Resurrection eggs: Biblical, reusable, educational, eco-friendly and healthy
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“Children love opening up the eggs to discover what is inside. There is, of course, a twist when you get to the final egg (number 12) and the children realise that it is intentionally empty before finding out how this relates to the empty tomb,” says Bettrys Lowe from Resource Church St Bart’s, Toowoomba
Resurrection Eggs are a great play-based alternative to giving chocolate at Easter.
What are Resurrection Eggs?
Resurrection Eggs are a way to engage with the Easter narrative using plastic eggs containing a symbol from one of the stories between Palm Sunday and Easter Day.
They are designed as a tool to help people recall the events of the Easter story in a fun visual way. Resurrection Eggs are appropriate for both children and adults and can be used within home, church or school settings.
Children love opening up the eggs to discover what is inside. There is, of course, a twist when you get to the final egg (number 12) and the children realise that it is intentionally empty before finding out how this relates to the empty tomb.
The other wonderful thing about these sets is that they draw upon more than just the cross and crucifixion of Jesus. They recall the betrayal of one of his best friends; they draw on Jesus’ loneliness and sadness in the Garden of Gethsemane while praying; they highlight how he was mocked and endured torture; and, they point to the hope and joy we can have in the resurrection.
Why use Resurrection Eggs?
The eggs are:
- Biblical, with each of the items directly linked to Gospel events.
- Reusable because they can be used annually.
- Educational because they teach the Easter story’s main events in a visual and tactile way (plus they help with counting, fine motor skills, sorting, ordering, and more).
- Eco-friendly because once created, there is no wastage or things that need to be added or refilled each year.
- Healthy because they are sugar-free.
Five top tips for creating your own Resurrection Egg sets:
- Create a thrifty version using what you already have at home. Recycle a cardboard egg carton and find items in your home and garden to put inside the eggs (such as a pebble, a small feather symbolising the rooster, some five-cent coins, a splinter of wood for the spear, etc).
- Number the eggs so they easily match the items and Easter story timeline. Permanent markers work well or use more durable vinyl cut-out numbers.
- If organising for a church or school group, order your cartons and items inside in bulk ahead of time. For things not available locally, check out Amazon or other similar sites. Encourage crafty people in your church to get involved in the production (we enlisted one of our parents who has a 3D printer to make the prayer hands, chalice cups, and spears for us).
- Print an explanation booklet to go with the Resurrection Egg sets. This helps parents walk through the story with their kids over and over again (we created this PDF booklet that you can download and print double-sided at full size before guillotining, folding and stapling).
- Use the eggs in a similar way to an Advent calendar – opening up a new one each day and reading the corresponding Bible story that matches. Or just let the kids play with them over and over again!