, but I got this version from Saving Dollars & Sense. She even has a free printable if you'd like to print out cards for each day!
Simple DIYs and illustrations like this help children engage all of their senses as they learn about Jesus and His Word. As a mom, I love finding ways to help make His Word come alive to my children!