I am not the craftiest person in the world, but I do love projects. So in my seven years being a mom I have set out to do a lot of “fun, yet meaningful” activities with my children to teach them about a Bible story, a holiday or a season.
Most of the time, the long-term projects fizzle out by day three, because life happens. But there is one tradition that we’ve enjoyed year after year – Easter Resurrection Eggs. The idea of the resurrection eggs is you take twelve days, counting back from Easter Sunday, to learn the story of Easter. So this year you’d start on April 10th.
A few years ago I made a set of these eggs as group activity with other moms. Each of us was responsible for bringing in one of the components, which made it easier on everyone. But you can also get them on Amazon, because, of course you can.
If you want to make your own set – either with other moms or with your kids – it is really easy:
- First, gather 12 plastic Easter eggs, number them 1-12, and put them in order in an egg carton.
- Second, choose 12 Bible verses that you think best tell the story of Easter, write each verse on a little piece of paper, and put one verse in each of the eggs.
- Third, choose an item that represents each Bible verse and put them in the corresponding eggs. For example: last supper could be a cracker; Judas’ betrayal could be some coins; Jesus’ trial could be a thorn; the crucifixion could be a nail; the tomb could be a rock. These are suggestions, but there’s no right answer. (If you do this with your littlest ones, it could be really interesting (and potentially hilarious!) to hear what they come up with on their own.) Well, there is one right answer: the last egg should be empty, representing the empty tomb.
- Fourth, starting 12 days before Easter (in 2019, this is April 10), open one egg each day. Read the Bible verse and let your kids hold the objects. Talk with them, openly and simply about what they think and feel about that day’s story.