3.25.2013

Resurrection Eggs

When I was young we had this activity and did it every year as our Easter Family Night to learn about the Resurrection.  When I saw it on pinterest, I was excited to make one for us.  Then once I got going I decided to make some for the families I visit teach. 

Basically you have 12 plastic eggs, each filled with a scripture and an object to represent an event from the week before Christ's resurrection.  This year we'll hide the eggs and let Jilly find them, then go through the objects and talk about the different events so she understands them (or as much as a two-year-old can understand things like the crucifixion.)  We'll also use lots of pictures to help.  But as she gets older we'll be able to spend more time reading the actual scriptures.

To put it all together, you label some plastic eggs 1-12.  Then put the appropriate numbered statement and item in the egg.  I mostly used the ideas from the link, but changed a few things.  Here is what went in my 12 eggs-
1. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the people waved branches because that's what people used to do when a king walked by. Mark 11:8-9 (a plastic leaf)
2. Later, Jesus had a special dinner with his friends.  A woman came and poured perfume on his head.  This showed that she knew that he was the Christ and she knew that he would die soon.  Mark 14:3-8 (a cloth with perfume on it)
3. The next day, Jesus had another special meal with his friends.  We call this The Last Supper.  Jesus said that people who followed Him should have bread and wine or water to help them remember Him. Luke 22:19-20 (a sacrament cup, you can also use a piece of cracker, but I like the cup because it's easy to make the connection to our sacrament.)
4. Jesus went to a garden to pray.  Luke 22:39-44 (a flower, but this one I'll definitely use a picture and talk more about the atonement as Jilly gets older)
5. Judas was supposed to be one of Jesus' disciples, but instead he helped other men arrest Jesus.  He did this because those men paid him money.  Mark 14:10-11 (3 dimes)
6. After Jesus was arrested, the soldiers were really mean to Him and made fun of Him.  One thing that they did was to put a purple robe on Him.  Only kings wore purple robes.  They didn't realize that He really was a King, they were just teasing Him because people thought He was a king! Mark 15:16-20 (piece of purple cloth)
7. The governor's name was Pilate.  He didn't think that Jesus had done anything wrong, but the people wouldn't listen to him.  Pilate washed his hands and said, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person."  Matthew 27:22-24 (a piece of soap)
8. Jesus was crucified.  Mark 15:25 (a nail)
9. Another thing the soldiers did to make fun of Jesus was to put a sign on the cross that said "THE KING OF THE JEWS."  Again, they thought they were making fun of Him, they didn't realize that He really was the King of the Jews!  Mark 15:26 (small piece of paper that says THE KING OF THE JEWS)
10. After Jesus died, His friends put His body in a tomb.  Later, some of the women who followed Him came to the tomb to put spices on His body and wrap Him in white cloth.  Mark 16:1 (white cloth and/or whole cloves)
11. The tomb had a rock that could roll over the opening to seal it.  While the women were walking to the tomb, they wondered how they would get the stone out of the way.  Mark 16:3-4 (a small round stone)
12. When they got to the tomb, they were amazed to find that the stone had been rolled out of the way- and Jesus' body was gone!  Then an angel came and told them, "He is risen; He is not here."  This egg is empty because Jesus' tomb was empty.  Jesus' tomb was empty because He was resurrected!  Mark 16:6

I put the finished eggs in an empty egg carton and tied a note and bow around it.  Happy Easter!

2 comments:

Lisa Michelle said...

Super cute! I want to do this for my visiting teachees next year!

Anna said...

Thanks for sharing! I totally did this. It was the perfect way to set up an Easter egg hunt this morning and a wonderful VT gift. Happy Easter!