I always loved using resurrection eggs as a teaching tool for sharing the history of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It’s no mystery that when you get kids involved in their learning in a hands- on manner, attention spans lengthen, excitement levels increase, neurological juices get flowing and the information just tends to stick better.
Resurrection eggs do just that.
All you need are a dozen plastic eggs, an empty 12 egg carton and 12 small objects as shown on the cards below that you can most likely find laying around the house or in your front or back yards. Each egg will contain one of the below objects (as indicated on each card and in order from 1-12) as well as the accompanying card, which will tell one part of the story starting with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and ending with the empty tomb signifying His victory over death!
I have seen resurrection eggs that only contain a small object to represent each part of the story and no matching explanation card, which is also a perfectly great way to implement this activity. You open the egg, look at the object, discuss its significance, ask questions, look up Scripture references, etc…
I really like the idea of including a small explanation card in each egg to use as a starting point for discussion along with some Scripture references that talk about that particular part of the story. I find it makes it easier for quick discussions with little ones and also gives kiddos who are able to read an opportunity to read the card and lead the discussion.
Below are a set of cards that I created to use with my family and I’m so excited to share them with you! Please feel free to click the image below and download & print a FREE copy for yourself. On each card is a picture to correspond with the object contained in each egg as well as Bible verses that explain how each object ties into the resurrection story.
Here are some examples of objects we use to fill each egg:
- Palm branch: small piece of pine tree branch
- Thirty pieces of silver: dimes or nickels
- Towel: small cut piece of wash cloth
- Bread: torn piece of bread or crouton
- Garden of Gethsemane: a couple of fake flower heads or real flower buds/heads (weeds do the job too ;))
- Rope: small cut piece of rope or nylon string
- Crown of thorns: piece of thorn bush branch or cut off the ends of a few toothpicks
- Cross: make your own using popsicle sticks or two small tree twigs
- Sponge: torn/cut piece of dish sponge
- Linen cloth: small piece of white fabric from an old t-shirt, pillow case or bed sheet
- Stone: pebble or small rock from the yard
- Empty tomb: nothing! This egg should be empty to represent the risen body of Jesus!
PS. If you love this free Easter activity for your fam bam, you might want to check out the Easter Scavenger Hunt activity and free printable over HERE in this post! And don’t forget to take a peak of some of the other fun treats and Easter celebration ideas over HERE in my Easter Family Fun post.
Happy Easter! Happy Resurrection Day! I hope this resource serves you well and helps to spark family conversations focused on the greatest gift of salvation freely given to us through God’s son, Jesus.