Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spiritual Easter Eggs

Last year some of the girls from our church and neighborhood 'Easter egged' our house. Basically they laid out lots of easter eggs in our front yard filled with candy for the kids to find, but amidst the candy filled eggs were also 12 numbered plastic 'spiritual Easter eggs'. I LOVED this idea and saved the spiritual Easter eggs along with the paper that went with it so that we could be sure to use this year after year as an Easter tradition. I love traditions for Christmas and Easter that help us remember the real reason for the special day. And this is one of them. Here are the directions in case any of you would like to duplicate it, and a few pictures of what we have. But the basic idea is that 11 days before Easter(so this year you'd want to start this March 24th), you begin opening these eggs; one egg each day(a type of advent activity): start with number one and on and on until you open the 12th egg on Easter. Each egg has a symbolic item inside and a scripture typed on a piece of paper that tells the story of Jesus crucifixion and resurrection. Here you go:

Spiritual Easter Eggs
12 plastic take-apart Easter eggs.
List of items to go in eggs with scripture references:
1. Sacrament cup
2. Small silver coins (2 or 3 dimes)
3. Piece of rope
4. Piece of soap
5. Piece of red cloth
6. Small nail
7. Dice
8. Jagged rock
9. Piece of white cloth
10. Round flat rock
11. Spices (cloves, cinnamon stick, etc.)
12. Nothing (though here I'd show the picture of Christ coming out of the tomb or talking with Mary; I also show corresponding pictures for different days if I have those pictures available.)

I'm only showing a few of the symbolic items inside of the eggs for this picture because I was too lazy to take them all out:

Number eggs on the outside with a fine-tip permanent marker or stickers numbered 1-12.
Roll up scripture and insert in the appropriate egg with the accompanying item.
Display in a pretty Easter basket.
With your family, open the eggs one at a time, in order, to share with them the story of Christ's death and resurrection.
This is a great "advent" style activity.
The first egg is opened with the family. The scripture is read and is placed to the side where the picture is then set up to go along with the egg. The picture and the contents of the egg are visible for a whole day. It really makes you begin to think about what happened to Christ.
And looking at the symbols in the eggs deepens the meaning.
Each day you open an egg (in order) and display a picture until Easter when the last egg is opened.

1. Matthew 26:39(sacrament cup)
And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless
not as I will, but as thou wilt."
2. Matthew 26:14-15(2 or 3 dimes)
Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
And said unto them, "What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?" And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
3. Matthew 27:1-2(piece of rope)
When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
4. Matthew 27: 24-26(piece of soap)
When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the
multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.”
Then answered all the people, and said, "His blood be on us, and on our children."
Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
5. Matthew 27: 28-30(piece of red cloth)
And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him,
and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
6. Matthew 27: 31-32(small nail)
And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
[And he was nailed to the cross, and crucified.]
7. Mark 15: 24(dice)
And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, ...
8. Matthew 27: 50-51, 54(jagged rock)
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared
greatly, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God."
9. Matthew 27: 57-60(piece of white cloth)
When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:
He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
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:
10. Matthew 27: 60, 62, 65-66(round flat rock)
And he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate...
Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
11. Mark 16:1, Matthew 28: 2, 5(spices)
And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had brought sweet spices, that they might
come and anoint him.
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.
And the angel answered and said unto the women, "Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified."
12. Matthew 28: 6(nothing)
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said...


Leatham Family said...

What a cute idea to teach kids why we really celebrate Easter! Hope you're feeling well, you're getting close!!

Lindsay said...

I did something similar last year but it was just 7 days before but my kids loved it!

Margot said...

I like this idea, especially that it takes the usually secular plastic eggs and uses them to teach about Christ.

I may have to invest in some plastic eggs...