This was a great lesson we did for Easter.
Purchasing your own set at the local store can be costly though. The last retail price I saw was $12.99 per set. That helped us decide to make our own.
There are lots of events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection that you could choose to represent in the story, this is the list that I chose to use. I chose the items because I think they give a decent picture of events, as well as items that would be familiar and easily understood by kids. They are also items that can be easily and cheaply acquired.
We took 2 Sunday mornings and walked through the Easter story using large versions of the symbols. At the end, we did a scavenger hunt where the kids started with an empty egg carton and then found 12 empty eggs by following clues. After they found their eggs they went to a station and filled their set of eggs with all the symbols so they had their own complete set of Resurrection Eggs. Not only did they walk away with a very cool set of eggs, but they had a tool that would allow them to share the Easter Story with their family and friends.
Egg contents and Bible verse support
|1||palm leaf||John 12:12-13|
|3||rope||Matthew 27:26||Mark 15:15||John 19:1|
|4||purple cloth||Matthew 27:28||Mark 15:17||luke 23:11||John 19:5|
|5||cross||Mark 15:21-22||Luke 23:26||John 19:17|
|6||thorns||Mark 15:17||John 19:5|
|7||dice||Matthew 27:35||Mark 15:24||Luke 23:34||John 19:23-24|
|8||sponge||matthew 27:48||John 19:29|
|10||gauze||Matthew 27:59-60||Mark 15:46||Luke 23:53||John 19:40|
|11||rock||Matthew 27:60||Mark 15:46||Luke 23:53|
|12||empty||Matthew 28:1-7||Mark 16:4-6||Luke 24:2-8|
palm leaf: Crowd waved palm branches. We used a pack of palm tree scrapbook stickers
coins: Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. We used quarter/nickle or 3 dimes
rope: Jesus was whipped. We used a piece of brown yarn
purple cloth: The purple robe the guards put on Jesus. We used a scrap piece of cloth
cross: The cross Jesus carried and was crucified on. We used a mini wooden cross.
thorns: The crown of thorns on Jesus' head. We used a twig from a bush and formed into a crown
dice: The guards cast lots for Jesus clothes. Available at the dollar store
sponge: Jesus was given a drink of vinegar from a sponge. Cut a sponge into pieces
sword: They pierced Jesus' side with a sword. We used the plastic toothpick type swords. (we did have to cut the tip to make it fit)
gauze: They wrapped Jesus on cloths to bury him. Cut a gauze pad
rock: The large stone to seal the tomb. We used a small pebble
empty: The tomb was empty!
This is the cover we used for each set of eggs
Here are some more photos: