Resurrection Eggs

Last night when I pulled out my
Resurrection Eggs
for Family Home Evening, I pre-empted the lesson with a little Q&A:

So! What are
we celebrating this Sunday?


"Yes, and what is Easter all about?"

"Easter Eggs!"

"The Easter Bunny!"

(dying inside)"Ummmm...noooo...

"Oh I know! It's about Jesus. Celebrating Jesus...."

(despairing/horrified glance at husband)
"Well let's just look at these eggs shall we?"

I was shocked m'peeps. It was the classic, "What Not to Say in Sunday School Class".
I could not have scripted it better. Surely not my children? My kids are so smart! And so spiritual! And so well parented! How could this be?

Seriously though, I really was shocked that my kids weren't better versed on Easter. We are religious people, we attend church each Sunday, talk about spiritual things regularly in our home, read the scriptures together... and you know, they really do seem to be quite spiritually inclined kids and I know they have been taught about Easter and the true meaning of it repeatedly, and to be fair, once we got going with the story it did all come back to them...more or less....but quickly it all gets eclipsed in the commercialism and sugar of it all!

My point is, that even if your child (or you) are fully aware of the story and meaning behind Easter it really bears repeating... and bringing back into focus .

Resurrection Eggs
are not my idea, there are many different versions of this idea, and you can even buy sets of them. If you don't already have a set in your home, you should put together this one.

It is a really fun and especially intriguing way to present it to young kids, (and old ones too.)

I got the idea for mine and list of materials/scriptures directly off this site. It's cool there because there is a version for older people, and a version younger people. For my purposes we went with the little people version. The layout comes out a bit weird (at least for me) on Christy's site, so I'm cutting and pasting it here. Don't say I never did nuthin' for you.

I present (and store) my eggs in an egg carton which formerly held chocolate Easter eggs. I taped this picture over the secular parts of the carton. Since I have 4 kids and there are 12 eggs, they each get 3 turns and it turns out fabulously fair. (Love it when that happens).

This carton contains twelve plastic eggs.
Each egg contains part of the Easter story,
along with the appropriate item (except for the 12th
which should remain symbolically empty).
The eggs are numbered (1 through 12).
Simply open up the eggs in order to read the Easter story.

You can serve the eggs directly from this carton, in a decorated basket,
or at each place setting at the dinner table.

This can provide a unique presentation
of the often-heard Easter story.
In addition to opening the eggs in order to tell the story,
you can play a game of "scrambled eggs" by having
players match the scripture to the appropriate item,
or putting the story in sequence.

Egg 1:
Three dimes

A small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Matthew. 26:14)

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

Egg 2:
One sacrament cup

A small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Matt. 26:39)

39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Egg 3:
Twine with knots in it

A small piece of paper with the following verse reference:
(Matt. 27:1-2)

1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Egg 4:
A piece of soap

A small piece of paper with the following verse reference:
(Matt. 27:24)

24 ¶¶ When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the
multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
26 ¶¶ Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
Egg 5:
Square of red fabric

A small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Matt. 27:28)

28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
29 ¶¶ And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

Egg 6:
A cross (made from toothpicks)

A small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Matt. 27:31)

31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

Egg 7: Jesus was on the cross. He prayed and asked Heavenly Father to forgive the Roman soldiers who crucified him because the soldiers did not know Jesus was the Savior. THe soldiers took Jesus' clothes and played a game called "casting lots" to see who would win the clothes.

Luke 23:34-37
Pair of Dice

Egg 8: Jesus' mother and his disciples and friends were very sad. They loved Jesus very much.
Jesus suffered on the cross for many hours. Then Jesus died. His spirit left his body. The sky was dark.
There was a big earthquake. Rocks broke in pieces. The Roman soldiers were afraid.

Matthew 27:45-46, 50-54
Bag of crushed rock or potting soil

Egg 9: One of Jesus' disciples, named Joseph, took Jesus' body off the cross
. He wrapped Jesus' body in a clean cloth and laid him in a tomb (a place where people are buried).

Matthew 27:57-59
Piece of White Cloth

Egg 10: After Joseph laid Jesus' body in the tomb,
he rolled a big stone in front of the tomb so that Jesus' body would be safe.

Matthew 27:60


Egg 11: Jesus' body was in the tomb for 3 days. Mary Magdalene
and the other Mary came to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body with sweet spices.

Matthew 28:2 and Mark 16:1-9
Bay Leaf or Other Herb

Egg 12: When Mary Magdalene and the other Mary got to the tomb,
the stone was rolled away from the door. They looked inside the tomb,
but Jesus' body was not there. They saw an angel who said,
"Jesus is not here, for He is risen as he said." Jesus was resurrected!
His body and spirit had come together again. He was alive again! J
esus promised that we, too, will be resurrected like Him.
This is a very special gift that Jesus gave to us.

Matthew 28:1-6
Empty Egg

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nyn said...

Hooray for these eggs. We have been doing them for years and my kids all know what to say now when asked about Easter. I am so glad you posted about this. It has been such a great thing for our family and this holiday. I highly recomend it!!

nyn said...

btw, I posted about some eggs too, not these ones though. :)

Lora said...

I am making some of these for my kiddos this week! I've been busy gathering my supplies:)

Sarah said...

I love resurrection eggs! My kids like to play with them all year long, and it's good to remember Easter all year long.

LaVonne said...

I just saw these on sale this week at Family christian stores. I like this idea. Thanks for posting about it. I linked your post in my WFMW post. Stop by anytime. Blessings!

~*Michelle*~ said...

I love Resurrection Eggs.....and I love how you put that image on the carton!

Happy Easter!

~~tonya~~ said...

Egg-selent post!! Love it

The Sayer Family said...

We love these too, although my boys are still a little young. I just asked Carson why we celebrate Easter and he smiled and said, "For sharing." Guess we'll have to pull out our Resurrection Eggs!

Mike said...

Great post.


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Kelly Deneen said...

What a neat idea!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog yesterday!

Jenny said...

LOL I don't even know what to say about this post. SO I'll just say, Great post.

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

I'm so glad I found this post, I was just randomly making my way through WFMW and this is just what I needed! Thank you so much for sharing. You have a beautiful place here . . . I can hardly wait to return.

Kristin K