Spring is here and I've been working on Easter stuff. It seems like it came up so quickly this year. The sun just came out a few days ago, we just had St. Patrick's Day, and if I don't want Easter to get lost in the rush, I have to be moving now. Resurrection eggs were an idea that I heard about last year, but I didn't have enough time to pull them together. I kept them in the back of my mind all year and finally finished this project this weekend. Just in time. We should start opening this on Wednesday to finish with the last egg on Easter Sunday. The idea behind it is using a symbol that's familiar to our kids (Easter eggs) to tell the story of Easter. Each day you open one egg that has a small token that coinsides with the story and scripture for that day. The tokens range from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday and follow the events of that timeline. You can purchase them online or in stores, but they are so easy and frugal to make at home.
I started out with a dozen eggs from the Dollar Tree. Took them home and sandpapered them because I wanted to paint them. They were several patterns and didn't match so I wanted a nice set. I setting on brown ... well, just because. But they could really be any color you want. Mine took two coats of paint and when they were done, I started filling them.
I didn't decorate my egg carton, but you could do that too. Finally, since I plan on storing my set afterwards, I numbered each of the eggs and and arranged them in the carton. Super simple. The most time consuming part was actually gathering the pieces to go inside the eggs. But even that didn't take very long. This is the list of items and scriptures I used:
Into each egg place the item and scripture reference written on a small piece of paper.
Message -- Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people waved palm branches.
Passage -- Matthew 21:1-11
Item -- Piece of palm branch. Another option for those of you with extra leggo parts or plastic novelty beads would be to place a small plastic leaf in the egg
Message -- Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus' feet.
Passage -- John 12:2-8
Item -- Small perfume sample or cloth with perfume or a piece of cotton with cologne on it
Message -- Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples.
Passage -- Matthew 26:17-19
Item – a piece of Chex cereal; or take clay and make a small bread-like shape
Message -- Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
Passage -- Matthew 27:3
Item -- 3 dimes or plastic “silver” money
Message -- Jesus carried His own cross.
Passage -- John 19:17
Item – toothpicks or Popsicle stick cut and glued in a cross form; or, a small plastic cross from a Christmas ornament or necklace.
Message -- Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus' head.
Passage -- John 19:2
Item -- Small thorny branch, or a large thorn all by itself.
Message -- Soldiers parted Jesus' garments and cast lots for His coat.
Passage -- John 19:23
Item -- Swatch of burlap and a nail. I’ve also seen miniature dice used for this one.
Message -- Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced in His side.
Passage -- John 19:18,37 & John 20:25-29
Item -- A nail
Message -- They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink.
Passage -- Matthew 27:34
Item -- A small sponge
Message -- Spices to prepare Jesus for burial.
Passage -- John 19:40
Item -- 7 or 8 whole cloves, or other whole spices
Message -- The stone covering Jesus' tomb was rolled away.
Passage -- John 20:1
Item -- A small rock
Message -- The napkin around Jesus' head was lying separately from His linen clothers. He was not there. He has risen!
Passage -- John 20:6-7
Item -- A scrap of linen-type fabric
Original Article: Resurrection Eggs @ EasyFunSchool
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