Apr 12, 2011

Resurrection Eggs | How To Host An Easter Party!

This year Callie is throwing a little Easter celebration with a few of her friends from church. We will be making Resurrection Egg kits, and I thought I would share with you how we will do this in case you want to do the same {before Easter}!

Resurrection Eggs, which I first learned about from my mother-in-law quite a few years ago, are basically a kit of one dozen plastic Easter eggs, and each egg contains a small prop which tells the story of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.  It's a great way to teach kids about the real story of Easter, and not just about chocolate bunnies that lay eggs and give baskets of toys.  :)

So here are my directions on how to throw a Resurrection Egg Easter Party!  It's easy, educational, and fun!

1.)  Send invitations a few weeks ahead of time. I used Evite and found some cute Easter-themed invitations. Also assign each guest a few props to bring {make sure they bring enough of each prop for each person attending}.  Also have each guest bring an empty egg carton (1 dozen size).

2.) Buy enough plastic easter eggs so that each person can have twelve eggs, each a different color.  I bought a few big boxes of plastic eggs last year at Target at the after-Easter sale {one box of pastels and one box of brilliant colors, and silver was even in the box!}.  If you want to do this party next year, buy a few boxes this year and save them!   

3.) Print off enough copies of the directions for one for each person to go with their kits (I simplified this and made up my own, there are many versions you can find online). CLICK HERE to download/print my PDF with directions and Bible verses for the Resurrection Eggs.

4.) At the party, have each child make their Resurrection Egg kits by filling the coordinating egg with the prop. Hand out a copy of the directions to each mom.  :)  

5.) Give the kids an Easter cookie and go through the Easter story with them, letting them open their eggs as you go and reading the coordinating Bible verse!

Below is another copy of my resurrection eggs story {similar to PDF}.  Have fun!  If you do this, I would love to hear about it or see your pictures!  :)  Be blessed~ nealy.

R E S U R R E C T I O N   E G G S

LIGHT PINK- palm branches John 12:12-13 {piece of palm leaf}
The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.  They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!”  “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!”

PINK-coins  Matthew 26:14-16 {2 dimes}
Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

ORANGE-bread Mark 14:32-35 {crouton-size piece of bread}
They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”  He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them.“Stay here and keep watch.”  Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.  “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

LIGHT YELLOW-thorns Matthew 27:27-29 {1-inch piece of thorn branch}
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, "Hail,  King of the Jews!"

YELLOW-whip  Matthew 27:30-31 {1-inch piece of leather cord}
And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and(I) led him away to crucify him.

LIGHT GREEN-nails John 19:16-18 {nail}
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

GREEN- sponge Matthew 27:48 {crouton-size piece of sponge}
Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink.

LIGHT BLUE-dice John 19:23-24 {dice}
 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.  “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”  This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” So this is what the soldiers did.

BLUE- spear John 19:31-37 {tooth painted silver}
 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.  These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,”and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”

LIGHT PURPLE- linen Matthew 27:59-60 {1-inch square of linen cloth}
And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

PURPLE-stone Matthew 28:2 {small stone}
And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

SILVER-empty Matthew 28:5-8 {nothing!}
But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you." So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.


Jenny said...

We just got our resurrection eggs in the mail! I was going to make them but Grandmommy sent us some. :) In each egg we also put a chocolate egg. There is a verse that says God's word is sweeter than honey. Have fun at your party!

Cheeky D said...

This is a really cute idea. My baby girl is 10 months but this is a great idea for me to keep for the future! Enjoy! Happy Easter!

Nikki said...

Oh fun! I remember doing this as a kid. I have wanted to do it with Cade, but haven't taken the time to try to find the directions. Perfect timing! He will love this.

alan and steph said...

I just got our set in the mail from FamilyLife! Can't wait to do it with Nora. :)

Kristen Wild said...

Well done. Thank you!

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