I love Resurrection Sunday (or Easter, as some call it). It is one of my favorite times of year. When we were little, my sister and I had a new dress for this Sunday. This special day always represented a new beginning to me. I always assumed spring started on this day. =) Women never wore white until after Easter, it always seemed like the warm weather came after Easter, we had new clothing…it just seemed like a fresh start to the year.
Our family never did the egg hunt, chocolate basket, etc, thing. Probably more because my parents couldn’t afford it than because of any conviction against it. But, I grew up wanting to keep this day about what it really is about. I don’t have any issues with chocolate and egg hunts, don’t get me wrong. But there really are a lot of neat ideas out there that I’m looking forward to using with my son, not only to make Resurrection Sunday an exciting one for him, but also to teach him about the true meaning as he gets older.
One of those ideas is Resurrection Eggs. If you’ve never heard of these, they are pretty neat. This idea is one way you can have fun (an egg hunt) while teaching your children about the true meaning. There are a number of different ways you can do this.
With younger children they can just find the eggs and bring them to you. Once they’ve collected them all you can open them and tell the story of Christ’s death.
With older children, you can have them either bring the eggs in order and talk about each one as they bring it to you…or you can create a scavenger hunt with clues for them to follow to find the eggs. Be creative!
Now there are sets of these that you can buy online that have fancy pieces with them. Lots of fun for kids to have a miniature spear in their hands. Or you can make your own. There are lots of websites/blogs out there that have ideas for this.
When I was teaching a kids club a couple of years ago, I made my own using a combination of paper pictures and real items. Below are the pictures. At the end of the post I have included some links to other blogs for picture downloads, etc.
Here are the eggs all numbered. I used a recycled egg carton to store my eggs and painted it so it looked a little nicer. =) Cost was about $3 when you consider the egg carton, plastic eggs ($.99 for 12), and items used in the construction.
Egg #1 is a palm leaf…Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem
#3 is a picture I downloaded from a blog. It represents the last supper that Jesus shared with his disciples. You could use a piece of real bread (or a cracker to represent unleavened bread).
#5 is the whip that was used on Christ. I made it out of a toothpick and embroidery floss. I broke the sharp ends off the toothpick and wrapped the embroidery thread around the toothpick, using hot glue to keep it in place. Then I put a knot half way down the thread and separated the ends of the thread. I know the actual whip would have had pieces of stone or glass attached to the ends of the threads but I just kept this simple.
#7 is the nails that nailed Christ to the cross. I just used some picture hanging tacks.
#8 is the dice that the soldiers used to cast lots of Christ’s clothes.
#9 is the spear that pierced His side. Here I used another toothpick and broke the sharp end off one side. I hot glued some string around the bottom and just down from the sharp tip on the other side. Then I used a permanent marker to make the tip of the spear look like stone.
#11 is the stone that was rolled in front of the grave.
#12 represents Jesus going up in the clouds.
And that is how you fill the 12 Resurrection Eggs.
Busy Chickadees has pictures that you can download (with scripture references) to fill each egg.
Creative Bible Study website has a different list of items, along with Scripture, that you can fill the eggs with. These are real items you can touch.
Christian Preschool Printables has the printable pieces that I used (along with the whole set that you can use in place of real objects). It also has a memory matching game you can print off and play with your kids.
Other Easter Idea Links:
Courtney, over at Women Living Well has a great recipe for making Resurrection rolls. Besides the fact that they look scrumptious…they also are a great way to teach your children about the true meaning of Easter.
Leah, at Embracing Grace, used the idea of re-creating the tomb scene in a flower pot with her kids. I think this is a lot of fun, as watching plants grow is such a neat thing for kids.. (it’s actually found on her old blog, Home and Heartstring, but she is currently blogging at Embracingrace.com). =)
Whew…this has been a long post! I hope it is one you all enjoy, though. =) Would love to hear from you if you make your own set. Let me know what you do differently.
What fun ideas do you use for teaching your children about the true meaning of Easter?