How to Teach Kids The Easter Story: Using Resurrection Eggs!

April 10, 2014 · 3 comments

by Katie
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If you’ve been to the store recently, you can’t help but be reminded that the Easter season is upon us. The pastels and candy have overtaken the shelves! If you’re looking to get back to the heart behind Easter this year and teach (or remind) your family what it is all about, Resurrection Eggs are a great way to do it. The wonderful thing about the items in each egg is that they can be explained simply or with greater complexity so they work for all ages.

All you need is 13 plastic eggs, a basket, a permanent marker, and an item to go in each (see below for what those are). Simply fill each egg with the item, label the outside with the corresponding number using a permanent marker, and place them in an Easter basket. The story of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection unfolds by opening the eggs (something the kids will probably fight over doing!) and using the Bible verses provided as an explanation of the items. Warning: This activity may be so popular that the kids will be begging to repeat it year after year!!

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Resurrection Eggs

Egg #1- Lamb/Sheep

John 1:29- The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Egg #2- 30 Dimes (representing 30 pieces of silver)

Matthew 26:14-16- Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Egg #3- Purple Cloth Robe

Matthew 27:28- They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him...

Egg #4- Thorns (a piece of a rose bush works well)

Matthew 27:29- and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.

Egg #5- Wooden Cross (make one using popsicle sticks)

John 19:17- Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).

Egg #6- Three Nails

John 19:18- There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

Egg #7- A Sign saying “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews”

John 19:19- Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.

Egg #8- Sponge with Vinegar

Mark 15:36- Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

Egg #9- Sword or Spear (you can make one by cutting out the shape with cardboard and covering it with aluminum foil!)

John 19:34-36- Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.”

Egg #10- White Linen Fabric

John 19:40- Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.

Egg #11- Rock (to represent the tomb)

Matthew 27:60- and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

Egg #12- Spices

Mark 16:1- When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.

Egg #13- Special Decorated Egg (that is empty when opened to represent the empty tomb)

Matthew 28:6- He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.




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1 Elena April 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Love the idea! Thanks for sharing :)

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2 Katie April 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Thanks for sharing, Libby. The resurrection biscuits are a great idea and perfect for kids. I like the variations, too!

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3 Libby April 11, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Great idea! Another fun activity is making resurrection biscuits. I got the idea from a kid’s Church lesson book. It’s easy – just get canned flaky biscuits and marshmallows. Have the kids separate the biscuits in half by pulling them apart and then placing a marshmallow inside. Once they pinch the biscuit back together simply bake them as directed. When done the biscuits will be hollow and empty just like Jesus’ tomb. Sweet and fun to eat illustration. I’ve since seen several variations with multiple steps to add for older students or adults that may include anointing the “body” with spices (like cinnamon).

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