Perhaps there’s no more important story to celebrate and tell than the Easter Story—that the Savior gave His life for us, and that because of Him we will live with our families again! As I brainstormed what I could do to make this story come alive and become a fun tradition for my kids, I loved the idea of Resurrection Eggs (especially because they make a nice connection between traditional Easter Eggs and the true meaning of Easter!). Resurrection Eggs are a sweet way to guide children through the symbols of the Holy Week; beginning with Christ’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, culminating with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The cards feature the following 12 events:
- Triumphal Entry
- Judas’s Betrayal
- Last Supper
- Obedience and Sacrifice
- Garden of Gethsemane
- Suffering for Mankind
- Mock Trial
- Suffering in Golgotha
- Burial and Tomb
- Eternal Life
Set of 1 dozen plastic eggs (preferably with a plastic eggshell container to store them)
12 Resurrection Egg Cards and Title Card (download provided below!).
Symbols to go inside the 12 eggs (see more information below):
1) Green foam cut in palm frond shape
2) 30 Dimes
3) Plastic Sacrament cup, foam slice of bread
4) Acrylic flowers
5) Bitter herbs and little cup
6) Puzzle made from a heart shape
7) Small strip of leather, a thorny branch
8) Nail, dice
9) Cross, toothpick spear
10) White strip of fabric, stone
11) Empty (like the tomb)
12) Bible figure
INSTRUCTIONS for creating symbols:
Many of the items for the symbols I had around the house, but they’re all easily made or picked up at a craft store! Aside from the self-explanatory ones, here are a few additional ideas for what I used to fill each egg. One material that I used for a few of the symbols is a foam sheet, so many uses, and really easy to cut up in shapes for these symbols! I used thin green foam to make the palm fronds and a thicker white foam to make the little pieces of bread, coloring the edges with a brown sharpie marker. The bitter herbs are real dried herbs so they’re a bit fragile, but I love the look of them. For the bitter cup, I found a red, plastic thimble around the house. I think a silver thimble would work nicely too.
I cut out a simple heart shape from paper and then sliced it down the middle to represent two halves of a broken heart (red foam would also work nicely!) The strip of leather I used is jewelry cording, and for the thorny branch, I just snipped one from the garden. For the cross, I joined two pieces of balsa wood using brown embroidery floss. The spear is made from a toothpick, tin foil folded in half and cut into shape, secured with embroidery floss. The white strip of fabric I used is just felt cloth. The only item I didn’t make or find around the house is the miniature bible, which I picked that up at a Michaels craft store.
For the eggs themselves, I purchased a plastic egg carton and bright plastic eggs with a hinged opening, and then simply used a sharpie marker to number each egg, corresponding with the Resurrection Egg Cards.
I love that this activity is hands on, and my children are thrilled by the surprise inside each egg and charmed by the miniature scale. While very young children may not normally stay focused for all of the stories, I’ve found they do so much better when they have the symbol to look at and play with.
This activity can be spread out through the week leading up to Easter, or can be done as an Easter Egg hunt all at once. You can find the download below for the cards below! I hope your family enjoys it as much as ours has!